Ingredients:

For the Cake:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

For the Banana Pudding Filling:

  • 1 box instant banana pudding mix
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.

2. Prepare the Cake Batter:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the yellow cake mix, eggs, sour cream, vegetable oil, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Mix until well combined.
  • If using, fold in the chopped nuts.

3. Layer the Cake:

  • Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly.

4. Prepare the Banana Pudding Filling:

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the banana pudding mix, cold milk, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Let the pudding mixture sit for a few minutes until it thickens slightly.

5. Add the Banana Pudding Layer:

  • Spread the sliced bananas over the first layer of cake batter.
  • Pour the prepared banana pudding mixture over the bananas, spreading it evenly.

6. Top with the Remaining Cake Batter:

  • Carefully spoon the remaining cake batter over the banana pudding layer, spreading it as evenly as possible.

7. Bake:

  • Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

8. Prepare the Glaze:

  • While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl.

9. Glaze the Cake:

  • Once the cake is done baking, remove it from the oven and immediately drizzle the glaze over the warm cake.

10. Cool and Serve: – Allow the cake to cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing and serving. This cake can be served warm or at room temperature.

Enjoy your delicious Honey Bun Cake with Banana Pudding Filling!