The Country Cook: No-Bake Chunky Monkey Cake

Monday, July 7, 2014

No-Bake Chunky Monkey Cake

Hello, friends! It's Holly from Life in the Lofthouse here today to share a delicious and no-fuss pudding cake! With this summer heat, it's no bake and cold desserts that we all crave.
This divine pudding cake has layers of chocolate and vanilla pudding stacked between graham crackers. Then it's topped off with slices of banana and crushed graham crackers. I made this cake for our 4th of July barbecue and it was such a huge hit! It was gone in no time at all. The kids and adults were all raving about it afterwards!
1 package (3.4 ounce) vanilla instant pudding mix
3 cups cold milk, divided use
1 package (3.9 ounce) chocolate instant pudding mix
2 cups cool whip, divided use
1 banana
1 box graham cracker squares

Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with foil. Line the bottom of pan with a single layer of graham crackers. You may have to break some so they fit.

In a medium-bowl, add the vanilla pudding mix with 1-1/2 cups of milk. Whisk to combine. Then fold in 1 cup of the cool whip. Pour the vanilla pudding mixture over the graham crackers. Spread out evenly. Top the vanilla pudding layer with another layer of graham crackers.

In a separate bowl, add the chocolate pudding mix and remaining 1-1/2 cups of milk. Whisk to combine. Fold in the last 1 cup of cool whip. Spread the chocolate pudding mixture over the second layer of graham cracker squares. Cover pan with saran wrap, and place in the refrigerator to set at least 4 hours, or overnight.

When ready to serve, slice the banana in thin slices and spread slices over the cake evenly. Crush 1 graham cracker and sprinkle crumbs over the cake. Slice and serve!


  1. That looks delish! Love how it's no bake too. :)

  2. I'm getting out of my chair right now and making this. Hubby will LOVE it.

  3. Okay, graham crackers just earned a place of honor on this week's grocery list. :)

  4. Oh my this looks absolutely scrum my and will definitely be tried out.
    Just a question or two before hand...
    1. From Isle of Man (English) so what could be used instead of graham crackers ??
    2. Is vanilla pudding the same as our custard.

    Cheers Deb x

  5. My grandma made this when I was a little girl...... So yummy.....

  6. Debbie Hayes,
    That's the nice thing about recipes you can always make them your own. I don't know what English means but you could use thin shortbread cookies or ginger snaps or vanilla wafers, etc. Use your imagination, like different flavered puddings. Vanilla pudding is almost like custard. I think custard is a little richer and I prefer custard.

  7. Why do you line the pan with foil? Doesn't make the slicing/serving messy?

  8. Can this be made with sugar-free pudding?


  9. Yes, I have made it for years, back when our kids were little and I use sugar free pudding all the time and it is excellent.

  10. This looks delicious! So impressive for a no bake recipe.
    Hannah | Hannah Bakes Things

  11. I tired this tonight. Yum! Thank you so much for sharing <3

  12. My mother made this for dessert and was always a big hit with the family. I'm 75 years old and now make it for my great grandchildren.

  13. This is an awesome desert. I ha e been making it for years now. Except I call it Ice box cake. I use 3 bananas and put sliced bananas between all layers.

  14. My mom made this for years - only she didn''t put the cool whip in the pudding and sheet a layer of bananas on the first level of pudding. - it always goes fast when you make it.

  15. This looks great and I have all of the ingredients handy...but what I am wondering is will this hold up if set outside for an outside cookout or should it be kept inside?


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