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Best Banana Pudding Pound Cake with Amaretto Liqueur is from scratch and has banana pudding, amaretto (almond) liqueur, cream cheese, and Nilla wafers. All the classic banana pudding ingredients in a totally homemade pound cake recipe.

I combined two traditionally Southern and perpetually favorite desserts into one cake! Yep! Southern Pound Cake and Banana Pudding crashed into each other and the result was a beautiful thing!

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pound cake with glaze dripping down sides

If you’re new to Call Me PMc, I have tested and shared numerous pound cake recipes including Whipping Cream Pound CakeSour Cream Pound CakeCream Cheese Pound CakeAmaretto Pound Cake, and Chocolate Pound Cake.

I’ve tested many plain pound cakes as well as developed some unusual pound cakes that have quickly become reader favorites. You can see them all and get the recipes here, Pound Cakes Reviewed. Let me just tell you they are all good!


This Southern pound cake has classic components. It’s buttery, with a fine crumb, and crusty top. It’s flavored with banana pudding in both the cake and the glaze. Also, both are spiked with Amaretto (almond) liqueur. Finally, I finished it with Nilla wafer crumbs both for taste, texture, and garnish.

Also, I garnished the top of the cake with mint leaves and banana slices. I recommend waiting until just before you serve it to garnish with bananas slices. They tend to turn brown quickly.

slice of banana pudding pound cake


  • If you’re new to baking, especially baking pound cakes, I recommend you read this post, How to Bake the Perfect Pound Cake
  • I also recommend that you calibrate your oven once a year, How to Calibrate your Oven.
  • I’ve tested and re-tested these pound cake recipes. The majority of the time if they turn out dry they’ve either been baked too long or the flour wasn’t measured correctly. (see below)
  • Make sure your butter is at room temperature and soft. ‘Soft’ means it will indent easily when mashed with your finger, but not be oily.
  • For baking, it is recommended you use unsalted butter. You can use salted, you may want to adjust adding any additional salt to the cake. Do not use margarine or a butter substitute. You can use solid vegetable shortening. I recommend only Crisco brand.

pound cake with banana pudding glaze


  • Use full-fat cream cheese. As well, it needs to be at room temperature.
  • I use large eggs for my pound cakes, if you have another size of eggs adjust the amount
  • To add banana flavor to this cake I used a 5.1-ounce box of banana cream instant pudding mix, regular – not sugar-free. You add just the mix – do not make the pudding.
  • As well, I used pure banana extract. I prefer pure extract over imitation. If you don’t have or can’t find banana extract locally, you can purchase banana extract here. You’ll be giving up some banana flavor but you can use vanilla extract if you don’t want to purchase banana extract.
 slice of pound cake with banana


Measure all the ingredients carefully, especially the flour.  

How do you measure flour?

To correctly measure flour, first, sift the flour. Then using a spoon or scoop lightly scoop flour out of its container into a measuring cup. Continue filling the cup until it is overflowing, then using the back of a butter knife level the flour. Scooping the measuring cup directly into the flour to fill can result in up to 25% more flour than lightly spooning the flour into the measuring cup. More flour in a recipe will make it dense and dry.

More pound cake recipes

  1. Fig Preserve Pound Cake
  2. Sour Cream Pound Cake
  3. Old Fashioned Blue Ribbon Pound Cake
  4. Strawberry & Cream Pound Cake
  5. Amaretto Peach Upside Down Pound Cake
  6. Fresh Strawberry Pound Cake
 Banana Pudding Pound Cake

Pro Tip

You can test your cake for doneness with a thermometer, the internal temperature of the cake will be 200°F when fully cooked.

You can test your cake with a thermometer, the internal temperature of the cake will be 200°F when fully cooked.

Banana Pudding Pound Cake


This dessert mashup is the result of two favorites combining into one. Banana Pudding and Pound Cake make a delightful dessert for any occasion.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 18 servings
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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour sifted then measured
  • 5.1 ounce box banana cream instant pudding mix, do not make the pudding
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 and ⅔ cups bananas mashed, about 2 small bananas
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur sub almond, banana, or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 and ½ cup butter unsalted (see post for subs)
  • 1 tablespoon banana extract like this
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs at room temperature


  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream whipped
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar sifted then measured
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur or almond, banana, or vanilla extract
  • 6 crushed vanilla wafers
  • mint leaves and banana slices for garnish


  • Please see post above for substitutions and recommendations


  • Preheat oven to 325° F. (If you haven't calibrated your oven recently, I recommend you calibrate your oven once a year. For info read: How to Calibrate your Oven.)
  • Coat a 10-inch, 12-cup tube pan or bundt pan with solid vegetable shortening and sugar or Wilton cake release spray.
  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peak stage. Spoon it into another bowl and set aside to *add to the mixture later.
  • In the same bowl of an electric mixer (bowl 1 electric mixer), beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add granulated sugar and beat on medium speed until the mixture is fluffy. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides. Mix again.
  • Remove 2 tablespoons of the instant pudding mix and reserve it for the glaze. Combine the remaining instant pudding, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in another bowl (bowl 2). Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • In yet another bowl (bowl 3) crack your eggs and add the banana extract and mashed bananas. Slowly mix this into your butter and cream cheese mixture. (bowl 1)
  • Now, slowly add the flour mixture (bowl 2) to the butter/cream cheese mixture (bowl 1).
  • Stop the mixer, scrape the sides, and mix again.
  • By hand with a large spatula, *fold in the whipped cream. (This is the whipped cream that is the very first thing that you mixed.) This makes a lot of batter. Take your time and carefully fold until the whipped cream is mixed well.
  • Spoon into your prepared pan and smooth the top.
  • Bake for 1 hour 30 to 45 minutes at 325°F. Don't open the door for the first hour that it cooks. Test with a wooden pick the cake is done with no crumbs or dry crumbs remaining on the pick when inserted into the center of the cake. (As well, you can test with a thermometer, the internal temperature of the cake will be 200°F when fully cooked.)
  • Allow cake to cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before inverting on a tray to cool completely. Wait until the cake is completely cool before frosting or glazing.


  • Mix the ½ cup heavy cream, ¾ cup powdered sugar, 2 Tablespoons Amaretto, and the 2 tablespoons of the instant pudding mix that you reserved. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is smooth. You can add more cream if needed.
  • Spoon over your cooled cake allow the glaze to drip down the sides.
  • For this cake, I recommend waiting until you're ready to serve before garnishing it. Garnish with crushed vanilla wafers, banana slices, and mint.
  • I recommend removing banana slices from the top before storing if you decorated the cake with them. Store in an airtight cake taker in the refrigerator. It will keep in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days. See notes above for freezing.


Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 1061IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Hi Paula, I made your cake today and I’m pretty sure I followed your directions meticulously but my cake sunk within a few minutes of me removing it from the oven. What did I do wrong?

    1. Many times if a cake falls after removing it from the oven it often means the eggs were over beaten. Also, make sure your eggs and all cold ingredients are at room temperature before mixing. Good luck next time!

  2. So sorry, the steps had been duplicated. I have them fixed now. It’s a huge cake and does take a long time (longer than my other pound cakes) to cook.

  3. This cake looks yummy! Do you think a chocolate frosting/glaze would work? My family loves chocolate and banana together.

  4. 5 stars
    OMG I love banana pudding and this is so much better. It was easy to make and was so moist! And the flavor was amazing! I’m making my second one right now!

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