If you enjoy banana pudding, you will love this easy Banana Pudding Poke Cake with toffee.

Banana Pudding Poke Cake Ingredients

To make this quick and easy cake, you will need a box of yellow cake mix, two boxes of instant pudding, milk, toffee bits, Nilla wafers, bananas, and whipped topping.



Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Banana Pudding Poke Cake

My family loves banana pudding.  To try something different, I went to the Betty Crocker website and Duncan Hines website, looking for the Banana Pudding Poke Cake recipe.  To this banana pudding poke cake recipe, I added a little crunch with heath bar bits.

Poke Cakes

The steps for most poke cakes are pretty much the same.  You cook the cake mix as usual.  Make the pudding.  Poke holes in the cake and add the pudding.  It is easy, but soooo delicious.  If you enjoy banana pudding, you have to try this easy Banana Pudding Poke Cake recipe.

Ingredients for the cake

Simple ingredients for the Banana Pudding Poke Cake include Yellow cake mix, Vanilla wafers, banana pudding, Cool Whip, and bananas.  You will also need the items on the back of the cake-mix for mixing up your cake.  

First Step:  Baking the Cake

For this recipe, you will need one box of yellow cake mix.  Use the instructions and ingredients on the back of the box to mix up your cake.  Bake the cake in a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Once the cake has cooled, poke holes about 1/2 inch apart all over the cake. Use the back of a wooden spoon

Pudding for the cake.

Pudding for the Poke Cake

Pudding is the secret ingredient in most poke cakes.  It keeps the cake moist and adds lots of flavors.

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 quickly.

When the pudding sets to long in the bowl and thickens,  it will not run in the holes very well.  Add a tablespoon or two of milk, so the pudding will run off the spoon easily if this happens.  Add the Cool Whip, then the Heath candy, and last the Vanilla Wafers.  The Health candy will keep the Vanilla Wafers from softening up.

Whipped Topping

You can always use frozen whipped topping from the grocery store, but there is nothing like fresh whipped topping.  To make the sweetened whipped topping, use an electric mixer and whip one cup of sugar with 1/4 cup confectioners sugar.  Watch it closely if using an electric mixer.  You do not want to over beat the whipped cream.  It will turn to butter.  You can use a whisk, but your hand may get tired before the whipped topping has reached stiff peaks.

Crushed Cookies

To crush cookies to decorate the top of your banana pudding desserts, toss your cookies in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds.  If you do not have a food processor, no worries!  Place the cookies in a ziplock bag and seal the bag.  Take something heavy like a rolling pin or a cast-iron skillet and beat the cookies.  I have a food processor but often chose to use a ziplock bag to crush my cookies because it is so much fun to beat my food.

Crust cookies in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin.

Add Toffee to Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Add Heath Bar bits to the top of the cake.

This Banana Pudding Poke Cake includes toffee to add crunch.  It also serves as a great item to decorate the top of the cake.  During Christmas, I fixed Pralines and crumbled up on top of banana pudding.  They are delicious with banana pudding.  I did not have any Pralines, so I decided to try toffee.  The toffee added crunch to this Banana Pudding Toffee Poke Cake and was delicious.  To keep the toffee from getting soft, add it along with crushed Nilla wafers to the cake just before serving.


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Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Quick and Easy Post Cake Using a Cake Mix and Instant Pudding Mix.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best dessert, cake, cake mix, cake-mix cake, dessert, dessert desserts, easy recipe, layered dessert, poke cake, quick & easy, quick and easy dessert
Servings: 12
Calories: 199kcal


  • 1 15 ounces box yellow cake mix 1 cup water, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, and three 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 3.4 ounces boxes instant pudding banana or vanilla flavor
  • 4 cups milk Refrigerate for about 5 minutes only
  • 8 ounce whipped topping thawed
  • 8 ounce English Toffee pieces
  • 1/2 box 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. Therefore, I tossed them in the trash last year. I was kicking myself because I needed a wood 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.
  • Keep refrigerated.


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 136mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 363IU | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 1mg

Banana Pudding Poke Cake


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