We Tried Dolly Parton’s Southern-Style Banana Cake and Here’s What We Thought

Last month, I found Dolly Parton’s Southern-Style Coconut Cake Mix and made it for the Eagle staff to try. It was delicious!

I looked everywhere for the Banana Cake but couldn’t find it…until last week.  When I spotted it at the Kroger Marketplace on Holland Road in Virginia Beach, I snagged it.

This cake calls for a few extra ingredients and steps than the typical boxed cake mix.  I picked up Instant Pudding, Nilla wafers, and a single banana to turn it into a Banana Pudding Cake.

I combined the box mix with 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted, and 3 tablespoons of pudding mix and baked it for 25 minutes at 350 in two 9-inch round pans.  While it baked, I assembled the pudding mix and frosting.

For the frosting, I whipped one cup of heaving whipping cream with 1/3 a cup of the Dolly Parton buttercream frosting.

Time to assemble!

I added the pudding mix, topped it with a layer of banana and crushed Nilla wafers.

This is the only place where I veered off the directions a bit.  The recipe on the box called for 12 slices of banana but I wanted a bit in every bite so I used a whole banana to cover the middle layer.

Almost ready…

I transported it to the station and topped it with more wafers and banana slices.

A couple of notes:

Since this recipe calls for mixing the frosting with whipping cream, it is MUCH lighter than the coconut cake recipe.  That was a good thing for a couple of us, but some folks missed the super sweet sugary frosting of the last cake.

I also want to note that I know have two-thirds a jar of frosting leftover, along with half a box of Nilla wafers so it’s not the most economical of boxed cake mixes.

(is it weird to just dip Nilla wafers into frosting as a dessert the rest of the week?)

@973stephanie How does Dolly Parton’s Southern Style Banana cake mix compare to the Coconut? let’s make it! #dollyparton #dollypartoncake #bananapudding #bananapuddingcake #duncanhinescakemix #recipe #baking #bakingtiktok ♬ 9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

So here’s what it looks like inside…

But how does it taste? Check out the taste test video below.

@973theeagle Last month we tried Dolly Parton’s coconut cake mix and now we’re testing the Southern Style Banana to see how it compares. @miss_alk @973stephanie @karenwest973 #tastetest #dollyparton #bananapudding #bananapuddingcake #dollypartonduncanhines ♬ Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton

edit:  after sharing my review, an Eagle listener informed me that there is a separate recipe on the side of the box that does not require some of the extra ingredients above.  I somehow completely missed it!  So, if you want to make the cake without the extras, look for that recipe on the side. – Stephanie