Easy southern banana pudding cake


Banana Pudding Cake is an elegant twist on a traditional favorite that had graced every southern table. Và this Banana Pudding Cake Recipe pairs layers of banana cake with a creamy pudding that is all topped off with a fluffy whipped frosting.

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Banana Pudding is a southern favorite & everybody’s grandmother has THE best recipe. Well, move over, Grandma! There is a new banana creamy pudding cake in town.

Southern Banana Pudding Cake takes all the best things about banana pudding và combines them with cake. Seriously …what could be better than that?!?! If you love banana pudding you’ll love this cake.

What is Banana Pudding?

Traditionally banana pudding is made by layering sliced bananas, vanilla wafer cookies, vanilla pudding or banana flavored pudding, và topping the whole thing off with mounds of fluffy whipped cream.

It’s usually made in advance & given plenty of time khổng lồ chill in the fridge. The longer the dessert sits, the more the cookies begin lớn absorb the pudding. When you take your first bite and taste the soft & creamy, banana-studded layers, you will understand what all the fuss is about.


So why mess with something that’s already so good? Because this banana cake recipe takes all the goodness of the traditional southern recipe and elevates it lớn a whole new level. As a bonus, this cake has that WOW factor that you don’t get with classic banana pudding.

Why Make This Recipe

It’s SO easy to make. Boxed cake và pudding mixes are the secrets to this easy banana pudding cake. The cake will be done in under an hour.You don’t need fancy tools. We will give you instructions khổng lồ pipe the frosting, but you don’t need to lớn run out and by a piping bag. Simply snip the kết thúc off of a plastic bag!You’ll have bragging rights. Go ahead and print out a few extra copies of this recipe because everyone will be singing your praises và asking for the recipe.It tastes great. Not only is this a pretty cake, but it is super delicious too!

Ready to lớn learn just how easy it is khổng lồ make this delectable southern dessert? Gather up those ingredients and I will show you….

How khổng lồ Make Homemade Banana Pudding Cake

Get the complete ingredients list & instructions from the recipe cardbelow.

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Lightly oil or spray cake tins with cooking spray & set aside & preheat oven khổng lồ 325 degrees F / 160 degrees C.Combine the ingredients for the cake batter (vanilla cake mix, flour, sugar, salt, eggs, water, vegetable oil, sour cream, vanilla extract & instant banana pudding set ) in a large bowl & divide it into three round prepared pans. Bake them for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.While the cakes are baking, prepare the pudding filling mixture ( cool whip whipped topping, whole milk, vanilla instant pudding mix and banana slices ) & refrigerate it until needed.Whip the ingredients for the frosting & set aside.Let cakes cool completely before layering và frosting the cake & topping with crushed vanilla wafers.

How khổng lồ Create This Beautiful Layered Cake

Place one of the cake layers onto a serving platter.Use a pastry brush khổng lồ spread the cake with half of the milk mixture.Cover the cake with a layer of vanilla wafers.Spread on half of the pudding mixture.Top the pudding with a layer of banana slices.Repeat the process finishing with a layer of cake that is ready lớn be frosted.Frost the cake và then garnish with crushed nilla wafers

Expert Tips

Allow the cake khổng lồ cool completely before frosting.Flat layers of cake will work best. If your cake layers have domes, use a serrated knife or a cake màn chơi to màn chơi them.A pastry bag will help create beautiful dollops of frosting. Cut the corner off of a plastic storage bag if you do not have a pastry bag.If you prefer you can serve this with fresh banana slices on top, Cut them just before serving.This dessert gets better with time, so make it a day ahead of time.To prevent your fresh bananas turning brown, slice just before using và squeeze on some lemon juice.Make sure the frosting is easily spreadable.

Pro Tip: place several Nilla Wafers in a Ziploc bag, crush them with a rolling pin, & use to lớn garnish the finished cake.

Delicious Variations

You can use yellow cake phối or trắng cake mix if you prefer.use half vanilla pudding phối if you prefer but you will get less of a banana flavor.You could use a sweet cream cheese frosting if you prefer.I love studding mini chocolate chips into the frosting for effect và flavor.Feel không tính phí to showroom some shredded coconut to lớn the filling and sprinkle on to the frosting.

Prep Ahead và Storage

Prep Ahead – you can bake the cake 2-3 days ahead of time, prepare the filling & frosting a day in advance, và store in an airtight container in the fridge until needed.


Can I Bake This Cake in Advance?

If you can resist digging in, will keep well in the fridge for several days. If needed, you can bake and frost the cake 2-3 days in advance.

Can I Freeze It?

The entire, frosted cake will not freeze well, but you can bake the cake layers up to several weeks in advance & freeze them.To vì so, wrap your individual cake layers in several layers of plastic wrap & place them in the freezer while still warm. If you plan to lớn leave them in the freezer for longer than a week, wrap then in a layer of foil as well.When you’re ready to lớn use, simply place the cakes out lớn thaw several hours in advance, & you will have delicious, extra moist cake layers that are ready khổng lồ be frosted.


Serving Suggestions

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