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July 25th, 2012

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding.

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding.

Every time I visit NYC one of the first things I do is go to Magnolia Bakery (401 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10014 (212) 462-2572) and pick up a tub of banana pudding.

It’s famous for its cupcakes – Carrie Bradshaw and Co made them cult-buys – but for me it is all about the banana pudding which quite simply is one of the most ridiculous desserts on the planet.

It’s sugar perfection in a take-out container. I stick it my mini-bar fridge and nibble away at the tub during my stays. Perfect post-Barney’s fare.  The bakery also has a recipe book – you can order it here. I have tackled this dish. It’s easy. Run don’t walk. Blame me later.

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding

From ‘More From Magnolia’ Cookbook

Serves 12


1 1/2 cups water
2/3 cup vanilla pudding mix
1  can sweetened condensed milk
3 cups cold thickened cream
1 box vanilla wafers
4 ripe bananas, sliced (not too ripe – I like them just past firm)


1. Whisk together the water, pudding mix and sweetened condensed milk until well mixed. If not using an instant pudding mix, refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. If using instant, it will be ready to go within 15 min.

2. When pudding is ready, whip the heavy cream in a chilled bowl until soft peaks form. Fold the pudding mixture into the whipped cream until well incorporated.

3. In a deep glass bowl (or pie pan or whatever you want to use to layer… but honestly the deeper the bowl the more it will all ‘mish mash’ together), layer the pudding, wafers, bananas and pudding. Continue until all the mixture is used up, ending with either wafers or pudding. Don’t end with bananas because they will just turn brown and end up looking unappealing. I sprinkled crushed wafers on top of mine.

4. Refrigerate for at least six hours, but many blogs say the longer that you have it in the fridge sitting all together, the better it seems to taste. This dessert also looks amazing layered in an ice cream sundae glass.

  • Phoodietweets

    You can totally substitute in terms of consistency and it “working”….it just won’t taste as “Creamy-flavoured” and rich!

  • Phoodietweets

    I’m OBSESSED with MB banana pudding as well as their Snickers Icebox pie…. sure when I’m there I get my dozen cupcakes but the other 2 aforementioned treats are atop my list!

  • Gin & Tonic

    What is vanilla pudding mix?  Could you substitute homemade thick vanilla custard?  

  • Chelsea @LifeStyled

    Hi Gin & Tonic. This is vanilla pudding mix:
    It’s instant pudding mixture in a powder form. Happy baking!
    Chelsea @ LifeStyled

  • Michelle

    I was just there last week! The pudding is amazing, as ate the cupcakes!
    Got to love to Marc Jacobs and Jimmy Choo stores practically next door too ;)

  • Libby

    Every time i am in NY i go to Magnolia’s bakery & buy there famous banana pudding
    Love It ! Love it !   You must go to Bleecker St & try it…..X

  • Robynjones

    Paula, what biscuits do you use for this? I know that the wafers that Americans use are not like wafers we know in Australia…more vanilla biscuits, right?

  • Mich

    I also would like to know the answer to this, as I made it with our version of wafers today…it might be ok, but I don’t think it will be anywhere near as good. :-( Would be great to know the correct ingredients for next time please.

  • PaulaJoye

    Hi Mich
    I printed this recipe as original so sorry for the biscuit confusion.
    I forget because I grew up in the USA that my memory of a vanilla wafer is different to what they are here.
    The recipe is talking about a Nilla Wafer which you can buy here in select store and online here – (SOLD OUT AT THE MOMENT) but I substitute with a Marie Biscuit. Classic vanilla flavour and crumbles well.

  • PaulaJoye

    Hi Robyn
    Thanks for you comment.
    See below.

  • Mich

    Thanks for the reply Paula. Much appreciated….let’s just say the vanilla wafers I used were NOT a success. Ever eaten banana, pudding and soggy cardboard? If not…feel free to abstain! :-) next time Marie!

  • Tea

    It looks quite cakey… Do you get the same result using biscuits??

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  • Evey

    I substituted mango for the banana and it was divine!

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