BANANA PUDDING POKE CAKE – All the flavors you love in banana pudding come together in this Banana Pudding Poke Cake.  Trust me on this, this banana poke cake tastes every bit as good as it looks — it’s hard to go wrong with a nilla wafer banana pudding cake!

If you’ve never heard of a poke cake, you don’t know what you are missing! They have been around since the 1970’s thanks to the clever idea of Jell-O brand for an easy hip colorful dessert using a cake mix, Jell-O and Cool Whip.

A poke cake is simply a freshly baked cake (from scratch or a box mix)  poked full of holes (hence the name) with something sweet, creamy, or syrupy is poured over the cake to fill up the holes and infuse flavor and color to the cake.


Get Ingredients Here 

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 13×9-inch pan.
  2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, whole eggs and mashed bananas with electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute, then on medium speed 1 minute, scraping bowl as needed.
  3. Bake 38 to 42 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack 5 minutes.
  4. While cake is cooling, whisk cold milk and pudding mix together in a medium bowl until pudding is soft and thickened, about 2 minutes.
  5. Using the handle of a clean wooden spoon, poke holes in cake, almost to bottom of pan, about every 1/2 inch.
  6. Pour pudding over cake immediately; spread evenly, working back and forth to fill holes. (Some filling will remain on top of cake.) Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  7. Keep cold until serving.  Then, top with sliced bananas, whipped topping and crushed vanilla wafers.

It’s best to place toppings on pieces being served, not the whole cake (unless you’re serving the whole cake).

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