Our Banana Pudding Cake is an incredibly moist three-layer dream cake with a cream cheese pudding filling, lots of bananas, and a luscious frosting.

Banana Pudding Cake garnished with Vanilla Wafers on a cake stand

I’m going to be really straightforward right now and state that I love cake, especially banana pudding cake. It’s so wonderfully delicious, and my banana pudding cake recipe is so easy to follow that I probably make it more than I should. Save yourself the hardship of a banana pudding cake pinterest search, because I have exactly what you need right here. Pour a cup of coffee, let your bananas ripen, sit back and feast your eyes on the best banana cake recipe from scratch ever to exist. Of course, if you’re on the hunt for another moist, triple layer creation packed with banana and other tropical flavors, I have that too. It comes in the form of Hummingbird Cake, and it is amazing. But lets concentrate on bananas now!


  • The cakes deliver Serious banana flavor.
  • The cake layers are incredibly moist.
  • The cake, pudding, frosting combo is crazy, crazy, crazy Delish!

How to make a Homemade Banana Pudding Cake:

My recipe for banana pudding cake is pretty simple. Yes, I admit that it does tower over the banana pudding cake Trisha Yearwood whips up. However, acquiring the bananas and pudding is probably the hardest part. Start by making the banana pudding cake recipe from scratch. This is simple and straightforward; mix dry ingredients, mix wet ingredients, combine and pour into pans. Next, create your pudding layer by using a hand mixer. Finally, make your frosting…and there you have it! Now, assembly,  et voila!  You’ve just made a gorgeous showstopper. Follow the detailed instructions below and your cake will be the best banana pudding cake on Facebook. Oh, stop, you know you’re going to put it on Facebook. Tag us! Ahem, moving right along…

Note* If there’s just no time for three layers, try my Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. This is a super easy, one layer cake made in a 9×13 baking dish. Sometimes, less is more. Only sometimes. LOL!




A slice of Banana Pudding Cake on a plate with fork on the side

What are the ingredients for Banana Pudding Cake?

The ingredients in banana pudding cake can differ. A great example is the banana pudding cake Paula Deen recommends. She uses Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies. There will be none of that here. I make my banana pudding cake with vanilla wafers. No ifs, ands or buts about it! Other than the wafers being a key ingredient, my recipe for banana pudding cake doesn’t call for anything too crazy.

  • Cake: Flour, baking soda, salt, bananas, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, sour cream and vanilla
  • Filling: Instant vanilla pudding, cream cheese, heavy cream
  • Frosting: Butter, vanilla pudding, powdered sugar, whipped topping
  • Garnish: Bananas, whole vanilla wafers, crushed vanilla wafers

Note* Banana cakes can vary, so make sure you pick the best recipe for you and your family. The banana pudding cake recipe Southern Living lists is actually a banana pudding poke cake. Our own recipe for that will be posted soon, so be on the lookout! Also, this is not a banana pudding cheesecake, despite the call for cream cheese filling.

Step By Step How To Make Banana Pudding Cake Collage

Step-by-Step Assembly Overview for Banana Pudding Cake:

  1.  Bake and completely cool cake layers.
  2. Pipe a border of frosting around 2 of the layers.
  3. Place a layer of thinly sliced bananas within the border of the 2 layers.
  4. Divide the pudding mixture in half and pipe or spread 1/2 of it on the top of the 2 layers with sliced bananas.
  5.  Sprinkle the tops of each pudding layers with about 3/4 cup crushed vanilla wafers. Gently press them down into pudding slightly.
  6.  Stack the 2 pudding topped layers on top of one another then top with the 3rd layer.
  7.   Finish the cake by completely frosting the exterior and decorating with a rim of a whole ‘Nilla Wafers around the base and top with remaining 1/2 cup crushed ‘Nilla Wafers.

