Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding Recipe

Posted by Roslyn Sturdivant on


There used to be this really cool bakery I’d visit in Union Station named Magnolia Bakery. Unbeknownst to me at the time, Magnolia Bakery was not a DC thing but rather a famous NYC staple. Known for its irresistible cupcakes and heavenly banana pudding, Magnolia has become a sweet sanctuary for dessert lovers everywhere. Today, I'm excited to share with you one of their most coveted recipes: Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding.

The Story Behind the Recipe

Before we dive into the ingredients and steps, let's take a moment to appreciate the story behind this beloved dessert. Magnolia Bakery opened its doors in the heart of Manhattan's West Village in 1996, and since then, it has been enchanting customers with its nostalgic charm and delectable treats. The banana pudding, in particular, has earned a cult following, with locals and tourists alike lining up for a taste of its creamy goodness.

What Makes it Special

So, what sets Magnolia's banana pudding apart from the rest? It's all about the layers. This dessert is a harmonious blend of ripe bananas, creamy vanilla pudding, and fluffy whipped cream, all nestled between layers of Nilla wafers. The result? A symphony of flavors and textures that will transport you straight to dessert heaven with every spoonful.

The Recipe

Now, let's get down to business. Here's what you'll need to recreate Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding in your own kitchen:


  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1½ cups ice cold water
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 (12-ounce) box Nilla wafers
  • 5 ripe bananas, sliced
  • ½ cup crushed Nilla wafers (for garnish)

If you love vanilla the way I do, feel free to add a half teaspoon of vanilla bean paste while whipping your cream!


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and cold water until well combined.
  2. Add the pudding mix and whisk until smooth and thickened. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. In another bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. This is also where you’ll add the vanilla bean paste if you’d like.
  4. Gently fold the whipped cream into the chilled pudding mixture until well combined and there are no streaks remaining.
  5. In a trifle dish or glass serving bowl, layer the Nilla wafers, sliced bananas, and pudding mixture, repeating until all ingredients are used, and ending with a layer of pudding on top.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to come together.
  7. Before serving, sprinkle the crushed Nilla wafers over the top for a delightful crunch.

Final Thoughts

There you have it—Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding, straight from their kitchen to yours. Whether you're hosting a gathering with friends or simply craving a taste of nostalgia, this dessert is sure to delight and impress. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and get ready to indulge in a little slice of comfort.

Happy caking!


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