Banana Caramel Poke Cake

This Banana Caramel Poke Cake has a VERY moist cake layer topped with a sweet banana flavored frosting. Caramel in the cake AND drizzled on top with some Nilla Wafers completes this luscious dessert.

Banana Caramel Poke cake: deliciously, moist banana cake topped with caramel, Cool Whip and JELL-O pudding.

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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 flavor. I guarantee if you bring this to a potluck people will want the recipe.

How to make a poke cake:

  • In a large mixing bowl add cake mix and ingredients to make a 13×9 cake (according to package). Mix in box of pudding mix. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13×9 baking dish. Bake according to package directions.
  • Remove from oven and poke holes all over the top of the cake. I used a meat thermometer to make all my holes. 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. Some sauce will remain on top of the cake. That’s okay!! Cover cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.Once you refrigerate the cake over night, it all gets soaked up and creates a super delicious bite of caramel banana cake.
  • I added a box of pudding mix to the Cool Whip 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. Top with crushed cookies and drizzled caramel sauce. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Use within 3-4 days. ENJOY

Banana Caramel Poke cake: deliciously, moist banana cake topped with caramel, Cool Whip and JELL-O pudding.

If you love today’s Banana Caramel Poke Cake recipe, you’ll also love these desserts:

Pudding cakes. They are a bit different from poke cakes, but still very delicious and very easy! I have Chocolate, Lemon and Butterscotch versions on the blog!

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NO BAKE Eclair Cakes. Layers of graham crackers with a pudding and Cool Whip filling. The chocolate eclair cake is a family favorite, but the strawberry eclair cake has now become a requested recipe!

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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!

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Banana Caramel Poke cake: deliciously, moist banana cake topped with caramel, Cool Whip and JELL-O pudding.

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Banana Caramel Poke Cake recipe:

Yield: 16 servings

Banana Caramel Poke Cake

Prep Time 6 hours
Cook Time 28 minutes

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.

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 1 box (16.5oz) yellow cake mix (with ingredients to prepare, according to box)
  • 1 box (3.4oz) banana cream JELL-O pudding mix
  • I can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 jar (12oz) caramel ice cream topping sauce

For the Topping:

  • 1 box (3.4oz) Banana cream JELL-O pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 16oz Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 cup Nilla Wafer cookies, crushed
  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping sauce

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl add cake mix and ingredients to make a 13x9 cake (according to package). Mix in box of pudding mix. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13x9 baking dish. Bake according to package directions.
  2. Remove from oven and poke holes all over the top of the cake. I used a meat thermometer to make all my holes. In a small bowl, mix sweetened condensed milk with caramel sauce. Pour over warm cake, being sure to pour over the holes. Some sauce will remain on top of the cake. That's okay!! Cover cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  3. To make the topping, beat pudding mix with milk until no lumps. Fold in Cool Whip. Spread over cake. Top with crushed cookies and drizzled caramel sauce. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Use within 3-4 days. ENJOY!

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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.

*Today’s recipe for Banana Caramel Poke Cake was originally posted on Shugary Sweets on June 2, 2013 and has been republished in June 2018. 

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Posted on June 3, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. I made this yesterday, and, oh, my goodness, it is dangerous! The only change I made was to add a layer of bananas on top of the caramel and before the cool whip topping. Oh, and I only had 8 oz. of cool whip, but it was still great. Thanks for the recipe!!

  2. Great recipe except for the Cool Whip,it leaves an after taste…When you spend time on a great recipe why settle for a under standard product…use the whipped cream..it’s so much better…..thank you for a sure fire hit recipe!! Mickey C.. Fort Walton Beach Florida

  3. I just made an apple/caramel poke cake! Yours looks spectacular!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Wish I could have a big ol piece right about now!

  4. I love banana anything and this cake looks ridiculously moist! I’ve never made a poke cake either…gotta try this one. 🙂

  5. Woah – this sounds amazing! I haven’t made a poke cake before (just the ones with jello), but obviously I need to correct that. This one looks phenomenal!

  6. This is awesome! I love that you folded the pudding right into the whipped cream, what a great idea!

  7. I’ve never heard of a poke cake, but the texture looks amazing! Banana and caramel is such a winning combination!

  8. Pudding poke cakes are my favorite, for sure. Growing up my mom used to make them a lot. This one sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to try it! At Disneyland, I tried banana caramel french toast and I can’t get the flavors out of my head!

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