As difficult as it may be, avoid putting tons of pudding between layers. Otherwise it gets pretty confusing. If that means there’s extra pudding, then so be it. We know you will find it useful.
My family always thinks that making this cake takes a lot more time and energy than it actually does.Who am I to correct them?! Decorate with banana slices and store in the refrigerator.
- 1 box vanilla cake mix plus ingredients listed on package
- 1 box (3.4 ounces) vanilla pudding mix
- 2 cups cold milk
- 1/2 cup Cool Whip
- 1 1/2 cups softened butter
- 5 cups vanilla Cake mix.powdered sugar
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- pinch of kosher salt
- 1/4 p., plus 2 tbsp. Cream
- 2 bananas, sliced
- 1 cup Nilla wafers, chopped
- whole Nilla wafers, for decoration
Make the dough: Preheat oven to 350°. Line two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper and coat with cooking spray. Prepare the cake batter according to the package instructions. Divide the batter between the cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Prepare the pudding: In a large bowl, combine the pudding mixture and milk and stir for about 5 minutes until the mixture has thickened. Assemble the Cool Whip.
Make Buttercream Frosting: In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, combine butter, 3 cups powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the remaining sugar and cream and stir until smooth.
Assemble the cake: Using a serrated knife, score the rounded top of each cake horizontally. Place a layer of pudding on top of the cake and top with most of the banana slices (leaving some for decoration). Place the second cake on top and spread the buttercream frosting all over the cake. Reserve about 1 cup to drizzle over the top. Press the crushed Nilla wafers into the sides of the cake.
Pour the remaining buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle and form large circles onto the cake.Decorate with Nilla wafers and more banana slices.
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