This Lightened Up Banana Cream Cake is a lighter version of a banana cream cake- made with a cake mix, bananas, banana pudding and topped with banana slices and vanilla wafer cookies!

PREP TIME5 minutes

COOK TIME22 minutes


TOTAL TIME37 minutes


  • 1 ( 16 oz.) package Pillsbury sugar free yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 ( 1.0 oz. ) sugar free Banana Cream Instant Pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cup skim milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 6 oz. light cool whip
  • 1 large banana and 30 mini vanilla wafers or 16 reduced fat regular size vanilla wafers for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine, mashed bananas, cake mix, eggs, water, vanilla extract, and unsweetened applesauce.
  3. Using a hand or standing mixer, beat on low until batter is completely combined. 
  4. Spray a 9X13 BAKING DISH with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake for 22-24 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. 
  7. Cool for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl combine pudding mix and skim or unsweetened almond milk.
  8. Whisk together until it thickens. Fold in cool whip.
  9. Using the end of a mixing spoon, poke the cake with holes through the entire cake. Pour pudding mixture onto cake. Spread evenly until the entire cake is covered. 
  10. Top with sliced bananas. 
  11. Cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve. 
  12. When ready to serve, cut into 16 even slices. Top with mini vanilla wafers or regular size vanilla wafers.


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