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This Banana Split Cake recipe truly has everything! Fresh pineapple and strawberry slices sandwiched between chocolate and banana cake. Perfect for a summer celebration!

Remember the joy of digging into a banana split as a kid? You can recreate the magic with all kinds of fun desserts, like this Banana Split Fudge and these No Bake Banana Split Cheesecake Bars.

Slice of banana split cake being removed from cake stand.
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Three Layers of Banana Split Cake

When I think of banana splits I think of decadence, color and, most of all fun! This Banana Split Cake recipe has all that and more.

  • This recipe includes layers of both banana cake AND chocolate cake. What’s a banana split without chocolate, after all?
  • Fresh slices of strawberry and pineapple add an explosion of bright juicy flavor.
  • Rich, creamy flavor of real whipped cream in the frosting.
  • A sundae topping of chopped nuts, chocolate syrup and cherries adds the perfect finishing touch.

In short: you’re looking at the ULTIMATE Banana Split Cake recipe!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make banana split cake.
  • Baking Cocoa. Use a good quality baking cocoa to get the best ever chocolate cake layers.
  • Brewed coffee. Using a small amount of brewed coffee in the cake batter gives the chocolate a richer, deeper flavor.
  • Bananas. Choose extremely ripe bananas for the sweetest, moistest banana cake. Check out my guide on how to ripen bananas in minutes.

How to Make Banana Split Cake

Step by step photos showing the three layers of banana split cake.

Bake the Layers.

  • Perfect banana split cake is all about the layers.
  • Bake up one 9-inch layer of chocolate cake and two 9-inch layers of banana cake.
Step by step photos showing how to assemble banana split layer cake.

Assemble Cake.

  • Place the cooled chocolate layer cake on a serving platter. Top with the creamy frosting and slices of strawberries.
  • Place one of your banana cake layers over the strawberry layer. Cover this one with more whipped cream frosting and the sliced pineapple.
  • The second banana cake layer continues on top. Spread a thick layer of frosting over the top and sides of the whole cake.
  • Finally, garnish the top with chopped nuts. Drizzle on chocolate sauce and arrange a few maraschino cherries on the top!
Slice of banana split cake with a bite taken out.

Tips and Tricks

  • Store the assembled Banana Split Cake in the refrigerator until just before serving.
  • Feel free to swap the sliced pecans with walnuts, peanuts or another favorite nutty topping.
  • Put the chocolate cake layer in the center if you prefer! It looks pretty both ways.
  • Love caramel or butterscotch? Feel free to drizzle homemade caramel sauce or butterscotch sauce on to the top of the cake.
  • Make the layer of cake ahead of time and freeze if desired.
  • I don’t receommend using frozen fruit. As frozen fruit thaws it releases a lot of moisture that can seep into the cake. However, canned pineapple can be sure if it’s well drained.

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5 from 3 votes
By: Aimee
This Banana Split Cake recipe truly has everything! Fresh pineapple and strawberry slices sandwiched between chocolate and banana cake. Perfect for a summer celebration!
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients 

For the Chocolate cake layer:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup brewed coffee cooled
  • ¼ cup whole milk

For the Banana cake layers:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large bananas very ripe
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

For the Whipped Cream frosting:

  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 ounce cream cheese softened and cubed

For the filling and garnish:

  • 2 cups fresh, sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups fresh, sliced pineapple
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • maraschino cherries
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Instructions 

For the chocolate cake layer:

  • In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat butter and sugar for 5 minutes. Add in egg and beat until combined.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
  • Combine coffee and milk in a measuring cup.
  • To the butter mixture, alternate adding in the dry and the wet ingredients, beating well between each addition. Once the final addition is added, beat for 2 full minutes.
  • Spray one 9-inch cake pan with baking spray and add the batter. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 25 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the banana cake layers:

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar together for 3 minutes. Add egg, vanilla and ripe bananas. Beat for several minutes, until bananas are fully mashed and incorporated. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat for 2 full minutes.
  • Spray two 9-inch cake pans with baking spray and divide the batter evenly. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 25 minutes. Cool in pans for 5 minutes, then flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the whipped cream frosting:

  • In a large, clean, dry mixing bowl, beat heavy whipping cream for 2-3 minutes until stiff peaks form. Slowly add in the cream cheese and powdered sugar and continue beating for an additional 3-4 minutes.

