Banana Cream Poke Cake & More Banana Recipes

A moist, yummy poke cake that tastes just like banana cream pie or banana pudding!  This cake is simple to make using a store bought cake mix and whipped topping. 
Bananas are pretty popular in our house. It's the one fruit that every family member seems to love. Bananas are the perfect portable treat so just eating them plain is at the top of our list, but there are so many other ways to enjoy bananas, so here are just a few of my family's favorites.

We also love homemade banana pudding, smoothies, shakes banana pancakes, muffins and in pies. by far quick breads and pies are my favorite, but when the bananas start to get over ripe, I usually make Banana Bread or Muffins.

Besides quick breads and muffins I also love to bake cakes, so today I want to share an easy recipe for a Banana Cream Pie Poke Cake. Y'all know I love my sweets so when Walmart asked me to share a recipe using bananas I didn't waste anytime coming up with this yummy poke cake recipe.

I love the vintage jell-o poke cakes, so for me bananas, pudding and cool whip just sounded like the perfect combination. I have to say this banana cake turned out really good. I actually think it taste better the second day after the flavors settle in. If you love pudding poke cakes you need to try this version. I purchased everything I needed at my local Walmart, so let's get started. 

Bake the cake according to package directions for a 13 x 9 inch pan. Let the cake cool for 15 minutes, then poke holes in the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon. Try to space the holes a little less than 1 inch apart and make sure they're pretty deep.

Combine one box of pudding mix and 2 cups of cold milk in a large mixing bowl (preferably one with a spout) Using a whisk beat the pudding just until smooth - -about a minute. Pudding should still be thin and runny.

Carefully pour the pudding into the holes. Do this slowly until holes are completely filled, but pudding is not flowing all over the top of the cake. Put the cake in the refrigerator and chill for about an hour.

Remove cake from fridge. Slice the bananas and lay them on top of the pudding layer. 

Frost with cool whip and return to the refrigerator and let the chill until ready to serve.

For more delicious banana recipes
check out the recipes below. 

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What a great recipe Tina! We love bananas too and I'm going to check out some of your smoothie recipes as well. Thanks so much for sharing your special recipes with us.
Michelle said…
This looks so good. But unfortunately my girls don't like bananas.
Rebecca D said…
Made this and loved it! I only put bananas and cool whip on half at a time, because I don't like mushy bananas. Also, the cake had more flavor the next day. Thanks for the recipe!
Lovely recipe using bananas. My 10 year old is going to love this. Bookmarked.

Chanced upon your lovely blog today. Great going. :)
plumbing said…
Thanks for this great recipes using banana. It looks so delicious. We are planting banana that's why we are always have a lot of it. Now I have new recipes to do this weekend.
Karre W said…
I made this last night and all the kids loved it! The only change I made was I used Banana Cream pudding instead of vanilla ( it's what I had on hand) I'm thinking this recipe would be good using white cake, cheesecake pudding and strawberries. I might have to experiment a bit. Thanks for the great ideas!!
Jejessica said…
I used banana pudding, too, and I also mixed up a mashed banana in the cake mix. It had good, strong banana flavor, but it wasn't overwhelming. I agree that it's even better on the 2nd day!! Thanks for this!!
Anonymous said…
Made a half recipe for a small get together last night. Too bad. Nothing left over for the next day. Loved that this was not only yummy, but easy enough the grandkids could assist.
Anonymous said…
I'm going to try this for a company potluck. Except, I'm gonna frost with cookie cream. You take manilla cookies that have been dunked for a few seconds each in milk and line the bottom of a pan. Then you put on a layer of cool whip. You chill for thirty minutes and then mix the contents of the pan together because the milk will have made it do the cookies and cool whip can become one
Unknown said…
Just made this cake and it was delicious!!! The only thing different I did was in the directions on the cake called for 1 cup of water. I used 3/4 cup of banana liqueur than topped off with water to 1 cup. The alcohol cooks out and left a wonderful banana flavor.
Anonymous said…
I made this cake using a butter cake and added both a banana and a dry pudding mix in the batter. Made them half into cupcakes. Waiting for cake to chill. Can't wait to taste. Thanks.
Jack Danials said…
For those wanting to try this but don't care for banana's, try using coconut cream pudding. I used the kind you cook and filled the holes while pudding was still warm. I liked it a lot.