white frosted cake with vanilla waffers crumbled on top and edged with whole vanilla wafers

Poke Me Baby, One More Time (Banana Vanilla-Rum Poke Cake)

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Poke Me Baby, One More Time

Enjoy a Banana Vanilla Rum Poke Cake … A Poke that will leave you wanting more!

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OK, this site is not ‘Fornikitchen’..it’s Cuss Kitchen®- but how could we NOT have a Poke cake?



  • Righteous Pokes are a product of skill and practice

  • Rum can make Pokes even better

  • Be sensitive to finishing the Poke properly

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What is the origin of the Poke Cake?

Poke Cake is a delicious cake that has been around for decades. The origin of the cake recipe can be traced back to the 1970s, when Jell-O released a new line of pudding flavors, including a pudding mix that could be poured over a cake to create a moist and flavorful dessert. This inspired bakers to start creating their own versions of the dessert, using everything from chocolate cake to pumpkin spice cake as a base.

The name “Poke Cake” comes from the process of poking holes in the cake with a fork or wooden spoon before pouring the pudding mixture over the top, allowing it to seep into the layers and infuse them with flavor. Today, Poke Cake remains a popular dessert, with countless variations and endless possibilities for customization.



What are the most popular types of Poke Cake Dessert recipes? 

Chocolate poke cakes are made with a moist delicious chocolate cake base that is infused with chocolate pudding and topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with chocolate chips. Strawberry poke cakes are made with a vanilla cake base that is infused with strawberry Jell-O and the topping would feature whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

Lemon poke cakes are made with a light and fluffy lemon cake base that is infused with lemon Jell-O and topped with whipped cream and lemon slices. These cakes are loved by many because they are easy to make, versatile, and packed with flavor. Whether you are a chocolate lover, a fruit fanatic, or a fan of citrus flavors, there is a poke cake out there that will satisfy your sweet tooth.


Are there boozy or spiked Poke Cakes?

Yes, boozy or spiked Poke Cakes certainly exist and they are perfect for those who enjoy an alcohol twist to their desserts. Our ‘Poke me Baby One more Time’ is a banana poke cake with vanilla rum pudding.  This banana rum cake recipe combines the sweet flavor of ripe bananas with the rich and smooth taste of vanilla and rum.  And for those who prefer cake without the alcohol, a non-alcoholic version of this cake can easily be made without rum.


Banana Vanilla-Rum Poke Cake

white frosted cake with vanilla waffers crumbled on top and edged with whole vanilla wafers
5 from 16 votes

Poke Me Baby, One More Time

Banana Vanilla-Rum Poke Cake
Prep Time1 hour
Refrigeration time1 hour
Total Time2 hours
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana Poke cake, Banana Rum Cake, Boozy cake, Brittany spears cake, delicious cake with pudding, Poke Cake, Pudding cake, Rum spiked cake, tipsy cake, Vanilla Rum Pudding cake
Yield: 12
Author: Harry Balzac


  • 2 9 inch round baking pans
  • 1 Cake decorating tip and bag
  • Mixer or whisk


Pan Preparation

  • Cooking Spray
  • ¼ cup Flour


  • 3 Bananas (smashed)
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda

Better Crocker Super Moist Yellow Cake Recipe

  • 1 Betty Crocker Cake Mix
  • 1 Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Eggs


  • 1 3.4oz Jello Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Coconut Rum


  • Nilla Wafers

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8oz Cream cheese (softened)
  • ½ cup Butter (softened-1 stick)
  • 4 cups Powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla


Get ready to Bake

  • Spray the bottom and sides of baking pans
  • Put ⅙ cup of flour in each pan, and roll it around the bottom and sides of the pans to cover. Remove excess flour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees


  • Peel bananas and put them in a small bowl
  • Smash or crush the bananas with a masher tool
  • Add baking soda and stir

Cake- It starts with a cake mix

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, water, oil, and eggs
  • Pour banana mixture into the cake mixing bowl
  • Mix until blended
  • Bake the cake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes
  • Test the cake rounds with a toothpick to be sure the centers are firm, and the cake does not stick to the pick
  • Remove the cake rounds from the oven and let them cool completely


  • In a small mixing bowl, add pudding mix, milk, and dark rum
  • Mix and let set for 3 minutes

Assemble cake

  • Place one round on a cake stand, flat side up.
  • Cover the round with a layer of pudding
  • Place the second round on top of the first round, flat side down,
  • Use the round handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes in the cake (through the layers of the cake - about 8 holes)
  • Fill the holes with pudding
  • Jiggle the cake
  • Add additional pudding in the holes
  • Scrape any extra pudding off the top of the cake

Prepare the frosting

  • In a small mixing bowl, blend the softened cream cheese, and the softened butter
  • Add powdered sugar, and vanilla and mix until creamy

Finish the Banana Poke cake

  • Frost the cake
  • Use a cake decorating bag to make decorative frosting mounds around the edge of the cake
  • In between the frosting mounds make a slight cut and insert a Nilla Wafer
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve



for the Poke Me Baby One More Time -a delicious Banana Vanilla-Rum Poke Cake: 

  1.   Over- ripe bananas work great with this easy to make cake.  Banana also make this cake moist and delicious
  2.   Blend your cake mix- being careful not to over- stir.  You want to keep the layers light and fluffy
  3.   Baking time can vary.  Use a toothpick to test that the middles of the cake layers are fully-cooked (toothpick should come out clean)
  4.   Let your cakes fully cool to room temperature before adding pudding or frosting
  5.   Start the pudding when you are ready to use- not earlier.  It is easiest if the pudding is not fully-set
  6.   When making the frosting, be sure both the butter and cream cheese have been softened.
  7.   Be sure the top of the cake does not have excess pudding, and be gentle when you frost.
  8.   Refrigerate as soon as this moist and flavorful cake is complete


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We also love the Boozy Pina Colada Poke Cake from Flavor Mosaic


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