Chocolate-Banana Cream Poke Cake

Where have I been?  Oh, I’m sorry… I’ve neglected you because I have to work off all of the calories I’ve consumed over the past weekend!  Dave, Stella, and I joined my parents “Down the Shore (see post here)” to celebrate my Dad’s birthday.

I had to show off this AMAZING pic we got of Miss Stella at the beach from this trip :)

I had to show off this AMAZING pic we got of Miss Stella at the beach from this trip 🙂

We dined at one of our favorite restaurants, Chef Vola’s… eating LARGE portions of delicious home-cooked Italian food and even better desserts.

Although we ordered a slice and devoured Chef Vola’s’  famous Banana Cream Pie, I wanted to make a birthday cake for my Dad in honor of his favorite flavor combination:  Chocolate & Banana.

I feel like most people hate on Bananas and Banana flavored things.  I’ve never understood why?  I love it, and it is by far my Dad’s favorite thing ever.

After pinning and saving several poke cake recipes all over the internet, I though this was a great chance to try one out.  The best part about these cakes is that they’re very easy- they’re just doctored up cakes!

Chocolate-Banana Cream Poke Cake

Ingredients:

1 Box Golden Butter Cake Mix (or other yellow… whatever!)

Ingredients to make cake (3 eggs, 7 TBSP butter, water)

1 pkg Banana Sugar Free Fat Free Pudding Mix

1 pkg Chocolate Sugar Free Fat Free Pudding Mix (i used Chocolate Fudge mmm)

Ingredients to make puddings (2 cups Milk per packet, so 4 total!)

1 tub Cool Whip (light)

1 cup Crushed Nilla Wafers

Directions:

1.  Bake cake according to directions on the box.  Meanwhile, prepare the puddings.  Let the puddings rest for 5 minutes, they will thicken up right away.

2.  Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then take the handle of a wooden spoon and poke holes through to the bottom all over the cake.

3.  Spread the banana pudding over the cake making sure to get into the holes.  Take the wooden spoon again and poke a few more holes ontop of the banana pudding.  Spread the chocolate pudding over the banana, spreading evenly over the cake.

4.  Now, spread the Cool Whip over the puddings and cake.  Finish the cake by sprinkling lots of crushed Nilla Wafers on top.  

I want to recommend putting some sliced or chopped up banana in the pudding layer too!  But like I said, this is for my Dad and I didn’t want to “ruin” the dessert with fruit (haha).

We all loved this cake, it was perfectly moist and wasn’t too overly banana either.  I can’t wait to try out other poke cake recipes!  What should be next?!

They don't call it a poke cake for nothin'!

They don’t call it a poke cake for nothin’!

Yummy...

Yummy…

Banana first

Banana first

Then chocolate, mmm!

Then chocolate, mmm!

The finished product!

The finished product!

Hooray for Birthday Cake Cross-Sectionals!

Hooray for Birthday Cake Cross-Sectionals!

I rarely make desserts but when I do, I make it count!!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bakes

Coffee & Chocolate Krispies

Coffee & Chocolate Krispies

Apple-Toffee Blondies w/ Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple-Toffee Blondies w/ Brown Sugar Frosting

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

I’ve tried to explain to you before… the eating habits of my father.  He prefers Spicy Doritos and Cheese Curls over lunch, Ring-Dings and Peanut Butter Cups over dinner.  He brings home bags of fresh Soft Pretzels and boxes of Tomato Pie (which is to die for, for the record).  I try not to give in to his snack cravings, but this week it happened to be his BIRTHDAY… so a diet-no-no recipe was in order.

My Dad used to love this “butter cake” from a local bakery.  Apparently this bakery has discontinued his favorite cake for some time now, so my Mom wanted to try to make it herself.  Our cousin suggested googling “Ooey Gooey Butter Cake”.  She said there was one recipe she’s tried that is EXACTLY like the one from the bakery.  We googled, and we found out that Paula Deen – duh – has a “famous” Butter Cake.  It must be good, Paula!

Gooey Butter Cake

Recipe from:  Paula Deen 
Makes:  15-25 Servings (I sliced it pretty small, Paula’s recipe is for 6-8 Servings, ew)
Ingredients (Cake):
1 Box Yellow Cake Mix (unprepared)
1 Egg
8 Tablespoons Butter, melted
Ingredients (Filling):
1 package Philly Cream Cheese (8oz, softened)
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
8 Tablespoons Butter, melted
1 Box (16 oz) Powdered Sugar

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Combine cake mix, egg, and melted butter and blend well in a mixer.  Spray a 13×9 inch baking dish and gently pat the cake mixture throughout the bottom of the dish, creating a crust.

2.  Now, rinse out the bowl to your mixer.  Beat the cream cheese until smooth in the mixer.  Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat until well combined.  Add the powdered sugar little by little and mix well.  Spread over the cake and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
Note:  Start checking the oven around 40 minutes into the baking time.  You don’t want to overcook it.  Ours was slightly browned ontop but when you giggled the baking dish, the middle was still not completely set.

Um… wow.  I allowed myself to have a piece for his birthday.  My entire family was completely… I said it… WOW-ED by this cake.  My Dad loved it, and even complimented it by saying it was better than the one from the bakery.  I’m so glad my Mom thought to make this for him, it turned out to be really special… and naughtily delicious!

Happy Birthday, Dad!