Banana Pudding Trifle

Okay guys. I am seriously beyond-words-excited to share this recipe with you today. For a few reasons actually: 1 – It’s just plain delicious. I even made myself a mini trifle while I was putting it together, so I could taste it in all of its glory, without having to mess up the look of it. So good. 2 – This is a winning dessert. What does that mean, you say? Well, let me tell you. 
A few days ago, we had a fundraiser at our church and one of the ways we raised money was to have a dessert auction. I wasn’t planning on going all week, but then at the last minute, my schedule opened up and I was able to go. I knew I needed to make a dessert, but since I’d be working all day, I also knew it needed to be a fast one. SO I made this delicious, yummy, best-dessert-ever banana trifle. As the desserts started getting auctioned off, I got a little bit nervous. I don’t know what it is about making food for other people, but nothing makes me feel more vulnerable. I always worry about whether or not they’ll like it as much as I do or what if I just have weird taste buds and everything tastes different to everyone else, etc. Well, the first dessert was a beautiful looking chocolate cake. It went to someone with the highest bid of $25. I thought, “Wow, that’s impressive. Wouldn’t it be so cool if my trifle went for that much?” {I really just didn’t want to be the loser that brought a $3 dessert, ya know?} There were a few more for $8 here, $30 there and then it came time for this bad boy to go. I’m pretty sure I started blushing the moment they held it up. {I blush at everything. No biggie.} It started off at around $15 or $20 and somebody made a bid. I told Zachary that at that point, it could end and I would be perfectly content! Then more people kept bidding on it. Then again. And again. Before I knew it, it was up to 40 bucks! By this time, my face was red and I had that sweaty palm feeling as more and more people were told that I was the one who made it. After one final round of a few different people duking it out, this delightful goodness ended up selling for 59 WHOLE DOLLARS!! I could hardly believe it. I’m proud to say that it was the highest bidded dessert there and if I’m being completely honest – it’s probably worth $59 too. It’s that good.

Like I mentioned, this dessert is super quick to make. As in like 30 minutes quick. It also doesn’t require any cooking or baking. It’d be easy to take to a party or a get together or sorts without having to spend all day long in the kitchen. Those are the best kinds of desserts, in my opinion.
  • 4 cups cold whole milk
  • 2 {3.4 oz.} packages instant banana pudding mix
  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 {12 oz.} prepared pound cake, cubed
  • 1 {12 oz.} box vanilla wafers, crushed {As you can see, I saved a few whole ones to put on top, but you could crush all of them if you’d like. It’s up to you!}
  1. In a large bowl, mix milk and pudding together until smooth.
  2. Stir in sliced bananas and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer or stand mixer with the whisk attachment and whip your cream until stiff peaks are just about to form.
  4. Beat in vanilla and sugar until stiff peaks form. {Do not overbeat or you’ll end up making butter rather than whipped cream. No bueno.}
  5. In your trifle dish {I bought mine at Wal-Mart for like 6 bucks by the way. Doesn’t get better than that!}, layer half the pound cake cubes, half the pudding, half the whipped cream, and half the crushed vanilla wafers.
  6. Repeat this pattern with the remaining cake, pudding, and whipped cream.
  7. If you chose to save some whole vanilla wafers, layer them around the edge of the dish with about half of them sticking out. If you decided to crush them all, sprinkle ’em all on top!
  8. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Enjoy folks!
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  1. says

    Way to go Sarah! This looks so good! This is definitely going into my bookmarks (and not the hidden ones that I never end up trying, the i-need-to-make-this-as-soon-as-the-occasion-arises one). Yum!

  2. says

    Way to go Sarah! This looks so good! This is definitely going into my bookmarks (and not the hidden ones that I never end up trying, the i-need-to-make-this-as-soon-as-the-occasion-arises one). Yum!

  3. says

    Banana has got to be one of my favorite dessert fillers, second to lemon I suppose. I prefer fruity desserts to chocolatey ones after a big meal, so this would be ideal!


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