I Tried Dolly Parton’s Southern-Style Banana Cake and Here’s What I Thought

Last month, I found Dolly Parton’s Southern-Style Coconut Cake Mix and it was delicious!

I looked everywhere for the Banana Cake but couldn’t find it…until last week.

This cake calls for a few extra ingredients than the typical boxed cake mix.  I picked up Instant Pudding, Nilla wafers, and a single banana to turn it into a Banana Pudding Cake.

I followed the directions on the back of the box and combined the cake mix with 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted, and 3 tablespoons of pudding mix. Then I baked it for 25 minutes at 350 in two 9-inch round pans.  While it baked, I assembled the pudding mix and frosting.

For the frosting, I whipped one cup of heaving whipping cream with 1/3 a cup of the Dolly Parton buttercream frosting.

Time to assemble!

I added the pudding mix, topped it with a layer of banana and crushed Nilla wafers.

This is the only place where I veered off the directions a bit.  The recipe on the box called for 12 slices of banana but I wanted a bit in every bite so I used a whole banana to cover the middle layer.

A couple of notes:

Since this recipe calls for mixing the frosting with whipping cream, it is MUCH lighter than the coconut cake recipe.  That was a good thing for a couple of us, but some folks missed the super sweet sugary frosting of the last cake.

I also want to note that I know have two-thirds a jar of frosting leftover, along with half a box of Nilla wafers so it’s not the most economical of boxed cake mixes.

(Is it weird to just dip Nilla wafers into frosting as a dessert the rest of the week?)

It looked a little bare, so I topped it with more Nilla wafers and bananas.  So pretty!

This cake takes a bit more effort but it’s worth it for banana pudding fans.  Enjoy.

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