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.
Banana Pudding is one of my favorite southern desserts and I love experimenting with it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Banana Pudding Cake is tall and impressive and worthy of any special occasion.
Watch a short How To Video for this recipe below.
- 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.
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This post was originally published August 2, 2014.
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