Banana Pudding Poke Cake – super delicious cake that starts with a boxed mix and is filled with banana pudding! Tastes like an old-fashioned layered banana pudding!

Banana Pudding Poke Cake - super delicious cake that starts with a boxed mix and is filled with banana pudding! Tastes like an old-fashioned layered banana pudding!

I tried to make lemon bread the other day.

Because I’ve had Starbucks lemon bread on my brain for weeks but last time I tried to reload my Starbucks card, it charged my paypal account 3 times and still hasn’t loaded that money onto my card.

So I broke up with Starbucks.

We’re getting back together next week when the S’mores Frappuccino comes out.

But anyway, shortly after I’d gotten all my wet ingredients mixed together and then measured flour into a separate bowl, I realized I have no baking powder.

Or baking soda.

Or salt.


Banana Pudding Poke Cake - super delicious cake that starts with a boxed mix and is filled with banana pudding! Tastes like an old-fashioned layered banana pudding!

Banana Pudding Poke Cake!

I couldn’t not have cake though so I found a cake mix and poked some holes in it and turned it into a Banana Pudding Poke Cake.

Banana pudding is my alltime fave dessert so I was all about this.

The pudding soaks into the cake and makes it super delicious. Plus, it’s topped with whipped cream and then crushed vanilla wafers.


Could’ve eaten the entire cake myself.

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake
adapted from The Country Cook
  • 1 box yellow cake mix plus all ingredients to prepare
  • 1 3 ounce banana cream pie pudding mix, plus all ingredients to prepare
  • 1 8 ounce container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 20 vanilla wafer cookies coarsely chopped
  1. Prepare cake mix and bake as a 9x13" cake, following the instructions on the box. Cool for about 10 minutes. Take a fork and poke holes all over the cake.
  2. Prepare pudding mix according to the package instructions. Let cool slightly if you had to boil it. Pour over the cake.
  3. Refrigerate until cool. Spread the frozen whipped topping over the top and sprinkle with the cookies.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Tomorrow’s Pi Day!

You know, an excuse to eat pi(e).

(Fun fact: I love these nerdy holidays. I once made the most epic Britney Spears themed Mole Day poster and was devastated on the last day of 10th grade when I went to retrieve the poster to hang on my bedroom wall and my chemistry teacher was all, “Yeahhhh… no, I’m gonna keep that one.”)

Anyway, you guys know I hate making pie. Every Thanksgiving we talk about how I am most definitely not making any pie and then two days later, I begrudgingly make a pie. And complain about it the entire time.

But for Pi Day, I teamed up with Crisco and they sent me some of their Crisco Baking Sticks and their Classic Pie Crust recipe – guys, I made pie and didn’t complain about it at all! I love a pie crust made with shortening anyway but this recipe and Crisco Baking Sticks made pie-making so easy!

I decided to make a Chocolate Pudding Pie because it’s been AGES since I’ve had one and who doesn’t love pudding pie?! Super easy to make – the hardest part is waiting for it to chill!

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We are just over two weeks away from Valentine’s Day so I figured it was time to share some easy to make desserts!

I not-so-secretly love Valentine’s Day because it’s an excuse to put up every sparkly heart decoration I have. Which thrills my husband, I’m sure. I also love it because I feel like it’s a free pass to eat chocolate. And what’s better than that?

So for my super simple Valentine’s Day dessert, I’ve got these fun Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Pudding Cups.

How cute would these be for a class party? 

I picked up a pack of vanilla and a pack of chocolate Snack Pack Pudding Cups at Walmart, along with some strawberries, Reddi Wip, and really cute Valentine’s Day sprinkles. 

The Snack Packs have a new Easy Open Lid which made it really simple for the kiddos to help me. They also contain the same amount of calcium as an 8 ounce glass of milk so it’s a treat your kids will love and you’ll feel good about letting them have it. 

Like I said, these are super simple to make. You just dip the strawberries in a Snack Pack pudding cup (I used chocolate but you can use whatever flavor you like) and then let them set in the freezer for a couple hours. Then you you put a chocolate-covered strawberry on top of the rest of your Snack Pack puddings cups, top with Reddi Wip, and sprinkle with your favorite pink heart sprinkles!

I did some strawberries with sprinkles and some without. You could dip half the strawberry in a chocolate Snack Pack and then the other half in a vanilla. There are so many ways to customize this cute and kid-friendly Valentine’s Day dessert! 

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One way I know that I am getting old is that I no longer like candy corn.

Like, it was only a couple years ago that I had one of my friends over to make those homemade butterfingers out of candy corn because our husbands said they didn’t like candy corn and we were all “WUT?! YOU DON’T LIKE CANDY CORN?!”

So obviously, we needed to trick them into eating (and enjoying) candy corn.

But now, bleh.

I even bought all those fun ones that came out this year. Pumpkin Spice, Caramel something-or-another, S’mores.

Nope. Hated all of them.

But I do love regular foods dressing up to look like candy corn. I made these cookies a few years ago and I absolutely had to make these Candy Corn Pudding Pops this year because I’m currently eating Fudgesicles like it’s my job and I figured these were kind of close to that.

Super simple – you use box pudding mixes and then you just layer them in popsicle molds and freeze overnight. These don’t taste like candy corn (if you can find candy corn pudding, go for it) but I used a cheesecake pudding for the white layer (white chocolate would also work) and then french vanilla with food coloring for the other two layers.

They turned out super cute and my kids were obsessed.

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I’m back!

I had really intended on scheduling posts for while we were on vacation. But man, I was so busy in that week or two before we left that I just didn’t have time. And then, conveniently, my new design was ready to go the day after we left so it all kind of worked out.

And yeah! Did you see the new design?! I’m pretty excited about it. The lovely girls at Wooden Spoons Kitchen did an amazing job. And now my next task is to speed the site up. Hopefully within the next few weeks, everything will be worked out.

So now, Sand Pudding!

It occurred to me about halfway through taking these photos that worms probably don’t live in sand. Then I remembered that the baby and I both got bit by something on our trip to the beach and my mom said that it may have been sand fleas. And that’s when I decided that gummy worms are much cuter than sand fleas (seriously, google those things!) and the worms could just stay on the sand pudding.

This is the kind of dessert that I just love. You guys, I don’t even like pudding. But because it has crushed cookies that look like sand on top, I’m all about it. And of course the kids loved it. My 4 year old keeps asking for “that ice cream with the dirt on top” because he is deeply confused the whole thing.

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