Banana Pudding Layer Cake

Banana Pudding Layer Cake
  • 210M Total Time

  • 180M Prep Time

  • 27 Ingredients

  • 16 Servings

Jocelyn Delk Adams


Ingredients and Directions

Homemade Banana Pudding


  1. Add the milk and cream to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring often.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and cornstarch until well blended.

  3. Spoon a little of the hot milk over the egg mixture and whisk well. Repeat with another few spoonfuls of the hot milk, to temper the eggs (bring their temperature up without “scrambling” them).

  4. Pour the egg mixture into the saucepan and continue to cook over medium low heat for 4-6 minutes, or until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. If you’re still unsure, use a thermometer: it should read 170-15F

  5. Once thickened, remove from the heat and stir in the butter, vanilla extract, banana extract, and salt.

  6. Pour the pudding through a sieve or fine mesh strainer into a container, to remove any lumps.

  7. Place a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper directly on top to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until completely chilled and set. Stir well before using.


  • 1 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. banana extract
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
Banana Cake


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Liberally spray 3 (8-inch) round cake pans with non-stick baking spray or grease and flour.

  2. In your mixer bowl, add oil and butter and beat for 2 minutes on high speed. Slowly add in sugar and beat on high speed for an additional 4-5 minutes until very pale yellow and fluffy. Next, add eggs, one at a time, combining well after each addition and scraping down the sides as needed.

  3. Turn your mixer down to its lowest speed, and slowly add flour into batter in two increments then add baking powder, salt and baking soda. Be careful not to over beat.

  4. Lastly, add sour cream, milk, vanilla extract and banana extract, then scrape down sides and mix until just combined and turn off the mixer.

  5. Evenly pour cake batter into prepared baking pans and place in the oven to bake for 15-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes just barely clean.

  6. Remove cakes from oven and rest in pans for 10-15 minutes. Invert cakes from pans onto cooling racks, then allow them to cool to room temperature.


  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cup purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. banana extract
Whipped Cream


  1. Whip cream, sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks (in a cold bowl with a cold whisk for best results).

  2. Chill until ready to use.


  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract


  1. Place one layer of cake on a cake stand or serving plate. Spoon ½ of the banana pudding onto the cake and use a spatula to spread it to the edge,  leaving about a ¼ inch of space.

  2. Starting from the outer edge, and moving in a circle, alternate between placing a Nilla wafer or banana slice on top of the pudding.

  3. Place the next layer of cake on top, then repeat the previous step.

  4. Add the last layer of cake on top, then proceed to frosting the cake with the premade whipped cream.

  5. Do rosettes on top with the whipped cream and alternate banana slices and Nilla wafers between them. Spread some crushed Nilla wafers along the bottom if desired.


  • 2 large bananas, sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 1 Nilla Wafers

To ensure food safety, eggs should be cooked until both the yolk and the white are firm. Consuming raw or undercooked eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially for those with certain medical conditions. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served, use either pasteurized shell eggs that have been treated to destroy Salmonella, or use pasteurized egg products.

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