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Got a banana lover in your life? Make them this banana pudding layer cake! Vanilla cake filled with custard and bananas, topped with whipped cream frosting.

If you have a banana pudding lover in your life, you've gotta make them this cake! It's so next level. Loved the sweet bananas, moist cake, vanilla pastry cream, and whipped cream frosting. food desserts cake

If I’m being totally honest, I’m not really a huge fan of banana desserts.  But my husband DEFINITELY is.  He begs for banana pudding and banana cream pie all the time.  I had it on my to-do list to make a banana pudding layer cake for what seemed like ages, so when his birthday rolled around a few weeks back, it seemed like the perfect time to finally make it and share with you.

If you have a banana pudding lover in your life, you've gotta make them this cake! It's so next level. Loved the sweet bananas, moist cake, vanilla pastry cream, and whipped cream frosting. food desserts cake

It’s a pretty simple idea really, my favorite vanilla cake recipe, layered with my favorite pastry cream, plus fresh bananas and whipped cream.  The homemade vanilla wafers from the other day are a fun garnish, but I think they’d be darn good in between the layers too.

I was trying to keep the frosting job kind of rustic, just to emphasize the fluffy-ness of the whipped cream.

If you have a banana pudding lover in your life, you've gotta make them this cake! It's so next level. Loved the sweet bananas, moist cake, vanilla pastry cream, and whipped cream frosting. food desserts cake

It’s one of my favorite frosting recipes.  You may remember it from those Tuxedo Cupcakes I showed you a few weeks ago.  There’s a little cream cheese and powdered sugar added, and that keeps it more stable and prevents weeping.

But with that said, it’s really best when fresh, so if you’re making this banana pudding layer cake ahead, I’d do everything but the frosting and garnishes until you’re just about ready to serve.

I have to say, there’s just something about the way the moist vanilla cake, creamy custard and bananas, and fluffy whipped cream come together.  It’s undeniably good, even for a non-banana lover such as myself!

Hope you’ll give it a try sometime soon!

If you have a banana pudding lover in your life, you've gotta make them this cake! It's so next level. Loved the sweet bananas, moist cake, vanilla pastry cream, and whipped cream frosting. food desserts cake


And be sure to check out my “Cake Recipes” Pinterest board, for lots more great cake ideas!

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Banana Pudding Layer Cake
Prep Time
50 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Chill time:
2 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

Got a banana lover in your life? Make them this banana pudding layer cake! Vanilla cake filled with custard and bananas, topped with whipped cream frosting.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana, banana pudding, Cake, layer cake
Servings: 10
Calories: 697 kcal
Ingredients
For the vanilla cake
For the banana pudding filling
For the whipped cream frosting
Instructions
Make the vanilla cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F, and mist three 6-inch diameter cake pans** with non-stick spray.  Cut three circles from parchment paper, and place them in the bottoms of each pan.
  2. Place the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the butter, and mix on medium-low speed until the mixture resembles damp sand.
  4. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated, stopping to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula after each addition.
  5. Add the milk, yogurt, and vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed for about 1 minute, to aerate the batter and strengthen the cake’s structure.
  6. Transfer the batter to the prepared pans, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cakes spring back when gently pressed and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  7. Cool for twenty minutes, then unmold and place on  wire racks to cool completely.
Make the banana pudding filling:
  1. Heat the milk in a small pot until small bubbles form around the edge, and wisps of steam are rising from the surface.
  2. Place the yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the hot milk to the egg mixture, a little at a time, whisking to combine.
  4. When all the milk has been added, transfer the mixture back to the pot and place over medium-low heat.
  5. Cook the pastry cream, whisking constantly, until thickened (the mixture should be the consistency of pudding).
  6. Stir in the vanilla.
  7. Pour the pastry cream through a fine mesh strainer, into a heat-safe bowl.  Use the back of a ladle to press the mixture through the sieve.
  8. Press a layer of plastic wrap directly onto the surface, and refrigerate.
Make the whipped cream frosting and assemble the cake:
  1. Place the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Fit the mixer with a whisk attachment, and whip on medium speed until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Turn the mixer down to medium-low speed and pour the heavy cream down the side of the bowl in a very slow and steady stream.
  3. When all the cream has been added, turn the mixer up to medium-high and whip until the frosting holds stiff peaks.
  4. Place one layer of vanilla cake on a serving platter.  Spread half the pastry cream on the cake, and top with sliced bananas.  Spread a small amount of whipped cream frosting over the bananas, and top with the second cake layer.  
  5. Repeat, topping with the third layer.  
  6. Frost the cake with the whipped cream frosting, and garnish with homemade vanilla wafers and additional sliced bananas.
Recipe Notes

*If you don’t have buttermilk, you can substitute by stirring 1 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice or white vinegar into 1/2 cup of regular milk.  Allow the mixture to stand for 5 minutes, or until thickened and slightly curdled.

**Larger cake pans may be used.  Thinner layers will result, and bake times may need to be decreased.

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For more info on the cake, click here: Perfect Vanilla Cake.
For more info on the filling, click here: Pastry Cream.
For more info on the frosting, click here: Whipped Cream Frosting.

Nutrition Facts
Banana Pudding Layer Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 697 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 43g 66%
Saturated Fat 26g 130%
Cholesterol 240mg 80%
Sodium 433mg 18%
Potassium 346mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 67g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 40g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 33.3%
Vitamin C 3.5%
Calcium 15%
Iron 6.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
If you have a banana pudding lover in your life, you've gotta make them this cake! It's so next level. Loved the sweet bananas, moist cake, vanilla pastry cream, and whipped cream frosting. food desserts cake