Banana Bourbon Poke Cake is an easy poke cake recipe with bananas and bourbon

Banana Bourbon Poke Cake

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

A delicious, super moist dessert recipe that starts with a boxed cake mix! This poke cake is flavored with bananas and bourbon for a real party dessert!



  • 1 Golden Butter Cake, prepared according to package directions
  • 2 packages instant banana pudding (5.1 ounce size)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 2 ounces shaved dark chocolate for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare the cake according to the package directions, using the 9″ x 13″ baking dish instructions.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes, remove from the oven and cool.
  4. While the cake is baking, pour the instant pudding into a bowl. Whisk in the milk and bourbon, then let sit at room temperature to thicken.
  5. In another bowl, beat the heavy cream with the vanilla extract and sugar until stiff peaks form.
  6. Poke holes in the cake with the end of a wooden spoon. Pour the pudding over the top of the cake, spreading evenly.
  7. Layer the banana slices on the top of the pudding in a single layer. Next spread the whipped cream on top of the pudding layer.
  8. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  9. Before serving, add the chocolate shavings and crushed vanilla wafers to the top of the cake and more sliced bananas if desired.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American