Slate.com just put out a list of the unofficial DESSERT of all 50 states. They got some no-brainers right . . . like key lime pie for Florida or cheesecake for New York. But they also had some real stretches . . . like Arkansas getting red velvet cake because it’s the same colors as the University of Arkansas.
Tennessee’s designated dessert? Banana Pudding. Personally, I’m not a fan of this dish, but a lot of people I know are. So here’s a recipe with a twist for Tennessee’s Dessert of Choice!
Banana Pudding Cake
Ingredients you’ll need:
1 recipe Old Fashioned Butter Cake OR
1 [16.25] oz box yellow or golden butter cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare
For the filling: [If making a 2 layer cake, halve]
1 [2.6 oz] box dry whipped topping mix [i.e.Dream Whip]
3 cup cold half & half, divided
2 [3.4 oz] box vanilla instant pudding mix
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup whipped cream cheese
2 large bananas, diced
Frosting: 1  oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
Garnish: whole Vanilla wafers plus 1/2 cup crushed vanilla wafers
Prepare the cake layers per the directions and cool completely. To prepare the filling, using a mixer whip together both envelopes of whipped topping with 1 1/4 cup of cold half & half. Whip for 3 minutes or until firm peaks form. [tip: 1 box of Dream Whip contains 2 envelopes, use both for a 3 layer cake and 1 for a 2 layer cake]
Add both packages of instant pudding, 1 3/4 cups of cold half & half and 2 tsp pure vanilla extract. Whip for another 2-3 minutes until thickened. Add the whipped cream cheese and whip for another 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy. Spread half of the filling over the bottom layer of cake. Top with cubed bananas. Gently press the bananas into the filling.
Top with the middle layer of cake and repeat. Top with the last cake layer.
Frost with whipped topping and garnish with vanilla wafers. Chill for at least 4 hours before cutting.
Yield: 12 pieces