Easy Icebox Cake Dessert Recipe

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Every now and then you just need a simple icebox cake recipe to create a dessert that everyone can enjoy. If you love bananas that this is for you! If you don’t you could swap out the bananas for strawberries. This is one of those dessert recipes that is an easy icebox cake to make. I think you’ll make it over and over again. Now I have to admit it’s a cake box recipe but, I recently I’ve pinned a few white cake recipes that would work for it if you have the time to bake a cake from scratch. I’ll point you to that later in the post. First let me share how easy this icebox cake – baking recipe is to make.

Gather your supplies together and make a white cake, then let it cool. You can use 8 x 8 pans, 2 rounds or a 9 x 13. While it’s cooling you make a batch of banana pudding. I used a large box of  Jell-O Pudding and Pie filling. I opted for the quick, easy Jell-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling Banana Cream. Again if you have time feel free to make the cook and serve banana cream pudding. (6.5 serving size)

Easy Icebox Cake

Easy Dessert Recipe Easy Icebox Cake

Next I let the pudding set up. When it’s ready pull out your defrosted Cool Whip or make whip cream. Have a box of Vanilla Wafers handy! My grandma used to make the best banana cream pie with vanilla wafers. This easy icebox banana pudding cake reminded me of it! 

Easy Icebox Cake: Banana Pudding

Supplies Needed:

  • Duncan Hines White Cake Mix or Bake a cake from scratch
  • Jello Instant Pudding Banana Cream
  • Cool Whip (or Heavy Whipping Cream, Vanilla, Confectioners Sugar)
  • Nabisco Nilla Wafers 
  • Bananas or Strawberries
  • Baking Pan
  • Baking Supplies

Easy Banana Pudding Ice Box Cake

I used Cool Whip Topping vs heavy whipping cream. But, here’s how to make whipping cream if you prefer: Whip the heavy cream up in a cold stainless steel bowl. When your heavy cream peaks add in one teaspoon vanilla and confectioners sugar to taste. Do not over beat the whipping cream. 

Banana Pudding Ice Box Cake | How to assemble dessert layers

When your ready to put the icebox cake together. Take your cooled cake and layer the pudding on the top of the cooled cake. Next take bananas, slice them and layer them across the top of the cake.

Banana Pudding Ice Box Cake in Pan

After your done with that layer then add your cool whip or whipped cream topping over the entire pan. Next break up Vanilla Wafers and cover the top of the whip cream topping. Keep your cake in the fridge covered until ready to serve. This Banana Pudding Icebox Cake will last a few days in the fridge covered if you have left overs. 

Banana Pudding Ice Box Cake on a plate

My favorite baking pan is this Wilton Perfect Results 8 Inch Square Pan as pictured in the post. 

Easy Ice Box Cake

Easy & Delicious Banana Pudding Ice Box Cake. Fruit can easily be substituted for strawberries.
Author Theresa @DearCreatives


  • Duncan Hines White Cake Mix
  • Jello Instant Pudding & Pie Filling Banana Cream
  • Cool Whip
  • Nabisco Vanilla Wafers
  • Fresh Bananas


  1. Bake Your White Cake by the directions on box or your recipe. Let cool completely.
  2. Make the Banana Cream Pudding.
  3. Spread Pudding over cooled cake.
  4. Peel and slice a banana or two. Add a layer of sliced bananas to the entire cake with pudding.
  5. Spread Cool Whip over the bananas.
  6. Crumble and add Nilla wafers to the top of the cake.
  7. Keep in fridge covered until serving.

Recipe Notes

Fruit can easily be substituted for strawberries or another favorite summer fruit.

Adapted from Scoutie

Easy Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

Here’s a few other Banana Recipes I’ve made:

Do you have a favorite Icebox Cake? Or banana recipe? 

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  1. There are tons of variations of this kind of cake, and none of them have ever failed me! 🙂 As a matter of fact, I do have to make a run to the store later. I just might get the ingredients to make this tomorrow.


    1. Hi Shelly, Yes I agree after seeing the recipe I adapted I have started to notice more of them. It was definitely no fail. Hope you enjoy a yummy dessert soon.

  2. My mom used to make us banana pudding with vanilla wafers when we were kids. I think you just took that recipe to the next level. This looks delicious! Going to have to try this because I think my kids will love it (and if they don’t that means there is more for me)!

  3. That looks delish! I have a banana cake recipe that I bet I could use! I may have to give it a try! Perfect for summer! LOVE it!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Hi Phyllis, Thanks. Yes, that sounds yummy too banana cake under all the yummy stuff. Enjoy & I’d love to read your post if you make it.

  4. EEK! Banana Pudding Ice box cake?! Yes, please! My husband will die of happiness 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  5. I’m not much of a cake person but this does look like an easy recipe to make. I bet it would be a hit at a party!

  6. This looks so yummy! I am a huge fan of banana pudding. I’ve never had a cake version, so I am definitely going to have to try this recipe!

  7. Oh my goodness this looks delicious Theresa and it is so easy! I love bananas but my Husband not so much so I am thinking of going the strawberry route! Thanks for the suggestion! Pinning!

  8. I am not a banana in cake kinda person, but strawberries – yes please! Sounds nice and easy too 🙂

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