15 Amazing Banana Split Cake Recipes

When it comes to great desserts, it really doesn’t get much better than a banana split cake. As a child, this was always one of our favorite cakes to eat, and it is a fun recipe to recreate as an adult.

So many people have family recipes of banana split cakes that have been passed down through generations from their great grandparents, and the recipes included in this article often highlight this. 

If you are looking to make the best banana split cake, then you have come to the right place! In this article, we will be chatting you through 15 amazing banana split cake recipes you need to try.

We have recreated all of these recipes ourselves, and can confirm that they taste fantastic. 

1. Southern Style Banana Split Cake

Southern Style Banana Split Cake
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If you are looking for a classic, southern style banana split cake to bake, this is the perfect option to consider. It takes two hours when you combine the cooking and prepping times in total. It can serve a total of 12 people, which is reasonably good.

The ingredients needed are not too difficult to find, and contain things such as crushed pineapple, maraschino cherries, graham cracker crumbs, peanuts, cream cheese and butter. The cake is full of flavor, and the recipe is easy to follow. While this recipe is quite high in sugar and fat (it is smothered in whipped cream, after all), it is definitely worth having a slice or two as a treat!

2. Banana Split Cake

This banana split cake tastes absolutely incredible, and this is a recipe we have followed many times. This cake tastes exactly like a banana split ice cream, and it melts in the mouth.

Banana in a cake always tastes great, and this recipe is no exception to this. It is surprisingly easy to make too, which is fantastic if you are someone that is not overly skilled in the kitchen.

This recipe contains the perfect amount of banana, pudding, and cake. It’s gooey, and resembles a cheesecake with the pudding layer and graham cracker crust. The cool whipped cream on the top of the cake tastes delicious and adds a good amount of sweetness to the cake, not to mention the delicious decorative chocolate syrup drizzle. 

3. No Bake Banana Split Cake

This is a great banana split cake for those who are looking for an easy recipe to follow. As it requires no baking, you don’t need to be skilled to follow this recipe. The cheesecake filling is fantastic, and the graham cracker crust is our personal favorite.

This recipe features all the classic ingredients of a banana split cake, from the sliced bananas and crushed pineapple, to the whipped topping top off the cake. What we love about this recipe is that it features pecan nuts rather than peanuts. 

While you can choose to top the cake with peanuts if you prefer, the pecan nuts are a nice change to have, and they bring a different overall flavor to the recipe. They also work extremely well with bananas. Alternatively, sprinkle the top with graham cracker crumbs!

4. No-Bake Banana Split Cake

This is another recipe that you don’t need to bake, which is great if you need a quick dessert option and don’t have the time to wait around for it to cook and cool before decorating. This recipe went down particularly well at a dinner party we hosted, and everyone loved the classic blend of flavors it features.

The maraschino cherries on top of the split cake are fantastic, and work well with the banana base. This cake really melts in the mouth, and you will definitely want to have more than one slice! 

For those with an intolerance to dairy, opt for a non-dairy cool whip topping.

5. Banana Split Cake

This banana split cake recipe is reminiscent of childhood. While it is very similar to the other recipes featured, there are some differences. This recipe features vanilla, and while this may not seem like a dealbreaker to include, it makes a significant amount of difference. It enhances and elevates the overall flavor of the cake. 

The nut toppings are only optional with the recipe which is great because not everyone enjoys peanuts or pecans on the top of a banana cake. The maraschino cherries are cut in halves before they are placed on the top of this cake.

The recipe itself is straightforward and easy to understand. It serves 12 people in total, and it takes two hours in total from preparation to serving. 

6. Banana Split Cake

This is another brilliant banana split cake recipe to recreate, and it tastes exactly like the classic dessert we all know and love. The recipe is detailed and clear to understand, which is important when it comes to baking.

What makes this recipe interesting is that it features whole cherries including their stalks on the top of the cake. The inside of the cake is soft and gooey, which compliments the crunchiness of the base well. Make sure to properly freeze the graham cracker crust and melted butter mixture before adding the filling.

7. Banana Split Cake

This banana split cake recipe is ideal if you enjoy chocolate. All the recipes featured so far involve a classic take on this cake. However, this recipe has a dark chocolate ganache and vanilla buttercream. 

These flavors work extremely well together and compliment each other, and they also work well with the cherry and bananas too. It really is the perfect combination!

The way this cake is layered is slightly different to the other cakes in this article too, and we love the drips of chocolate running down the cake, it looks aesthetically pleasing!

8. No-Bake Banana Split Cake

Technically speaking a banana split cake is more of a pudding than a cake, which this recipe really embodies. This is a great recipe to consider that is easy to follow and doesn’t overcomplicate the instructions. The fruit filling is fantastic, and this is an easy recipe to replicate. What a spin on the classic banana split at a BBQ – especially with the decorative cream cheese layer.

9. Banana Split Layer Cake Recipe

This is a great recipe to follow if you want to create a cake, rather than a pudding. It features vanilla buttercream to top the cake, and it also has a good amount of chocolate on the top of the cake too. This can be dripped down the side of the cake to create an interesting design. 

The cake itself is delicious and fluffy, and the banana works well with the flavor, especially when mixed with the buttercream. This cake does take more time to make in comparison to the other options featured, but it’s worth it!

10. Banana Split “Cake”

Banana Split “Cake”
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This is a great recipe to recreate, and it is a lot simpler in its flavors compared to the other options featured. As a result, it is a great option for those who are not overly fond of too many flavors. 

While the preparation of this cake only takes 15 minutes, it does need 5 hours and 15 minutes to chill and set, which is worth taking into consideration. If you need a recipe to cook in a short period, it may not be the best option to consider.

11. Banana Split Cake

This is another fantastic twist on the classic banana split cake. What we love about this recipe is that again, it features pecan nuts rather than peanuts, making it a great alternative to consider if you are not a fan of peanuts. The flavors work well together and this is a straightforward recipe to follow. 

12. Banana Split Cake

This recipe is similar to the other options we have featured. It is easy to make, and is a popular choice because of this. The cake always tastes fantastic once you have followed this recipe correctly. 

The preparation time is 1 hour and 15 minutes, and the cooking time is only 8 minutes, which is minimal. It serves 15 to 20 people, making it the perfect option to consider for a party or event. 

13. Banana Split Cake

If you are looking for a classic banana split cake recipe, then it doesn’t get much better than this option. Even the way it is served in the aluminum tray is reminiscent of childhood parties. 

We love how simple this cake is and how delicious it tastes. It’s mouth wateringly good, and the crushed pineapple, bananas, and cherries really is the perfect combination of flavors to feature.

14. No Bake Banana Split Dessert

This is the perfect recipe to recreate and follow, especially in the summer months. It features strawberries rather than cherries, which is a great alternative for those who are not overly fond of cherries.

The strawberries and bananas work perfectly together, and with the chocolate sauce drizzled over the top, this dessert really is a winner!

15. Banana Split Dessert

Last, but certainly not least we have this brilliant recipe. It is easy to follow, and is similar to the majority of the other recipes featured. However, it also features walnuts which is a great alternative to peanuts and pecans if you are not as fond of them.


We hope you have found this article useful. As you can see, there are many incredible banana split cake recipes you can try out. These are all fairly easy to recreate, and most importantly, they taste delicious too. 

We love that while each recipe is similar, they all have their own slight differences that make them unique and interesting to bake. Which recipe will you try first?

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Kathryn Sewell

Hi! I'm Kate and I have been baking and cooking for as long as I can remember. I like to share the most interesting tips and recipes I try here on What Kate Baked for you to enjoy. If you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share send it over on social.

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