Banana Flips

This is one of my favorite desserts (really, see here) and a treasured recipe from my mother that has been in our family since I was very little. The banana flavor is subtle so even if you aren’t a big fan of banana you may still like this unique dessert with an elegant presentation.

We have always kept our banana flips in the refrigerator and I highly recommend that. While there is nothing in the filling that would spoil, the flavors are certainly enhanced when kept cold so refrigerate a bit before serving.

Cake Ingredients

1 pkg yellow cake mix

1 pkg vanilla instant pudding

1 – 1/2 cups milk

4 eggs

Filling Ingredients

1/2 cup milk

3 tablespoons flour

1 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon banana flavoring

powdered sugar for garnish


Mix cake mix, pudding, mix and eggs.

Beat well.

Grease two jellyroll pans (use 10×15 inch pans for super thick banana flips with extra filling like my mom or use 11×17 inch pans like I did for more banana flips) then put down wax or parchment paper and grease the top AGAIN. Pour batter (approximately 3 cups per pan) into pans. Bake for 10-20 minutes in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. Cool 10 minutes and then remove, keeping cakes on the wax/parchment paper.

Gently whisk milk and flour for filling ingredients.

Heat milk and flour mixture until bubbles (1 bubble is enough!) and it is a glossy paste, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool.

Mix shortening, sugar and banana flavoring. Mix just until it combined and add cool paste. Beat 5 mins or longer on setting 4 or 5 of your stand mixer. (Hand mixer works, it is just a bit of a pain!) It should not be grainy.

Add filling to top of one layer and flip the other to lay over the top like a sandwich.

Sprinkle powdered sugar if desired over the top for garnish and to keep cake from feeling sticky. (You should be able to eat these with your hands like a bar). I used a baking stencil with stripes from IKEA to create this cool effect.
Cut into squares, chill (if desired) and enjoy!

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  1. Sounds interesting! I’ll have to try it sometime

  2. Those sound and look so delicious Emilie! Do you ever eat them with real banana slices? I bet that would be extra yummy as a garnish on top especially for a banana lover like me.

  3. Colleen Turner says:

    Ohh….sounds super yummy! I will have to try this!

  4. Oh that looks so good :) and so yummy!

    Cat, I love bananas too, I think I have more recipes with bananas than anything else, knowing me I would probably try to mash one in the filling too. But this does sound so good!

    Emilie thanks for sharing with us your favorite and yummy recipe, I love it!!! And I love baking stencils too, they are so cool when making the top of the cake just a bit more special 😉

    • I know! Baking stencils are so cheap too. At least the ones at IKEA are. I got a set of 5 stencils for only $1.49. Love ’em!

      I’m actually not sure how bananas would taste. It is a subtle banana flavor as I said. I think if I did I would use it as a garnish or add them to my individual squares (you can separate the top layer to add it). I got so used to eating them and loving them as is that I haven’t branched out much. As is they are a lot like a big ‘ole homemade twinkie. :)

      • It really sounds very yummy! I want it so bad LOL that I’m thinking this weekend is the one to try it! I’ll post about it when I try it and let you know how it went 😀

  5. This sounds so good! Thanks for the new craving… lol

  6. OMG that looks SO good. I love banana. It also looks really difficult to make though. I always shy away from anything that is jelly rolled.

  7. Is there a simple way to print the ingredients and instructions without the pictures? I would like to keep in my recipe box. Sounds delicious!


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