Banana Split Poke Cake

by aimee @ shugarysweets on July 2, 2014

A delicious, easy summer cake recipe: Banana Split Poke Cake. Made with a white cake mix, banana pudding, fresh berries, pineapple and all the fixings. This will go fast at dessert, so make sure you get a big slice before it’s gone!

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Banana Split Poke Cake: delicious summer treat for your next bbq!

It’s true. I’m a new addict to Poke cakes. They are so ridiculously easy, and they are the perfect dessert to bring to any potluck or bbq this season.

And of course, since it’s Banana Split Week, it’s only right that I share a Banana Split Poke Cake recipe with all of you!

I made this cake last month when we celebrated our house being sold with our neighbors. Not only did we have Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars, but we had this delicious cake. And it went fast!

Banana Split Poke Cake: delicious summer treat for your next bbq!

The layers in this cake are so easy to assemble. Start by baking up a white cake mix in a 13×9 pan. I prefer to use glass baking dishes, only because I think poke cakes look so pretty in them!

Once your cake is done baking, whip up some instand banana pudding and milk. The “poke cake” gets it’s name because you are going to poke holes all over your cake and pour the pudding into the warm cake. You can use anything really to poke the holes. A large fork. A wooden spoon handle. I use a meat thermometer!

After pouring your pudding into the cake, pop it into the refrigerator. This chills the cake and sets the pudding. Poke cakes are best served COLD. This can be made the night before too for easy assembling the day of serving.

Once your cake is chilled, start adding the toppings. Crushed pineapple (drained), sliced bananas and strawberries, cool whip, chocolate, cherries. Just like a banana split! Take to your party and enjoy!!

Be sure to stop over at Jocelyn’s and see what delicious treats for Banana Split Week she is sharing!

Banana Split Poke Cake: delicious summer treat for your next bbq!

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Banana Split Poke Cake

Prep Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 24 lg slices


  • 1 white cake, prepared in a 13x9 dish
  • 1 box (3.4oz) Instant Banana Pudding mix
  • 2 cup milk
  • 2 large bananas, sliced
  • 8oz strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 12oz Cool Whip
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 24 maraschino cherries


  1. Prepare white cake according to package directions for a 13x9 cake.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk until smooth.
  3. Remove cake from oven and poke holes all over the cake. Pour pudding immediately over warm cake. Refrigerate for 3 hours, or overnight.
  4. When chilled, top with sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, crushed pineapple and Cool Whip (in that order). Drizzle with chocolate syrup and place cherries on top. Serve cold.

Banana Split Poke Cake: delicious summer treat for your next bbq!

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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life July 2, 2014 at 7:25 am

I am loving all those fun toppings all over the pudding cake!!! Such a delicious cake for a picnic!!!
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Mir July 2, 2014 at 7:36 am

Cannot get enough of this great theme week! You and Jocelyn are fabulous!
Poke cakes are the best. I never knew about them until about a year ago, and now I can’t stop making them! And this one is definitely going in the rotation!
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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel July 2, 2014 at 8:08 am

This is such a fun recipe!! I never would’ve thought to turn a classic dish like banana split into a cake!
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Cookbook Queen July 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

This looks so wonderful!
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Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction July 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm

This has to be the best poke cake I have ever seen!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 3, 2014 at 9:02 am

Awww thanks so much! Quite a compliment :)


Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar July 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm

How fun! I love all the toppings! I’m so into poke cakes right now too!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 3, 2014 at 9:00 am

Umm, yes you are! Baklava poke cake sounds amazing!


Averie @ Averie Cooks July 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm

What a fun cake and so perfect for the summer! :) Love the pudding mix included – a must for extra moist cakes!


aimee @ shugarysweets July 3, 2014 at 8:59 am

Thanks Averie, I’m becoming a big fan of these poke cakes!!!


aux fourneaux July 3, 2014 at 5:43 am

These look and sound absolutely amazing! this is just beautiful!!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 3, 2014 at 8:57 am

Thank you!


TidyMom July 3, 2014 at 8:22 am

oh how I love poke cakes! and banana split is going to be next on my list to make!!


aimee @ shugarysweets July 3, 2014 at 8:54 am

Thanks Cheryl! It’s so refreshing for summer!!!!


DessertForTwo July 3, 2014 at 8:45 am

I just don’t think I can resist this. I need it for 4th of July!!!!
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Christie - Food Done Light July 3, 2014 at 9:31 am

This is totally going to be a crowd pleaser. Love the moist cake topped with all the delicious fixings for a banana split.
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Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) July 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

I’m wishing I had all the ingredients for this right now!! Maybe I should call my hubby to stop at the store! It looks so good!
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Marly July 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Banana pudding over a pokey cake sounds so delicious!


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Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner July 8, 2014 at 9:40 am

I have to admit that I’m not usually one for poke cakes but this is the best looking one I’ve ever seen! You may have converted me. ;) Yummy yummy!!
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Ida October 27, 2014 at 3:07 pm

looks wonderful so doing WW now and would love to do this and not feel so guilty. I make cakes using diet soda so thinking diet 7 up then sugarfree pudding and add points for the fruit and using light cool whip. They do sell sugar free chocolate syrup maybe for go the cherries???? Do you think this might work?


aimee @ shugarysweets October 28, 2014 at 10:52 am

Oh I think that sounds delicious!!


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