To assemble cake:

  • Place cooled chocolate cake layer on a cake plate. Top with a generous amount of the frosting, and layer the strawberries over the frosting.
  • Add one layer of the banana cake and top that with more frosting and the fresh pineapple.
  • Add the second layer of banana cake and frost entire cake with the remainder of the frosting. Top with chopped pecans, chocolate syrup and cherries. Store in refrigerator in airtight cake container. ENJOY.

Notes

  • Store the assembled Banana Split Cake in the refrigerator until just before serving.
  • Feel free to swap the sliced pecans with walnuts, peanuts or another favorite nutty topping.
  • Put the chocolate layer in the center if you prefer! It looks pretty both ways.
  • Love caramel or butterscotch? Feel free to drizzle homemade caramel sauce or butterscotch sauce on to the top of the cake.
  • Make the layer of cake ahead of time and freeze if desired.
  • I don’t receommend using frozen fruit. As frozen fruit thaws it releases a lot of moisture that can seep into the cake. However, canned pineapple can be sure if it’s well drained.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 534kcal, Carbohydrates: 65g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 104mg, Sodium: 264mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 45g
Course: Cake
Cuisine: American
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An impressive appearance and even more impressive taste make this Banana Split Cake a hit! Make it for a special occasion or “just because.” There won’t be one bite leftover!

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Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on July 1, 2024

Comments & Reviews

  1. This looks great but I think it would be more attractive if the chocolate layer was in the middle. Is there a reason it was done with the banana layers in that order?

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  3. THIS is brilliant! I am all about banana split this summer and this is an unreal recreation of it! Definitely pinning for later 🙂

  4. Aimee, this cake would have made me happy on the occasion of my high school graduation! I’m still a huge fan of all things banana!

  5. I’m graduating soon! I can hardly believe it. This cake is ridiculous in all the best ways, totally gorgeous.

  6. Graduations are the best. And this cake is probably the nicest way for anyone to celebrate. I’m very impressed! It’s gorgeous, too!

  7. Congrats to you and your son!! I say congrats because I think as parents we don’t get as much credit as we should when the kids graduate. We are in school with them the whole way. How many times did we have to relearn how to do things so we could help? It’s crazy. Sometimes I think we are actually in school too. Lol. This cake is genius Aimee! Love the different layers and fruit. Looks out of this world! 🙂 

    1. Aww, thanks Cyndi. I’m still in denial that he’s home this week because school is over, haha!

  8. If I had to describe this cake, I would imagine it would involve a carton character with the eyes popping out and my jar hitting the floor! 

  9. Congrats to your son! This is one incredible cake! So perfect for a celebration!

  10. Congrats to your son! Time really does go far too fast! 
    But you know what makes everything better? Cakeeeee! 😉 
    Love this twist on a banana split!! 
    Pinning! 

  11. My daughter is graduating later this month. She is #5 to graduate but the other 4 graduated from homeschool … she is the first to graduate from conventional school. It is always so sad/exciting when this time comes. Congrats on this milestone! ANd the cake? OMGEEEEEEE …. I am so making this soon. I love it!

    1. Congrats to your family as well 🙂 It’s a very sad/exciting time. Full of emotions…which cake can help 🙂

  12. Congratulations on the graduation!!!  I don’t even want to think about that right now.  So, I’m going to think cake all day long 🙂  This is such a crazy awesome cake too!!  I absolutely love every single layer you have going on in it!  And I also love that you love banana split treats as much as I do!!!

  13. Oh Aimee, I know just how you feel – my daughter just graduated from college last weekend!  Our babies, all grown up.  This cake looks like the PERFECT way to celebrate how wonderful they are!!

  14. Congrats to your son on the graduation – such an accomplishment!
    As is this cake! I don’t know if I could ever get the layers as pretty, but I would sure love to taste-test them! 😉 Pinned!

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