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Dark Chocolate Banana Poke Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


For the Dark Chocolate Cake

  • 2 boxes dark chocolate cake mix
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs

For the Banana Cream Cheese Filling

  • 2 8 oz pkgs cream cheese
  • 8 oz evaporated milk
  • 3.4 oz box instant banana pudding
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz cool whip
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups vanilla wafers, coarsely crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 325° and spray a 13x9 baking dish with a non stick spray. 

For the Dark Chocolate Cake

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs together on high-speed until blended.

  2. Pour cake batter into prepared baking dish and bake for 60 minutes or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean.

  3. Remove from oven and after a few minutes, poke holes throughout the cake. Let cool

For the Banana Cream Cheese Filling

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese together until smooth and creamy, approximately 2-3 minutes.

  2. In a small mixing bowl, beat banana pudding mix, vanilla and evaporated milk together until thick and creamy.

  3. Add banana pudding to cream cheese and beat until well combined. 

  4. Once cake has cooled, add half the pudding mixture into a quart size freezer bag and clip the corner. 

  5. Squeeze banana filling into each hole then spread remaining pudding mixture over the top of the cake. 

  6. Spread cool whip over the top of pudding, cover with plastic wrap, place in fridge to chill.

  7. Once chilled, sprinkle vanilla wafers over the top and add sliced bananas. 

  8. Enjoy!!