Inspiration can turn up anywhere. For me, almost anything can spark an idea for a recipe; it might be a movie, a photo in a magazine, heck it might be a conversation! Memories spark or an idea jumps out at me and I just have to make it happen! This Chocolate Banana Poke Cake is a great example of a recipe that came to be because of a conversation with my friend Nikki.
You see, we were walking down the River Walk Trail with her two little girls one afternoon, talking as we normally do, and she started telling me about this amazing Banana Pudding Poke Cake that she had made. She was in love with it and just couldn’t get over how good it was.
I had heard of Poke cake before but I’d never made one. (I mean of course I’d heard of it, I’ve seen it all over the food blogger scene before). However, I had never seen anyone in real life make one nor had I even heard anyone in real life talk about one.
I was intrigued and I walked along the trail and listened to her as she explained each step that she took when making this “Poke Cake”. It seemed simple enough. I jotted myself a mental note and we continued on with our conversation. As we continued our conversation about desserts I brought up the beloved Eclair and we both agreed that it was amazing and needed to be made ASAP (which it was).
Then it hit me! Chocolate! I love Chocolate! I love Banana and Chocolate! I needed to make a Banana Pudding Poke Cake like Nikki made but I NEEDED to make it with Chocolate cake and chocolate chips!
The obsession began! I went home that evening and told Thomas all about it and then pick up what I needed from the store the very next day. After work, I came home and got to work on my Chocolate Banana Poke Cake! Now I did use Chocolate cake mix for my Chocolate Banana Poke Cake (GASP, I know, I committed a huge Food Blogger Sin…. BUT.. I’m ok with that)
I also used Boxed Banana Pudding (Let it out! Another GASP) But you know what, if you feel like making a chocolate cake from scratch, I have a recipe here for chocolate cake and if you want to make banana pudding from scratch, I have a recipe for that here (just use the banana pudding part of the recipe)!
Now, who wants a slice?