Banana Pudding Cake Recipe

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

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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

Tips for making this recipe:

  • In step 8 of the recipe, you are only mixing the dry pudding mix and the cream cheese. DO NOT add milk to the pudding mix and be sure to use INSTANT pudding mix and not the kind that needs to be cooked.
  • Be sure to use a full 2 cups of mashed banana in the cake batter. Not only does it provide flavor, but it keeps the cake moist.
  • You could use Banana-flavored Pudding Mix, but the cake may have too much banana flavor. It is a matter of personal preference.

Banana Pudding Cake

This Banana Pudding Cake is tall and impressive and worthy of any special occasion.

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Banana Pudding Cake

Banana Pudding Cake Recipe

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 684kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
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.
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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 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
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 box Nilla wafers
  • 4 medium bananas, thinly sliced


  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with baking spray with flour.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add oil, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract and beat on medium-low speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Beat in mashed banana.
  • Pour batter into prepared pans doing your best to fill them with equal amounts.
  • Place in oven and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 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.
  • 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 1/2 of the banana slices placed in a single layer.
  • Place a second layer of cake on top of bananas, and repeat layers: vanilla wafers, pudding mixture, and bananas.
  • Top with final layer of cake.
  • 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.
  • Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. Decorate with vanilla wafers.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 3 days.


Adapted from Taste of the South Magazine


Calories: 684kcal

This post was originally published August 2, 2014.

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124 thoughts on “Banana Pudding Cake Recipe

  1. This has become my go-to-cake for compliments. Not too heavy even though it’s full of calories. But here’s my pet peeve–“It’s a Lie!” that it only takes 25 minutes to prepare. You gotta mash bananas and then make the cake and then make the filling and then let the cake cool and then make the frosting. I’ve made this cake four times now and my minimum is two hours–including a few breaks to rest up. But like I say, it’s my go-to-favorite.

  2. OMCake!!! This is a must bake 😁 I have a young friend who constantly challenges me to bake cakes more delicious than the previous and he loves bananas!!!
    This is so on
    Thanks for the recipe

  3. This cake recipe is excellent, i do not love the chemical taste of the boxed pudding, or the cool whip, but all together this is a great cake. i will use the cake recipe from now on for my version of this cake. Thank you!

  4. Can you make this cake in a 9 x 13 baking dish ? I am not a fan of making layer cakes but love the recipe

  5. I like banana no a rightfully so I believe I would like the banana pudding cake would you please send the recipes to my email, including the banana pudding cheesecake because I don’t know how to put it on my phone, my email is

  6. I would like to make this cake tonight. But, unfortunately I only have whipping cream, Not Cool Whip. Can I whip up the whipping cream instead of using Cool Whip to make the icing?

  7. Please eliminate some of these reviews. It’s impossible to print the recipe for future reference without using up all your ink and paper

  8. Hi! Could you make this with a 3.4 oz box of banana flavored pudding instead of the vanilla or do you think that would ruin it or overpower the taste/cake? Thoughts? Thank you!

  9. Made this cake for a family dinner and it was the BOMB!! Everyone loved it and I’ve been asked to make it again. Just printed it out for my best recipes binder, cuz this one’s a keeper!

  10. Hate to seem in such a hurry but if my bananas sit on more day on the counter my hubby will make me trash them. Can this be baked as a bundt cake. I do not have all the other ingredients. If so how Lind should I bake it. Thanks

    1. Don’t throw out ripe bananas . Peel them, put in freezer bag and pop into freezer. Makes wonderful cakes and banana bread!!!!!!

  11. This cake is amazing! It isn’t too sweet and my family and friends loved it. My brother in law even said it tasted and looked like a professional cake. Now I have to make it for my husband’s birthday every year.

  12. Just verifying….most receipes I have done call for unsalted butter. For the frosting…do I use unsalted or salted butter? My gut says unsalted but my OCD says to email and be sure before wasting butter! πŸ™‚ Thank you!

    1. With my recipes, if it doesn’t specify unsalted, I used salted which is what I use for this recipe. I know a lot of bakers like to use unsalted butter, but I hate the way it tastes when I slather it on bread and I don’t always want to buy two types of butter. You could definitely use unsalted but you may want to add a little salt too. πŸ™‚

  13. I want to make this for a weekend treat but I’m not sure if I’m understanding the recipe. Where is the heavy whipping cream added in the recipe? I see it in the ingredients but not in the instructions. Am I missing something?

      1. I make poke cakes, quite a bit, and I have found that if you use cooked pudding, instead of instant, it I, too, would leave out the cream cheese. On top of a cake layer, I would place the sliced banana’s, then pour on the still hot pudding, saving half for the next layer. Chill both layers, before putting the cake together. I may even be tempted to put a mashed banana in the cake mix. The heated vanilla pudding, over the banana slices, has an added bonus. The pudding takes on the taste of the banana. I am going to try this, soon, and I will let you know how it turns out.

        1. My typing is crap today. I find that cooked pudding thickens and holds its form better than instant…and so I too, would leave out the cream cheese, and simply chill the layers before assembling the cake.

  14. I plan to make this cake for Thanksgiving and if I make it a day ahead will the bananas get soggy on the cake and does this cake need to be stored in the refrigerator since I’m making it a day ahead.

    1. Yes, store in the refrigerator and it will taste just as good the next day. If you don’t want it to be cold when you eat it, just take it out of the fridge and hour or two ahead of serving.

  15. 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.

    1. I says that you can store in the refrigerator for up to three days. It does not mean that you have to store it three days before eating.

    2. My frosting was very runny as well, and my cake turned out too dense and gummy… Can I substitute butter milk for whole milk and baking soda for baking powder??

    1. Yes absolutely! The homemade custard is the only filling I use between the layers for my cake! It’s great, everyone loves it & it’s my Mom’s own recipe!πŸ˜† so yes try it instead!πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

        1. I use Betty Crocker’s vanilla pudding recipe when making banana pudding. I’m pretty sure you can find that online. It’s good!

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


  22. It has been ages since I have had Nilla wafers…they go perfectly with this cake. What a beautiful site…sounds like heaven. Pinning. xo, Catherine

  23. 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.

  24. Wow!!! This cake is absolutely amazing! I made it for my fiancΓ©es 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!

  25. 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 πŸ™‚

  26. 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?

  27. Just a question though.

    Will the vanilla wafers soften up a bit, or will they remain with the same original cookie crunch??

      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?

  28. 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?

  29. 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.

  30. 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 .

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it Barbara! It really does have a banana pudding taste doesn’t it? How funny your niece thought you were faking it. You must have impressed her πŸ™‚

  31. 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. πŸ˜€

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