Moon Pie Cake

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You will be over the moon about this Moon Pie cake! It’s a refreshing refrigerator summer cake recipe with multiple layers, starting with soft Moon Pies, then creamy vanilla pudding, sweet caramel syrup, fresh banana slices, and whipped topping.  

Forkful of moon pie cake.

There aren’t many snacks as synonymous with the South as a Moon Pie. If you have no idea what a Moon Pie is, you’re in for a treat! Chattanooga Bakery has made these little treats since 1917. They include a marshmallow filling sandwiched between two graham cracker cookies with a flavored coating. The five main flavors are banana, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, and salted caramel. Plus, during Mardi Gras, you can get orange and coconut flavors too.

With the marshmallow fluff center, they’re similar to a whoopie pie (here’s my homemade whoopie pie recipe with cream cheese instead of marshmallow filling). Traditionally, they were accompanied by an RC Cola and this was called “the working man’s lunch” because they were cheap, filling, and gave hardworking men the energy to get back to it. Moon Pies make many things awesome including childhood. So I thought hey, let’s make a Moon Pie cake recipe! I totally made this recipe up as I went along but it turned out awesome!

Which flavor to choose…

Now, I am using banana-flavored Moon Pies because they are my favorite (closely followed by vanilla and chocolate). Any flavor you want works perfectly well in this cake, so go with whatever cranks yer tractor. This is a no-bake cake with multiple layers. We start with the Moon Pie pieces, add the pudding, and then refrigerate. Then we add caramel syrup, banana slices, whipping cream, and more caramel because why not?

This Moon Pie cake recipe is so easy to make and a great refrigerator cake for your next gathering. It’s a surprisingly light-tasting dessert that isn’t as kill-you-sweet as you think it is, but oh my goodness is it good!  The flavors complement each other perfectly and you keep going back for just one. more. bite.

If you like this, try my caramel banana pie recipe, Homemade Banana Pudding, Banana Pecan Bread, or Banana Crumb Cake next.

Labeled ingredients for moon pie cake.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Moon Pies
  • Bananas
  • Caramel syrup
  • Cook & Serve Vanilla Pudding (here’s my homemade pudding recipe if you prefer)
  • Whipped topping
  • Cherries (optional garnish)

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How to Make Moon Pie Cake

Unwrap and cut moon pies.

To start with, unwrap six or seven Moon Pies (A box contains six but it takes about 7 to fill the bottom of my 9×13 dish) and cut them into four strips each like this.

Arrange cut pies into baking dish.

Arrange all of those strips, cut side up, in a baking dish.

Prepare vanilla pudding according to package directions.

Cook your pudding according to the package directions.

Pour vanilla pudding over baking dish.

Pour it over the Moon Pies.

Baking dish filled with pudding.

Aww, look at ’em. All comfy cozy, relaxing in a pudding bath.

Life is good for y’all, isn’t it?

Cover with foil and refrigerate until cold.

Now cover this with foil and refrigerate it until it is cold.

I just made it in the evening and let it sit in the fridge overnight.

And the next day…

Zigzag caramel over baking dish in morning.

Take your caramel and do a generous zigzag over the Moon Pies.

Place sliced bananas on top of caramel.

Slice bananas on top of the caramel.

Cut a Moon Pie into bite-sized pieces.

Now take another Moon Pie and cut it into smaller bite-sized pieces.

Cover cake with whipped topping.

Then cover the cake with the entire tub of whipped topping.

Moon Pie cake covered in whipped topping.


Add more caramel and bite-sized Moon Pie bits to the top of the cake.

Zig some more caramel zags on top and sprinkle with the little Moon Pie pieces.

Okay, so I didn’t sprinkle. I placed. Do what your gut tells ya here. Either one still gives you a Moon Pie cake in the end and this puppy is FABULOUS!

Removing slice of cake from baking dish.

Now grab your spatula…

Slice of Moon Pie cake on spatula.

Look at all of those layers!

Slice of Moon Pie cake on plate.

And dig in. Enjoy!



Store leftovers covered in plastic wrap or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Because of the whipped topping, I don’t recommend freezing.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use any flavor of Moon Pie, just make sure you get the regular size. If you aren’t familiar with them, they have minis, double-deckers, and I think even triple-deckers. You could use the double and triple-deckers if you like and it will take fewer to make this, but if you go with minis it is gonna take a whole lotta Moon Pies!
  • Adapt this recipe to suit you and your favorite flavor as well. For example, if you use chocolate Moon Pies with that delicious marshmallow fluff and chocolate coating, use chocolate sauce instead.

Check out these other delicious refrigerator cake recipes:

Lemon Cherry Cheesecake

Lemon Icebox Cake

Coconut Poke Cake

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

8 Make Ahead Summer Cakes

Slice of Moon Pie cake on plate.

Moon Pie Cake

This Moon Pie cake is a refrigerator cake with multiple layers: Moon Pies, vanilla pudding, caramel syrup, banana slices, and whipped topping.  
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 380kcal


  • 8 Moon pies pick your favorite
  • 16 oz whipped topping one tub
  • 5 oz vanilla pudding cook and serve
  • 5 bananas
  • 12 oz caramel syrup 1 bottle


  • Cut 7 Moon Pies into four strips. Place the strips, cut side up, in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish or cake pan.
    8 Moon pies
  • Prepare pudding according to package directions and pour it over the Moon Pies while still warm. Cover dish with foil and refrigerate until cold.
    5 oz vanilla pudding
  • Top the Moon Pies with a generous drizzling of caramel sauce. Slice bananas on top, spread whipped topping over these, and then finish with another generous drizzling of caramel.
    16 oz whipped topping, 12 oz caramel syrup, 5 bananas
  • Chop up the remaining Moon Pie into bite-sized pieces and scatter pieces on top. Cover again and refrigerate until ready to serve (can serve immediately but gets better after an hour in the fridge).


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9.5g | Sugar: 58g
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  1. I’m making this ! Looks wonderful !! My question is …. Am I reading correctly , 220,000 calories ?!?!?

  2. I went to Clemson University and my dorm window looked out over the Presidents house. RC Edwards was President of the university. They called his sweet wife “Moonpie”!
    I loved living next door to RC and Moonpie

  3. Christy, bad girl! I love a Moon Pie and now I am going to have to make this cake, I have no choice, I sure don’t need to eat it but you have forced my hand to my mouth of course.
    Thanks this looks like something that would be great at family gatherings, very unexpected.

  4. I love moon pies but not banana. What do you think about the chocolate moon pie with Chocolate pudding? Of course cool whip and the chocolate syrup drizzle?? By the way, I love your recipes!!

  5. Moon Pies are new to me. We don’t have them around here. They sound delicious though. So does your cake!

      1. My son (Tennessee native) lives outside of Las Vegas and the Bass Pro shops there (and here in Tn) sell Moon Pies.

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