So many fun flavors in one cake! This Banana Split Cake has it all…bananas, pineapple, strawberry, chocolate, whipped cream frosting and more! Perfect for a birthday cake, graduation, or just a dessert with family and friends!
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My son graduated high school this weekend. All the years of school…and now it’s over. I remember that feeling well, even though it’s been 24 years since I graduated HS (oh my heck, that’s a long time).
As with any celebration, there should always be cake! This Banana Split Cake needs to get on your menu ASAP.
I started by making a single layer of chocolate cake, and a double layer banana cake. Three layers of deliciousness. Seriously.
Growing up, my dad has always requested an atomic cake. Have you heard of this? I didn’t know this, but after looking online, an atomic cake is a Chicago bakery thing. Today’s cake is NOT an atomic cake, haha, sorry to disappoint….but it’s close. And it’s huge like an atomic cake (I think I’ll have to get a homemade version of an atomic cake on the blog this summer!!)
After creating the layers of banana cake, you’re going to make a huge batch of whipped cream frosting. I added in a little cream cheese to not only give a little flavor, but also make the frosting more stable. I’ve also used fresh strawberries and fresh pineapple for between the layers. I know I’ll get questions asking if you can use canned pineapple. And the answer is “probably.” haha.
If you’re looking for the perfect Birthday cake recipe, or graduation dessert….or just something to enjoy with friends and family, this Banana Split Layer Cake is the answer!
Now I’m going to go cry in my coffee as I think about how old my kids have become, which means how old I am!
How to make a Banana Split Cake:
- You can bake the cake layers ahead of time. If it’s the day before, allow the cake layers to cool completely, then wrap them in plastic wrap. If it’s more than a day before, wrap in plastic wrap, then in foil. Freeze until ready to use. Thaw at room temperature and continue layering according to recipe!
- When it comes to nice, even cake layers, I love using these. No need to slice off any domes!
- I use an electric mixer with whisk attachment for making the whipped cream frosting. Be sure the bowl is clean and dry. I always like it to be cold! Add in the sugar slowly, and the cream cheese in small cubes!
- Use fresh strawberries and pineapple between the layers for best flavor. Let them dry out on a paper towel before assembly!
- Store cake in refrigerator (covered), until ready to use!
Love this banana split cake? Here are some more banana split inspired desserts:
No Bake Banana Split Cheesecake Bars: this is as good as it sounds. Delicious!!
Banana Split Poke cake: perfect for potlucks and summer bbq’s!
Banana Split Fudge: a fun twist on a classic dessert!
Here are some fun Banana Split Recipes from my friends:
- This Banana Split Fluff Salad is a creamy fruit salad loaded with all your favorite banana split toppings. Stir everything into one bowl, and it’s ready to go.
- Banana Split Cupcakes from Your Cup of Cake–there’s nothing else that really needs to be said. They’re delicious of course, but they’re also beautiful.
- Decadent Banana Split Lush from Melissa’s Southern Kitchen is made with layers of cream cheese, pineapple and banana slices all drizzled with chocolate and lots of colorful sprinkles. Add a layer of strawberries, if you like and lots of toasted nuts. Top it all off with whipped cream and maraschino cherries then step aside.
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*Today’s recipe for Banana Split Cake was originally published on Shugary Sweets on May 18, 2015 and has been republished in June 2018.
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