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Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding Copycat

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Banana Pudding is hands down my most favorite treat from Magnolia Bakery. I always make it a point to get a couple of medium sized cups whenever we go to the city. I usually get the original and their chocolate flavored ones if it’s available.

We don’t know when we will ever go back to NYC, and it’s this time of the year even when we are there almost every week. We miss everything about it the energy, the vibe, the little quaint neighborhood shops and of course the food ! Our trip to the city is usually all about food.

My blog post recently have all been about copycat creations from restaurants or food places we love to go to. This is another, good thing Magnolia Bakery has published their recipe for their world famous banana pudding.


To make, place in mixing bowl 1 1/2 cups ice cold water and 1 14 oz can condensed milk and beat for 1 minute. Then add 1 package Jello instant vanilla pudding mix (note: it has to be instant). Mix with a paddle attachment of your mixer for 2 minutes. Cover and let this set in the fridge for about 4 hours to overnight. For best results, I let it sit in my fridge overnight.

Empty a one pint container of heavy whipping cream onto a mixing bowl and whip until stiff peaks form. Then gently fold in the whipping cream onto your pudding mixture until well combined. I really don’t mind if there are still streaks in it, I think it adds to the visual appeal.

If you want to serve it in individual containers, get a glass cup then layer some Nilla Wafers at the bottom, then add some sliced bananas then your pudding mixture. Then repeat the layers. You can decorate the top with a piece of wafer and some sliced banana, but this is totally optional.


I prefer to serve mine true to Magnolia Bakery fashion. I got a rectangular pyrex or any glass dish, then made the layers, starting with the wafers, bananas then the pudding. Repeat until you have filled the container to the top. Cover with a cling wrap and let this chill in the fridge for 4 – 8 hours. Making sure not to exceed 8 hours since the bananas has a tendency to brown. By this time the wafers would have softened and you can then scoop this onto cups or glass and slather it to the brim. Serve immediately. My family thinks it taste exactly like the ones we get from their store.