Utterly delicious this Banana Cream Cake is layered with banana pudding and sweet buttercream making this cake a great option to satisfy your sweet tooth!
So lately I’ve been really into cake. But I mean I have to admit that I’m always kinda into cake. It’s like a life in and of itself to me, if you don’t like cake I probably think there is something wrong with you, just like I think there is something wrong with my non sweets loving husband. I mean seriously, sugar makes me happy, how can it just not make everyone as happy as myself?
I’m borderline addicted to cake, but in all honestly I’m probably fully addicted but I just don’t like to admit it….heck I have no problem admitting it. I’m Alli and I’m a cakeaholic. Woo, the first step is always the hardest, but now that it’s over, I have to come and come to terms with my little addiction here. And let me tell you, when it comes to dessert flavors, banana is one of the top ones.
So obviously a Banana Cream Cake was in order. If you don’t believe my love for all things banana, you just have to check out my Peanut Butter Banana Cake, Caramel Banana Cream Pie, Banana Cream Lofthouse Style Cookies, etc etc etc. I mean just search banana on my blog and it will come up with more desserts of one type then any on there. But hey, I ain’t complaining!
So this cake is a 3 layer cake. I mean when it comes to cake, layered ones are my favorite. I don’t usually discriminate among them, but IF I HAD to choose, I would always go for layer. I mean I get double the frosting that way. I love myself some frosting and layer cakes are usually filled with frosting and besides frosting on the top there is also frosting all up the sides, WINNER!!
Well this Banana Cream Cake is actually filled with delicious banana pudding. So I kinda took the lazy route and used a box mix for my banana pudding instead of making it homemade, which is perfectly fine to me. I didn’t feel like adding bananas to the center because usually bananas turn brown and I didn’t want brown specks in the middle of my cake, but by all means if you prefer homemade (which I usually do) go ahead and fill this bad boy with some homemade banana pudding.
So cakes are pretty simple to make, frost on the other hand…man I swear I always have such a hard time frosting them! I mean I actually tried to make a video of this cake for Facebook and the blog and let me tell you…I envy those bloggers and bakers who cake make cake decorating a seamless project, because frankly I am not one of them, so until I find the magic in actual decorating, a basic tutorial in the recipe is all you’re going to get from this gal right here.
You know I mean it’s not HARD HARD, if you want a quick and easy version of banana and pudding cake you need to check out this Banana Pudding Poke Cake. It’s all about the taste anyways, but us bloggers need to make it beautiful looking because pictures sell, so I’m happy to say that I actually loved how this cake turned out. Its sides are filled with delicious crushed up vanilla wafers and topped with swirls of buttercream, vanilla wafers and the obvious bananas. These flavors are perfect together.
Some may ask…well if its Banana Cream Cake, then why didn’t you use a whipped cream frosting? Well my friends, I don’t like whipped cream frosting, I’m not a whipped cream person really AT ALL. So as long as it’s creamy and still a vanilla flavor I’m going to call it banana cream, plus I don’t think that this cake would hold up too well when it came to a whipped cream version because of the pudding.
So anyways, all in all, if you love banana as much as I do. You want a show stopping cake and you just want to enjoy some delicious dessert, then this Banana Cream Cake is just what you need!! So go bake now and go tag me in all your recipes on Facebook or Instagram that you make of mine, I love seeing your recreations!
Banana Cream Cake
- 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup butter softened
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup milk
- Instant Banana Pudding prepared
- 1 lb butter
- 4 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp almond extract
- 6-7 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4-1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
- Bananas and vanilla wafers for decoration optional
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In bowl mix together your flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and whisk until combined, set aside.
- In another bowl beat together your butter and sugar until fluffy, add in your eggs 1 at a time until blended
- Mix in your vanilla.
- Alternate adding your dry ingredients and milk into your wet ingredients.
- Place in 3 8" or 9" prepared cake pans and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden and they spring back.
- Remove from oven and turn onto cooling racks to fully cool.
- Meanwhile to make frosting, in large bowl beat your butter until light and fluffy.
- Blend in your extracts and then add in your powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.
- Once sugar is added add in your milk slowly until you reach your desired consistency and continue to beat on high for about 5 minutes to fluff up.
- Add about 1/3 of your buttercream to a piping bag with tip cut off.
- Place one layer of your cake on a turntable and then pipe a damn of frosting around the outside of the layer about 1" thick.
- Spread half of your prepared pudding in the center and then top with another layer of cake and gently press down, repeat with damn and other half of your frosting.
- Top with last layer of cake and then spread frosting around the top and sides of your cake until covered, reserving about 1 1/2 cups of your frosting for decorating if desired.
- Take your crushed vanilla wafers and add some to your hand and press up the sides of the cake until it is covered.
- Pipe the remaining frosting on top and sides of cake.
- Keep refrigerated.
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I had so much fun making this as a request for my husband’s birthday. Takes me back to my grandma’s desserts, and it’s so gorgeous to look at, I almost hate to cut into it! Thank you!
Can I bake this in a bundt pan? I don’t have standard cake pans.
I’ve never tried it in a bundt pan, but I’m sure it would still bake up just fine, just adjust the time a little.
I dont have the finished product yet but after reading some reviews I am doing a little tweaking. My batter was extremely thick as well. I added two smashed bananas to the cake mix and a tablespoonful of mayo. Mayo helps to make cakes moist. Think about it…its made of oil and egg so not as gross as you might think. Anyway happy cooking. The batter tastes amazing and is the right consistancy now.
Thank you sharing the recipe. I followed your recipe exactly and made this cake over the weekend. It tasted delicious except for the fact that it felt a bit dry as a whole. The cake when eaten separately was a bit dry. What can one do to get the bakery style moistness to it.
Thanks for sharing the recipe. I tried it out following the exact recipe and it came out good except that the cake was a bit dry. The cake tasted great when just eaten by itself but it felt a bit dry as a whole along with custurd. What should i do for it be moist and soft like how it is for bakery cakes/pastries
This looks so great! I’m totally pinning this one to try sometime soon :-). Thanks for sharing!
If I am making this cake for tomorrow, should I frost today or wait until tomorrow?
You can frost it today! No problem.
What size of banana pudding did you get? Large box or small box? I’m going to try to make this this afternoon!
Hey Jessica a small box is all you need I believe it’s a 3.4 oz.
Can you please tell me what piping tip you used to create the bottom and top swirls?
It’s just an open star tip I believe a wilton 1M
U forgot the milk in the cake recipe
Hi Jessie, I just checked the recipe and it is indeed in there it says to alternate adding your dry ingredients and milk into your wet ingredients. Hope that helps you find it 🙂
So me your yummy
WOW!! This is INCREDIBLE!!
What sweet decadence! This cake is a showstopper.
Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons
I love all of these delicious layers! YUM!
Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
Why do I not have a slice of this in my face right now?!