Yield: 20 slices

Banana Pudding Poke Cake Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes

This easy Banana Pudding Poke Cake has just a handful of ingredients! Fluffy yellow cake is bursting with a creamy banana pudding. Served chilled with a cool whip topping, it's a perfect summertime dessert!


For the Cake

  • 1 box yellow cake mix (15.25oz)
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 ripe bananas)
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs

For the filling

  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 boxes JELLO instant banana pudding mix (each is a 4-serving box)
  • 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
  • 12 Vanilla Wafer Cookies, crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray deep 13x9 baking dish with baking spray, or grease and flour. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat cake mix with bananas, water, and vegetable oil for 2 minutes. Add eggs and beat an additional two minutes.
  3. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove and cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, or a meat thermometer, poke holes all over the cake.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together the milk with banana pudding mix. Allow to sit two minutes until it begins to slightly thicken. Pour half over the warm cake, waiting a minute or two until it seeps into the holes (use an offset spatula to help). Then slowly pour the remaining pudding over the top, being careful not to let it run over the sides of the pan. (The cake will slowly absorb some of the pudding mix and soften down).
  6. Refrigerate cake 4 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, spread Cool Whip over the top and add crushed cookies.


  • Be sure to choose a deep 13x9 dish (or lasagna pan). I love this one! Try to choose one that is at least 2.5 inches deep.
  • Can't find the banana pudding mix? Use vanilla pudding instead. When ready to serve, top the pudding with sliced bananas then add the Cool Whip.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 267mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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