My family always thinks this cake takes way more time and energy to fix then it actually does. Who am I to correct them?! Top with sliced bananas and keep refrigerated.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 55 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x13-inch cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

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  • Mix cake mix, water, eggs, and oil in a bowl until just moistened; pour cake batter into prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 34 to 38 minutes. Cool in the baking dish for 2 to 3 minutes. Poke several holes into the cake using the handle of a wooden spoon. Be sure to poke all the way through to the bottom of the cake.

  • Stir milk and pudding mix together in another bowl until smooth. Let pudding rest until it begins to thicken slightly, but is not fully set, about 2 minutes. Pour pudding over cake and spread evenly, making sure to fill each hole completely. Chill cake in the refrigerator until cake is cooled and pudding is set, about 2 hours.

  • Spread whipped topping over cake and sprinkle with crushed vanilla wafers just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

434 calories; protein 6.5g; carbohydrates 58.6g; fat 19.9g; cholesterol 53.7mg; sodium 568.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (26)

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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2016
People love this cake! I add a couple of bananas to the cake mix and cream cheese to cool whip. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/12/2019
It was just okay to us. One thing I would suggest doing is pouring the pudding mixture on the cake right after you mix it! Mix it quickly too!! If you wait even a minute or two it s too thick to go down into the holes! Ours ended up just sitting on top. Over all it was okay. We didn t love the artificial banana flavoring from the pudding. I ll try a different flavor pudding next time maybe! Read More
(1)
39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2016
People love this cake! I add a couple of bananas to the cake mix and cream cheese to cool whip. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2015
So simple. I made the yellow cake and cool whip from scratch and it made it that much better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2016
my family loves this cake it is a easy recipe... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2015
Easy to make and super delicious Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2015
This is my new favorite cake recipe. Super simple and delicious. My whole family loved it. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2018
This was so easy and really good even better the next day. I followed the recipe exactly. I will definitely make it again. I will try adding fresh bananas before the whipped topping as others suggested for sure but it tastes awesome as is. I Not sure why another didn't like the texture of the cake. It was very creamy and moist for me. I used Jello brand instant pudding and whole milk. This would be great at a potluck. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2015
My family loves this cake. I add 3 or 4 sliced bananas over the top before I put the whip cream on. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/20/2017
I made this cake and the family loved it! I did make the pudding on the stove top as I couldn't find instant banana pudding. And I whipped the cream instead of cool whip. I also added sliced bananas on top of the cake before the whipped cream. These changes added time and steps to the recipe but I think it was worth it. I prefer fresh whipped cream to cool whip. I would make this again with maybe coconut or white chocolate pudding. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2017
This was a hit at my small pool party! I will make this again very soon! Read More
(1)
Rating: 3 stars
05/12/2019
It was just okay to us. One thing I would suggest doing is pouring the pudding mixture on the cake right after you mix it! Mix it quickly too!! If you wait even a minute or two it s too thick to go down into the holes! Ours ended up just sitting on top. Over all it was okay. We didn t love the artificial banana flavoring from the pudding. I ll try a different flavor pudding next time maybe! Read More
(1)
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