Banana Poke Cake

Last Updated on November 15, 2021 by Michele Tripple

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This banana poke cake is perfect for all occasions. Rich, moist, and easy to make, this dessert will have you hooked from that first bite! 

Pudding Poke Cake

There’s nothing quite like a good banana dessert. Whether it’s banana bread or banana cream cupcakes, our family cannot get enough banana! Bananas are a common love for many kids, so we wanted to share this amazing banana poke cake with you. Make it for your next birthday party or just for a special treat after Sunday dinner. No matter when you make it, you won’t be able to get enough of this amazing dessert.

One of our favorite things about poke cakes are how simple they are to make. They use minimal ingredients and they are so easy to prepare. We also love how customizable they are! It is so easy to substitute cake or pudding flavors for others to change it up! Oreo poke cake is perfect for the chocolate lover and unicorn jello poke cake is the perfect addition to any little girl’s birthday. No matter what flavor of poke cake you choose, we know you won’t be disappointed!

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Banana Poke Cake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Bake Time: 25 minutes

Cool Time: 1 hour

Chill Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Yield: 1 9×13 inch cake

Servings: 28 slices


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 – 3.4oz packages instant banana pudding mix
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 – 8oz tub whipped topping
  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafer cookies
  • Sliced bananas for topping (optional)

9×13 Cake Pan

Large Mixing Bowl

Wooden Spoon

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Rubber Spatula

Electric Hand Mixer

How to Make Banana Poke Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare a 9×13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour batter into the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool (about 1 hour).
  • Using the handle of a wooden spoon poke holes all over the cake (about 1 inch apart). 
  • In medium mixing bowl, combine instant pudding mix and milk. Whisk together until smooth. 
  • Pour pudding over cake and spread evenly.
  • Refrigerate for one hour.
  • Spread whipped cream over the pudding layer.
  • Top with crushed vanilla wafers and sliced bananas (optional) and serve immediately.

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • For an extra fluffy cake, use an electric hand mixer to beat batter on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Don’t rush the cooling process. If you pour the pudding over the cake before it is cooled, the pudding will be runny and the cake will be soggy. If you need to hurry, put the cake in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  • For an even richer cake, replace the oil with softened butter and the water with milk! Nobody will believe that you used a boxed cake mix!
  • Change it up with the flavors! Try using different flavors of cake mixes and mix up the pudding flavors to fit your preference. For a strawberry-banana take, use a strawberry cake mix and banana pudding. Top with sliced bananas and strawberries and serve immediately. Yum!


Be sure to store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. When stored properly, the poke cake should keep for up to 3 days.

Can I make this dessert ahead of time?

Yes you can! If preparing ahead of time, store in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Just before serving, spread the crushed vanilla wafers and banana slices on the top. 

Can I try other flavors in poke cake?

Yes! It is so easy to mix up the flavors in poke cakes! Just swap out the jello / pudding flavor for a different spin on this fun dessert! Try these varieties as well!

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Yield: 28

Banana Poke Cake

Banana Poke Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 31 minutes


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3eggs
  • 2 3.4 ounce packages banana pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 8oz whipped topping
  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafer cookies
  • Optional: Sliced bananas for serving


    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9x13 inch baking pan with a light coating of cooking spray. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, water, vegetable oil and eggs. Mix until thoroughly combined.
    3. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    4. Allow the cake to cool, then using the handle of a wooden spoon poke holes over each inch of the cake. Set aside.
    5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and milk.
    6. Spread pudding over cake, pushing over poked holes.
    7. Refrigerate for one hour.
    8. Spread the whipped topping over the pudding layer.
    9. Top with crushed vanilla wafer cookies and sliced bananas, if desired.

14 thoughts on “Banana Poke Cake”

  1. My husband is going to love this Banana Poke Cake. He loves anything with banana and will definitely have to give this a try. Thank you for the idea!


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