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Banana split cake has all the flavors you love in your favorite frozen treat, served up in the form of a creamy chilled cake! A buttery graham cracker crust is topped with layers of bananas, fluffy cream cheese, pineapple, and sundae toppings!

a piece of banana split cake on a white plate

I’ve shared so many creamy no-bake desserts here on All Things Mamma, from No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie to No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake, but if you can’t decide between banana cake and a banana split, then this cake is the recipe for you!

square slice serving of banana split cake sitting on a metal spatula

Instead of ice cream, it’s made with a sweet, fluffy cream cheese filling, but it still has the sliced bananas, pineapple, chocolate syrup, whipped topping, and even the maraschino cherries!

top down view of a serving of banana split cake on a white round plate with a silver fork

Easy Banana Split Cake Recipe

Because this cake is made in a 9×13-inch pan, it’s ideal for potlucks, parties, and summer barbecues because it will feed a crowd! It’s also great for entertaining because you can make it a day or two in advance, and when you’re ready to serve, all you have to do is add the nuts, chocolate syrup, and cherries.

Another fun party idea is to make a build-your-own banana split cake bar! Serve everyone a square of the cake, then arrange all kinds of topping options on your bar so your guests can garnish their cakes as they please. Caramel sauce, strawberry sauce, crushed Oreos, brownie pieces, sliced strawberries, marshmallows, and more all make perfect toppings!

ingredients to make banana split cake

Ingredients

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

The Crust:

  • Graham crackers – Pulse the graham crackers in your food processor to form a coarse crumb.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Butter – I recommend using unsalted butter.

The Filling:

  • Cream cheese – Make sure you use full-fat cream cheese that’s sold in the form of a bar, rather than the kind that comes in a tub.
  • Powdered sugar – Also known as confectioners’ sugar
  • Bananas
  • Crushed pineapple – Drain this well to keep your banana split cake from getting soupy!

The Topping:

  • Frozen whipped topping – Also known as Cool Whip! Don’t swap this for whipped cream; Cool Whip has added ingredients to stabilize it so it will last longer in the fridge.
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Chopped peanuts, walnuts, or pecans
  • Chocolate sauce
steps to make banana split cake

How To Make Banana Split Cake

  • 1. Prepare: Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray to keep the crust from sticking.
  • 2. Make the Crust: Combine the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted butter in a medium bowl and stir to incorporate. Transfer the crust mixture to the prepared pan and use your hands to press the crumbs into the bottom, forming an even layer. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  • 3. Make the Creamy Filling: Beat the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar at medium speed until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • 4. Assemble: Spread the cream cheese mixture over the graham cracker crust, then layer on the pineapples, followed by the bananas and whipped topping.
  • 5. Chill: Refrigerate the banana split cake for at least 2 hours before serving, or until it has set.
  • 6. Serve: Before serving, sprinkle the cake with chopped nuts and drizzle it with chocolate sauce. Slice the cake into squares and serve each with a maraschino cherry.
square slice serving of banana split cake served on a white round plate with a silver fork

How To Store Banana Split Cake

Refrigerate the banana split cake wrapped in the pan, or transfer any leftovers to an airtight container. It will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days, or it can be frozen for up to 2 months. If you freeze it, let it thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

square slice serving of banana split cake served on a white round plate with a forkful of the cake

FAQs

What is the recipe for banana split cake?

Scroll down to find my banana split cake recipe! Everyone has their own unique take on a classic banana split cake, but mine features a graham cracker crust layered with a creamy cheese filling, pineapple, bananas, Cool Whip, and a variety of sundae toppings.

Why is it called a banana split?

Banana splits get their name from the fact that the bananas are split lengthwise before topping them with scoops of ice cream!

Can you freeze banana split cake?

Yes, you can freeze your banana split cake. Be sure to wrap it well and it will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.

servings of banana split cake sitting in a baking dish

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Banana Split Cake

Banana split cake has everything you love about the favorite frozen treat, all served up in the form of a creamy chilled cake!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients  

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups graham crackers crushed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted

For the Filling:

  • 2 8-oz packages of cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 bananas sliced
  • 1 15-oz can of crushed pineapple drained

For the Topping:

  • 1 16-oz container of frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 1 16-oz jar of maraschino cherries drained
  • 12 ounces chopped peanuts or walnuts
  • chocolate sauce

Instructions 

  • Spray a 9×13 inch dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • To make the crust, mix the crushed graham crackers, granulated sugar, and melted butter until well-combined.
  • Press the mixture into a 9×13-inch cake pan and freeze for 30 minutes.
  • For the filling, beat together the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar at medium speed until smooth. Pour and spread over the chilled crust.
  • Top with a layer or pineapples, followed by bananas.
  • Spread the whipped cream evenly over the top.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
  • Before serving, sprinkle with chopped nuts, drizzle with chocolate sauce. Then top each individual serving with a maraschino cherry.

Nutrition

Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

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