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Banana Split Icebox Cake

Easy no-bake icebox cake featuring everything you enjoy about a banana split!
4.9 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Banana Split Icebox Cake - an old fashioned dessert with layers of whipped cream, banana, strawberries, and pineapple. https://www.lanascooking.com/banana-split-icebox-cake

This Banana Split Icebox Cake is a summer favorite. Layers of your favorite banana split flavors in an easy, no-bake dessert make it perfect for cookouts and celebrations. 

You know about “icebox cakes,” right? Old-fashioned, no bake desserts that have been around for decades. They’re layers and layers of crispy cookies with either pudding or whipped cream and sometimes fruit.

Banana Split Icebox Cake - an old fashioned dessert with layers of whipped cream, banana, strawberries, and pineapple. https://www.lanascooking.com/banana-split-icebox-cake

You layer it all up, put it in the “icebox” overnight and the crispy cookies turn into moist cake-like layers. Yum.

One of the most popular posts I’ve ever published is my Strawberry Icebox Cake. And no wonder! What’s not to like about strawberries, whipped cream, and chocolate?

So, I was thinking about that recipe a few days ago and whether I could do something a little different with it when the thought of a banana split popped into my head with this recipe following immediately behind.

It’s very similar but instead of all strawberries, it also has layers of banana and pineapple and is finished with chopped salted peanuts, maraschino cherries (of course! what’s a banana split without a cherry on top?), and both chocolate and caramel ice cream toppings.

Hope you enjoy this easy, no bake Banana Split Icebox Cake as much as we do. It’s a winner!

How to Make Banana Split Icebox Cake

Strawberries for Banana Split Icebox Cake

Combine the sliced fresh strawberries with one tablespoon sugar and toss gently to combine. Allow the strawberries to sit for about 15 minutes.

While the strawberries sit, prepare the whipped cream. Beat the heavy cream with a whisk or an electric mixer until it reaches the soft peak stage. Add the remaining sugar and the vanilla and beat just until combined.

Banana layer for Banana Split Icebox Cake

Assemble the cake in a 9×5 loaf pan or on a platter or serving dish. Make layers in this order: Layer 1 – Place a small amount of the whipped cream on the bottom of the pan and top with three graham crackers; Top the graham crackers with the sliced banana. Top the bananas with 1/3 of the whipped cream.

Graham crackers layered for Banana Split Icebox Cake

Layer 2 – Three graham crackers, the sweetened, sliced strawberries, and 1/3 of the whipped cream.

Completed layers for Banana Split Icebox Cake

Layer 3 – Three graham crackers, the lightly drained pineapple and the remaining 1/3 of the whipped cream.

Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, top with the chopped salted peanuts, caramel and chocolate ice cream toppings, and maraschino cherries.

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Banana Split Icebox Cake

Easy no-bake icebox cake featuring everything you enjoy about a banana split!
4.86 from 7 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 357kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3 tblsp. sugar divided
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 9 graham crackers
  • 1 ripe banana sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed pineapple lightly drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/4 cup chocolate ice cream topping
  • 12-15 maraschino cherries

Instructions

  • Combine the sliced fresh strawberries with one tablespoon sugar and toss gently to combine. Allow the strawberries to sit for about 15 minutes.
  • While the strawberries sit, prepare the whipped cream. Beat the heavy cream with an electric mixer until it reaches the soft peak stage.
  • Add the remaining sugar and the vanilla and beat just until combined.

Assemble the cake in a 9×5 loaf pan or on a platter or serving dish. Make layers in this order:

  • Layer 1 – Place a small amount of the whipped cream on the bottom of the pan and top with three graham crackers; Top the graham crackers with the sliced banana. Top the bananas with 1/3 of the whipped cream.
  • Layer 2 – Three graham crackers, the sweetened, sliced strawberries, and 1/3 of the whipped cream.
  • Layer 3 – Three graham crackers, the lightly drained pineapple and the remaining 1/3 of the whipped cream.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • When ready to serve, top with the chopped salted peanuts, caramel and chocolate ice cream toppings, and maraschino cherries.

Notes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 148mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. In your icebox Banana split cake, I like it because you don’t have to use raw eggs, like in the traditional Banana split cake. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ice box pies were my favorite as a kid. I would always open the fridge and steal a few bites. I couldn’t resist! I love the banana split version.

  3. This cake look like it could turn any occasion into a party. How fun and colorful. I’m loving all the delicious layers. Pinning and hope to make this one day soon. Thanks, Lana.

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever had an icebox cake but after seeing this one, I definitely want to try! They sound delicious and this one looks like a fun one to start with. :)

  5. What a delicious and easy dessert! This is one of those recipes that the entire family will love!

  6. I have a feeling that the next time your grandkids come to visit, they are going to be begging for this cake. It looks wonderful, Lana!

  7. Gosh;, what a delicious looking dessert. Never had an Ice-box cake before. Shall make this for the family at Easter and surprise them.
    Thank you.
    Deirdre

  8. I could totally go with a slice of that right now with my cappuccino. It has bananas so it totally would work for breakfast yeah ; )

  9. Well, I’m officially craving this sweet goodness! Yowzer… I’m definitely pinning this to my “Recipes to try” board. #nomnomnom

  10. Mmm that sounds amazing! I’ve never made an icebox cake before but they sound delicious…will have to try it!

  11. I haven’t made an ice box cake in years! Your banana split version looks terrific—it would be perfect for Memorial Day!