Banana Pudding Cake Recipe

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Banana Pudding Cake Banana Pudding Cake A layer cake with all the flavor of Banana Pudding. Fresh bananas, Nilla wafers, and whipped topping give this cake  that wonderful down home nanner puddin flavor in a more sophisticated form.

Banana Pudding Cake

Banana Pudding is one of my favorite southern desserts and I love experimenting with it. From straight up banana pudding to banana pudding pancakes, banana pudding bars, and banana pudding cupcakes. Just about any dessert can be given some banana pudding love! Banana Pudding Cake

This Banana Pudding Cake contains 3 layers of cake flavored with mashed ripe banana. In between the layers of cake is really where all the pudding goodness comes in. Layers of Nilla wafers, fresh banana slices, and a thick and creamy pudding mixture made from a box of instant vanilla pudding, cream cheese, and heavy cream.

Banana Pudding Cake

And of course what would banana pudding be without whipped cream? Butter, confectioners’ sugar and a container of whipped topping are combined to make a creamy, delicious frosting.

Banana Pudding Cake

I don’t know which part I like better- the creamy banana pudding filling or the heavenly frosting. With all of the filling, this is one tall cake and it can feed an army. Store in the refrigerator. It will keep for 3 to 4 days.

Banana Pudding Cake

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A layer cake with all the flavor of banana pudding. Between the layers is a creamy banana pudding filling with Nilla wafers and fresh banana slices. The cake is covered in a delectable whipped topping frosting.
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mashed ripe banana
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 box Nilla wafers
  • 4 medium bananas, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Challenge butter, softened
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with baking spray with flour.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add oil, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract and beat on medium-low speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
  4. Beat in mashed banana.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pans doing your best to fill them with equal amounts.
  6. Place in oven and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  8. Place pudding mix and cream cheese in a medium bowl and beat with a mixer set to low speed until smooth. Gradually add in cream and beat until mixture is very thick.
  9. Arrange about 15-18 vanilla wafers on top of one of the cake layers. Use a spatula to spread half of the pudding mixture on top of the wafers. Top with ½ of the banana slices placed in a single layer.
  10. Place a second layer of cake on top of bananas, and repeat layers: vanilla wafers, pudding mixture, and bananas.
  11. Top with final layer of cake.
  12. Make frosting. Beat butter in a large bowl until creamy. Slowly add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth. Add whipped topping and beat until evenly mixed in.
  13. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. Decorate with vanilla wafers.
  14. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 3 days.
Adapted from Taste of the South Magazine

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68 thoughts on “Banana Pudding Cake Recipe

  1. I made this cake looks so good but why was my frosting so runny and why do I have to keep it in the refrigerator for 3 days before I can eat it.

  2. I came across the recipe online and while I am no means a great baker, decided to give it a try. It was a great decision! It is delicious and has all the banana pudding favors with an impressive presentation. Of course my family of four loved it but I also shared with several neighbors who were very impressed. I love this cake and plan on making it again when my husband’s family visits in a few months. Thanks for the post and recipe!

  3. You can use lady fingers instead of nella cookies just cut them in half and lay them up the cake Looks nice too. I added a fine crushed walnut to the top of the cake.

  4. I would like to try baking this cake for my boyfriend’s birthday! Planning to half the ingredients and bake a smaller one!
    And I would like to know if I am supposed to freeze and thaw the whipping cream for the frosting?

    1. I used Cool Whip for the frosting. You should be able to find it in the freezer section of the grocery store near the ice cream if you are in the US. You can let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight or it only takes an hour or two at room temperature.

  5. I am going to make this for my husbands birthday in two weeks…..he is a Banana Cake lover….myself no so much. In going over the directions I understand all except….wrapping the cake in plastic wrap….would this not disturb the icing….or is that before icing the cake????Thank you Pat

    1. I hope your husband loves this cake for his birthday Pat! Wrap the plastic wrap loosely around the cake. You can stick a few toothpicks into the top of the cake and they will hold the plastic wrap up off the top of the cake.

  6. I live in UK, what can be used instead of nilla wafers and instant vanilla pudding mix. Please advice. …..thanks

    1. Courtesy of a google search, Nilla wafers are a type of vanilla flavored shortbread, and pudding milk I read on a random site angels delight someone in the UK used as a substitute, also listed some places to possibly order pudding mix. It’s basically a custard mixed with milk and a certain type of startchy gelatin and it does not get cooked.

      If someone else knows for certain that would be great, like mentioned first this info is from a google search, no guarantees of the correct ingredients or informaion.

      Good luck

      1. Thank you for taking the time to help with Farzana’s questions! I agree that vanilla shortbread cookies would probably be the best substitute.
        Vanilla pudding mix is just a quick and easy way to make vanilla pudding. It can be purchased online .
        A recipe for homemade vanilla pudding could be used instead. This one would probably work fine!

  7. Should the vanilla pudding be already made prior to combining with the cream cheese or is it combined the powder and cream cheese?


  8. My brother jokingly showed me this cake and said he wanted someone to make this cake for his birthday – he LOVES banana pudding. Our Mom use to make it especially for him. Well, it’s not his birthday; however, we are getting together after several months of not seeing each other this weekend and I’m going to surprise him with this cake. This will be the first time I’ve made it. I pray that all the wonderful reviews are correct. I’ll let you know.

  9. Wow!!! This cake is absolutely amazing! I made it for my fiancées bday and we still can’t stop eating it. I realized I forgot the whipping cream! We were stopping by the liquor store picking up some wine and I saw bottle of bailey’s Irish cream liquor. I replaced the whipping cream with the baileys and it was definitely an added treat!!! Thanks for the amazing recipe I will definitely be making it again!

  10. I have to say, I don’t even like bananas, but I made this cake and I am officially addicted to it! I have been craving this cake since I made it last month and now since it’s my birthday, I have a perfectly good reason to make it again! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe, you have changed my opinion on bananas forever 🙂

  11. I want to make this cake but with only 2 layers of cake instead of 3. Can you tell me how much of each ingredient I would need?

      1. My cake turned out delicious…it was my first cake from scratch so making it was a little messy :)) Everyone loved it, but I do have a question about the aftermath of it. My cake was very thick (milk required texture lol) – almost like bread instead of moist cake. Is this the texture that it’s suppose to have?

  12. I have a family reunion to attend this coming Sunday Nov.3rd. Guess what one of my dessert’s is going to be? Yep, you guessed it……..this delicious looking cake.

    1. I have a question. I’m making it right now and I have to be honest, it’s the first cake I’ve ever made from scratch so… I’m trying to follow it exactly as it says. Can someone elaborate step 8 for me please? Do I make the pudding mix as instructed in the instant pudding mix as pudding, shaker method it got pie? and then add cream cheese to it, mix and afterwards mix the heavy whipping cream?

  13. Just finished this cake today for a birthday and have to say it turned out great. The only thing I don’t care for personally was how sweet the frosting is. But the recipe in whole is awesome and I’d recommend it to anyone who love bananas. Thank you for posting this you helped make someone’s birthday extra special.

  14. This cake is amazing, my neice thought I was faking when I said I made it because it looks like the picture lol. It tasted just like banana pudding! Thank you for this wonderful recipe .

  15. This cake is stunning, Christin! I love banana pudding too and all the layers in here sound incredible 🙂 Pinning and drooling for a piece or two right now!

  16. Yep. I could eat this entire cake with NO regrets. I am obsessed with banana pudding-anything so this is right up my alley! Your photos are stunners as usual, Christin! I just really reaaaally want a big ‘ol slice of this cake. 😀

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