I decided to kick up this recipe a bit and add some toffee. During Christmas, I fix Pralines that go well-crumbled up on top of banana pudding. I did not have any Pralines, so I decided to try toffee. I found out that toffee also goes well with banana pudding. This Banana Pudding Toffee Poke Cake vanished.
The recipes for all poke cakes are pretty much the same. You cook the cake mix as normal. Make the pudding. Poke holes in the cake and add the pudding. It is really easy, but soooo delicious. If you enjoy banana pudding, you have to try this easy Banana Pudding Poke Cake recipe. You may have also seen it on Pinterest, but like me just never made it. Sometimes, it is the simplest things in life that can bring us the most joy. This is true with this easy cake. It was so easy and delicious that I cannot wait to make some of the other Poke Cake recipes I found.
Simple ingredients for the Banana Pudding Poke Cake include Yellow cake mix, Vanilla wafers, banana pudding, Cool Whip, and bananas.
Crush 1/2 box of Vanilla Wafers. Most recipes say to crush 20 wafers. However, I love the crushed Vanilla Wafers so just crushed half the bag.
Mix 4 cups of milk with the two boxes of pudding until smooth. If the pudding sets to long and thickens (like the picture above) it will not run in the holes very well. If this happens, add a tablespoon or two of milk so the pudding will run off the spoon easily.
Bake the cake at 350 degrees. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. About 25 to 30 minutes.
Use the back of a Wooden Spoon to poke holes 1/2 inch a part in the cake.
After poking holes in the cake with the back of a wooden spoon, add the banana pudding. Gently tap the baking dish on the counter to allow the pudding to seep down into the holes.
If the pudding sets to long in the bowl and thickens, it will not run in the holes very well. If this happens, add a tablespoon or two of milk so the pudding will run off the spoon easily. Add the Cool Whip, then the Heath candy, and last the Vanilla Wafers. The Health candy will keep the Vanilla Wafers from softening up.
1 box yellow cake mix - I had Better Crocker on hand. Mix the cake mix according to the directions on the box. Cake mix, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, and 3 eggs. Bake 350 degrees in a 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes.
2 boxes 3.4 ounces of instant pudding - I used banana flavored instant pudding mix. You could also use vanilla pudding.
Mix the pudding with 4 cups of milk. Refrigerate for about 5 minutes only.
8 ounce tub of whipped topping, thawed
8 ounce bag of Health English Toffee pieces
1/2 box of vanilla wafers, crushed
Once the cake has COOLED, poke holes about 1/2 inch apart all over the cake. Use the back of a wooden spoon. My wooden spoons looked so bad and I was afraid they were not sanitary. I tossed them in the trash last year. I was kicking myself. I really needed a wooded spoon to poke these holes. The holes need to be big enough to allow the pudding to seep down into the cake.
After the holes have been poked, add the pudding to the top of the cake. If you refrigerate the pudding too long it will not seep down into the cake.
Refrigerate the cake with the pudding on top until firm.
Add the tub of whipped topping to the top of the pudding.
Add 8 ounce bag of Health English bits.
Next, add all the crushed Vanilla Wafers to the top of the whipped topping and toffee. The Vanilla Wafers keep better if you add them on top of the Heath candy.
Make sure you add sliced bananas on top of each piece of cake when serving it.