Magnolia’s Famous Banana Pudding

By grace.g.yang ยท April 12, 2009
Under: Desserts,Grace's Picks,My Life,Recipes

Magnolia’s is probably one of New York’s most famous bakeries (thanks to Sex and the City) but I find their cupcakes a little dry. Whenever I stop by the shop, instead of waiting in line for their cupcakes, I usually end up getting a small order of their banana pudding. It’s light and airy yet really decadent. I looked up the recipe and it’s surprisingly easy to make – perfect for a Friday treat to bring into the office.

The ingredients:


Don’t even bother getting the reduced fat Nilla wafers – I mean, if you’re using heavy cream, just go all out, right?!

First, combine the condensed milk with water and blend:


After the mixture is combined, add the instant vanilla pudding:


Mix the vanilla pudding with the condensed milk and water mixture until everything is blended together:


Let the pudding sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours (I let mine sit overnight because I didn’t want to put the entire pudding together the night before).

In the morning, I whipped up the heavy cream until peaks form.





Yum! It’s starting to look good (even though there’s no sugar in the whipped cream, there’s something so deliciously awesome about heavy cream, don’t you think?)

Okay, now it’s time to combine the pudding and the heavy cream:


After carefully combining the whipped cream with the pudding, you should get a light yellowish mixture like so:


The recipe suggests that the pudding mixture should set for 4 hours (but no longer than 8), so I woke up early on Friday morning to assemble this amazing pudding. First, I cut up some bananas (about 5 bananas, but I bought more just in case):


And started layering the nilla wafers, bananas, and pudding:


I got through about three layers before I ran out of nilla wafers (although I still had some pudding left):


I finished the banana pudding with a nice layer of light and fluffy pudding and a banana:


After carefully transporting it to the office, I let it sit in the fridge for 5 hours (until after lunch) and we all dug into it as we sang happy birthday to our friends at work. The pudding got rave reviews (actually, people said it was BETTER than Magnolia’s!) It’s super simple to make and definitely an amazing treat!

Reader Comments

That’s a convenient recipe. It looks so fluffy. Thanks for sharing!
I’m glad I found your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ You gave me something new to follow. I look forward to future posts!

Written By Mel @ on April 12th, 2009 @ 8:05 am

Hi! I came across your site and all the food looks sooo delish! I will have to bookmark your site. ๐Ÿ™‚
But, I can’t look at your site at night before going to bed….. I just can’t.

Written By Cecil on April 16th, 2009 @ 8:15 pm

Came across your blog from and saw this receipe for the banana pudding. I have been a big fan of banana pudding since I was a kid. I’m not the cook in my family, so I made my wonderful wife make it. We loved it! I think I will ask her to add more layers of cookies next time. Just wanted to thank you for posting the receipe.

Written By Shaun Arceneaux on May 5th, 2009 @ 11:48 am

hey, great recipe, i noticed the ingredients weren’t listed but shown, just wondering how much water is used in the recipe?

Written By natalie on October 12th, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

Here’s the actual recipe:

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups ice cold water
1 (3.4-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix (preferably Jell-O brand)
3 cups heavy cream
1 (12-ounce) box Nabisco Nilla Wafers (no substitutions!)
4 cups sliced ripe bananas

Written By grace.g.yang on October 12th, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

Thanks for the list of ingredients!!!

Written By natalie on October 14th, 2010 @ 9:18 am

Good evening!

I live in New Braunfels, TX and came across your blog checking measurements for my homemade banana pudding. The one you made is wonderful and a popular version in the south but a TRUE banana pudding is made with homemade custard. The difference is AMAZING if you have never tried it. has a recipe title Southern Banana Pudding that is very close to my grandmothers. I hope you will try that version! I think you blog is wonderful and I am enjoying reading about your food adventures.

Written By Lavinia Kuykendall on March 28th, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

I just used your recipe, it took FOREVER to try to find it lol! It took soooooo long to make the whipping cream!!! Its in the fridge right now, calling my name…..

Written By Brenda on September 19th, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

I love this recipe its the best banana pudding ever

Written By Brenda Deadwiley on July 31st, 2015 @ 12:04 am

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