**See Full Instructions In Recipe Below**

Banana Pudding Cake garnished with Vanilla Wafers on a cake stand


Banana Pudding Cake garnished with Vanilla Wafers on a cake stand
5 from 5 votes

Banana Pudding Cake

Our Banana Pudding Cake is an incredibly moist three-layer dream cake with a cream cheese pudding filling, lots of bananas, and a luscious frosting.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 People
Calories 1214 kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 6 (About 3 Cups Mashed) Very Ripe Bananas Mashed
  • 1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar Firmly Packed
  • 1 Cups Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Large Eggs At Room Temperature and Lightly Beaten
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

Pudding Layer:

  • 1 (3.4 Ounce) Box Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 (8 Ounce) Package Cream Cheese
  • 1 1/2 Cups Heavy Cream


  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter At Room Temperature
  • 1 (3.4 Ounce) Box Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar Sifted
  • 1 (8 Ounce) Container Frozen Whipped Topping Thawed

Filling and Garnish:

  • 2 Bananas Sliced
  • 2 Cups Vanilla Wafers Lightly Crushed
  • 12-14 Whole Vanilla Wafers



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 3-9 inch round cake pans with parchment paper and spray with nonstick Bakers Spray. 

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt to combine. Set aside.

  3. In a separate medium mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, mix the banana, sugar, and brown sugar until combined.

  4. Add oil, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla and mix until combined and the mixture is smooth.

  5. With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and mix, just until flour disappears into the batter (do not overmix).

  6. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake 30- 38 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, turn out onto a cooling rack and cool completely. 

Pudding Layer:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, mix together the pudding mix and cream cheese until smooth. With the mixer set on low, gradually add the cream and beat until the mixture is very thick.


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter until it's light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the pudding mix and beat until combined.

  2. With the mixer on low, gradually add the powdered sugar. Beat until well combined and the mixture is smooth.

  3. Fold in thawed frozen whipped topping until evenly mixed.


  1. Pipe a border of frosting around the edges of 2 of the layer cakes. 

  2. Top the cakes with a thin layer of sliced bananas within the border of frosting. 

  3. Divide the pudding filling in half, and pipe or spread 1/2 the pudding mixture within the frosting border, on the 2 layers.

  4. Sprinkle with about 3/4 cup lightly crushed Vanilla Wafers. Gently press into filling.

  5. Stack the 2 cakes on top of each other, then top with the third cake.

  6. Spread a thin layer of the frosting over sides and top of the cake. Refrigerate until frosting has set a bit, about 20 minutes. 

  7. Press a border of whole Vanilla Wafers around the base of the bottom cake then sprinkle the top layer with lightly crushed Vanilla Wafers. Refrigerate cake for a minimum of 1 hour to firm and set. Serve cake.

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Banana Pudding Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1214 Calories from Fat 558
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 62g 95%
Saturated Fat 40g 200%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 175mg 58%
Sodium 665mg 28%
Potassium 483mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 161g 54%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 106g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 29.6%
Vitamin C 10.7%
Calcium 77.2%
Iron 14.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Notes for Banana Pudding Cake:

Vanilla Wafers: Vanilla wafers really do add so much to the flavor of this cake. Please note that the wafers will get soft, just like a banana pudding. While this happens to be my favorite part, I understand that others might prefer a different consistency. If you’re in that camp, I recommend holding off on the wafers and sprinkling them just on top when you’re wrapping things up to maintain the perfect level of crunch.

Make Ahead: You guys know I love a recipe that I can make ahead of time. Bake the cake layers a day or two before you actually want to put it together. This way, they’re ready to rock and roll when you’re ready to assemble.

Simply bake and let the cake layers cool completely. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place them in the fridge. They will come out deliciously ready for assembly.

Pan Release: Because theses cake layers are super moist and tend to be on the heavier side, I always line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper then spray them generously with Nonstick Bakers Spray  

Frosting: The frosting is thick but you should be able to spread. Use the frosting immediately after you make it so it doesn’t become too thick. If your frosting becomes too thick to spread, add whole milk to thin, a little at a time until you reach a consistency you want.

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