Banana Pudding Poke Cake is a homemade yellow cake, banana flavored pudding, banana slices, and fresh, lightly sweetened whipped cream. It is a moist and delicious cake recipe full of banana flavor that has Grumpy’s stamp of approval.
This dessert recipe is a smaller batch recipe. Great for when you want dessert but don’t want a big cake sitting around tempting you in the following days. It is made in a 9×9 square cake pan and makes 12 servings.
Banana Pudding Poke Cake and a baby
Grumpy loves poke cake, his favorite is this Jello Poke Cake. It is something he remembers eating in his childhood. So, I like to try and make a poke cake every once in a while to celebrate a special occasion. And, we had a special occasion to celebrate!
We were having a family dinner to celebrate the great news that we are going to become grandparents in August 2020. The news was a cause for celebration and a special dessert. I had been craving bananas lately and had recently tried Magnolia’s Banana Pudding on a trip to NYC, so I made this Banana Pudding Poke Cake for our family dinner.
What is a poke cake recipe?
The poke cake became popular in the 1970s. I remember my Mom making this cake. I was a layer cake that had holes poked in it using a fork. Hot jello was poured over the cake, refrigerated, then covered with Cool Whip before serving.
The poke cake also could be made with pudding, however, instead of poking the holes with a fork, you would poke the holes with the handle of a wooden spoon. Your choice of pudding would be poured over the top of the cake, and then covered with cool whip. It really was a great recipe idea and a super convenient way to make dessert the whole family loved.
What you need to make this recipe
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Many poke cake recipes call for a yellow cake mix. I very rarely buy cake mixes and prefer the texture of a homemade cake over that of a cake mix. So, for this recipe, I made a homemade yellow cake.
Bananas: You want the bananas to be ripe, but not overripe. Save the overripe bananas for Banana Bread.
Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.
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