This Banana Caramel Poke Cake has a VERY moist cake layer topped with Banana JELL-O Pudding flavored Cool Whip. Caramel in the cake AND drizzled on top with some Nilla Wafers completes this luscious dessert.
I’ve never made a poke cake before. Wait, I’ve made JELL-O gelatin poke cakes. But never the kind that uses sweetened condensed milk.
After making this banana version, I AM SUCH A FAN. I can’t wait to make my next version.
I combined sweetened condensed milk with a jar of caramel ice cream topping sauce. It was a lot of moisture on top of this cake, BUT please, don’t let that deter you. Once you refrigerate the cake over night, it all gets soaked up and creates a super delicious bite of caramel banana cake.
I also mixed in some banana pudding mix to the cake mix. I knew it wouldn’t be enough banana flavor, so I added a second box of pudding mix to the topping. By mixing the pudding with only one cup of milk it remained nice and thick. Perfect when folding in the Cool Whip. I could eat the topping all by itself. Adding the crushed Nilla Wafers is also very essential. They provide that little bit of crunch with the cake. Totally necessary.
I guarantee if you bring this to a potluck people will want the recipe.
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I also love making NO BAKE Eclair Cakes. Layers of graham crackers with a pudding and Cool Whip filling. The original version is a family favorite, but the strawberry eclair cake has now become a requested recipe!
Summer is not complete until we have enjoyed at least ONE JELL-O gelatin poke cake! They are so fun and easy (change the flavor and colors too). We love layering our cake in a trifle bowl with a cheesecake filling!