Banana Split Poke Cake

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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Yield: 24 large slices

Banana Split Poke Cake

Prep Time 3 hours 10 minutes


  • 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
  • ¼ cup chocolate syrup
  • 24 maraschino cherries


  • Prepare white cake according to package directions for a 13x9 cake.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk until smooth.
  • Remove cake from oven and poke holes all over the cake. Pour pudding immediately over warm cake. Refrigerate for 3 hours, or overnight.
  • 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.

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

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Posted on July 2, 2014

Comments & Reviews

  1. I made this cake twice and each time it’s never any left overs!! Instead of using the yellow box cake – I use strawberry cake mix and it’s a hit every time! I will be making this for memorials day as a requested from my sister!! Thanks for sharing ♥️

  2. If I don’t have Strawberries, what is the best substitute for the Strawberries, I really want to try this cake, I can get all except for Strawberries..

  3. 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?

  4. 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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  6. 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!

  7. This is totally going to be a crowd pleaser. Love the moist cake topped with all the delicious fixings for a banana split.

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

  9. How fun! I love all the toppings! I’m so into poke cakes right now too!

  10. This is such a fun recipe!! I never would’ve thought to turn a classic dish like banana split into a cake!

  11. 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!

  12. I am loving all those fun toppings all over the pudding cake!!! Such a delicious cake for a picnic!!!

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