Banana Split Cake Recipe

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Banana Split Cake Recipe with layers of strawberry, vanilla and chocolate cake that looks like real ice cream is dripping on top. Yum!

Speaking of cakes that are stunning to look at, and taste even better, I have a couple of other suggestions to add to your recipe arsenal. Take a look at this mind-blowing Spiced Rum Bacon and Chocolate Cake. Trust me. You want to eat this. Do you know what else you want to eat? Rainbow Surprise Cake, that’s what.

Warning: You’re about to fall in love with this multi-flavor, multi-layered ice cream cake. Does it have ice cream in it? Nope. But the photos reveal why it’s called ice cream cake. Also try our No-Bake Banana Split Cake.

Banana Split Cake Recipe

Once you get your mind around an ice cream cake without using any ice cream at all, you’ll adore this cake. It looks like a big Neapolitan ice cream treat because of the colors, the chocolate ganache “dripping” down the side of the cake, and the fluffy white frosting topped with Maraschino cherries.

Even though it’s already sweet and delicious, if you add a scoop of ice cream on top I won’t tell if you won’t.

Ingredients You Will Need:

(full amounts in recipe box below)

  • Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Strawberry Cake Mix
  • Vanilla Cake Mix
  • Eggs, Oil, Water
  • Bananas
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Heavy Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Maraschino Cherries

Supplies You Will Need:

Banana Split Cake with layers of strawberry, vanilla and chocolate cake that looks like real ice cream is dripping on top. Yum!

How To Make A Banana Split Cake

  1. Make cake layers according to package directions.
  2. Combing frosting ingredients.
  3. Layer banana slices and frosting in between the strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla cake layers.
  4. Frosting the outside of the cake.
  5. Decorate with rainbow sprinkles, chopped peanuts and maraschino cherries.
assembling cake

Steaming the Whipping Cream

For this recipe, you’ll want to heat up the whipping cream until it’s steaming. I can’t stress enough not to turn the heat on low and walk away, thinking you’ll multi-task. Trust me when I tell you that you’re likely to wind up with a mess that’s so burnt onto your pan, you’ll want to throw the entire pan away.

And the smell. Oh gosh, you guys. If you’ve ever let a dairy product like milk or cream burn, you know it has a smell that is so unpleasant it could scare away burglars if you could bottle the scent.

It’s called scorching and it’s the worst.

Go slow, use the heck out of a wooden spoon, and don’t walk away to check on the laundry. In other words, don’t be like me.

Neapolitan Cake

How to Know If The Cake Really Done

The toothpick test is what most people do, right? I do it sometimes, but there are other ways that I think are as good as, or even better than the toothpick method of doneness.

Gentle touch in the center of the cake. When you press (lightly) in the center of a cake, it should feel firm and a little springy. If it sticks to your finger, or it doesn’t have any “give” to it, it’s not quite done.

The sides of the cake pull away from the pan. You want to catch it when the cake is only beginning to pull away from the sides. Don’t let it stay in the over beyond that or you might wind up with crunchy cake edges.

Take the cake’s temp. Yep. Put a baking thermometer in the cake to see if it’s reached 210F. I’ve never gone this far, but I can see doing it this way if you have a thick cake that you’re really not sure about.

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Banana Split Cake
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Banana Split Cake Recipe

Banana Split Cake is made with layers of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate cake, and it looks like real ice cream is dripping on top. Yum!
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 55 mins



    Cake ingredients

    • 1 Box Triple chocolate cake mix
    • 1 Box Strawberry cake mix
    • 1 Box French Vanilla cake mix
    • eggs (use according to box directions)
    • oil (use according to box directions)
    • water (use according to box directions)
    • 2 Bananas sliced

    Vanilla Frosting

    • 3 cups unsalted Butter softened
    • 6 cups powdered sugar
    • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
    • 5-7 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

    Chocolate ganache

    • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
    • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream


    • Maraschino Cherries



    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray the cake pans with pam baking spray.
    • Following the directions on the back of the cake boxes, make your cake batters.
    • Fill 1 cake pan 3/4 way full with one flavor batter for each pan.
    • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    • Allow to cool on the counter completely.

    Frosting Directions

    • Using a standing mixer, beat all frosting ingredients together until combined and smooth and stiff peaks.
    • Scoop 1 1/2 cups frosting into the piping bag and set aside.


    • Remove cakes from the pans and use the cake leveler to remove the dome tops.
    • Place the strawberry layer onto the cake board. Add a layer of slice bananas and scoop 1 1/2 cups of frosting onto the top of the cake and smooth evenly with the angled spatula.
    • Place the chocolate cake layer and add another layer of sliced bananas. Scoop another 1 1/2 cups frosting onto the top of the chocolate layer and smooth evenly.
    • Place the vanilla cake layer on top of the second layer of frosting.
    • Using the remaining frosting, frost entire cake.
    • Cover the bottom of the cake with the sprinkles.

    Chocolate ganache directions

    • Using a small pot, heat up the heavy whipping cream until steaming.
    • While heavy whipping cream is heating up, place chocolate chips into a heat-proof bowl.
    • Once the heavy whipping cream is heated, pour over the chocolate chips.
    • Allow to sit for 1 minute before whisking until smooth.
    • Pour ganache into the squeeze bottle.
    • Pipe drips of the ganache around the edge of the cake and fill in the top middle of the cake with ganache.
    • place the cake into the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the ganache to harden.
    • Once hardened, remove from fridge, pipe dollops of frosting onto the top of the cake.
    • Sprinkle some chopped peanuts.
    • Top the frosting dollops with cherries.


    Calories: 1331kcal | Carbohydrates: 168g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 72g | Saturated Fat: 42g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 854mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 120g | Vitamin A: 1754IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 259mg | Iron: 5mg


    Banana Split Cake with layers of strawberry, vanilla and chocolate cake that looks like real ice cream is dripping on top. Yum!

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    10 comments on “Banana Split Cake Recipe”

    1. I made banana splits at a small mall restaurant with strawberries in the that flavor syrup on that flavor ice cream, and pineapple pieces in that flavor syrup on the vanilla ice cream. Since my husband and I do not like bananas. I’m going to put strawberry slices and pineapple rings or chunks between the layers.
      Can’t wait to try it on Sunday.

    2. Sounds good… But rename it neapolitan . I  see I’m not the only one that was confused and  rereading the recipe many times looking for the banana. 

    3. 5 stars
      I made this for my son’s first birthday smash cake. I added banana extract to the vanilla cake (and strawberry extract to another vanilla bc I couldn’t find strawberry boxed cake where I live .. Canada?!). It was easy and so beautiful. Thank you!

    4. Where are the bananas????? I might add them in between layers or perhaps on the dollops if whipped cream???? In any case, I need to make this!!!!

      1. The bananas are in between the layers. Adding sliced bananas on top is also a great idea!

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