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Banana Splits are one of my favorite classic American desserts. This easy no-bake Banana Split Cake with its’ vanilla wafer crust is perfect for a fun summer treat. This sweet dish makes enough to feed a crowd, so it’s perfect for summer potlucks and family gatherings. 

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No-Bake Banana Split Cake

no bake banana split cake

This cake is almost as simple as spreading everything into a cake pan and freezing it. It’s so easy to make and refreshing on a hot summer day.

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What is in a Banana Split?

Banana takes center stage in a banana split, but other flavors are just as important in a banana split. Typically, strawberry ice cream, vanilla, and chocolate ice cream are fixed on top of a banana in a banana split. The dessert is sometimes topped with nuts, pineapple topping, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry.

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Tips and Tricks for making a banana split cake…

  • Allow plenty of time for freezing this dessert. Making it in the morning or the day before is a great idea
  • Have toppings ready for your frozen cake, like pineapple ice cream topping, chocolate sauce, nuts, whipped cream, and cherries
  • If you don’t have vanilla wafers, you can substitute graham crackers
  • Use a large pan like a 13×9 inch deep dish
  • Cover this cake when storing in the freezer to avoid freezer burn
  • This banana split cake will last for up to two weeks

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banana split cake recipe

Here’s the printable recipe for you…


Banana Split Cake {No-Bake!} | Kid Friendly Things To Do

An easy-to-make No-Bake Banana Split Cake that’s the perfect summertime treat.

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: none
  • Total Time: 7 hours
  • Yield: 10-12 servings 1x


  • 1 package (12 oz.) of vanilla wafers
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 48 oz. chocolate chip ice cream – softened
  • 24 large bananas ripe – not over-ripened
  • 1 bottle of Hershey’s syrup – the exact amount will vary
  •  48 oz. strawberry ice cream – softened
  • optional toppings – whipped cream, maraschino cherries, chocolate syrup, pineapple topping, chopped walnuts, sprinkles


  • Crush vanilla wafers and pour them into a large bowl
  • Add melted butter and sugar – mix well
  • Press the mixture into a 13×9 baking dish and spread out
  • Freeze the crust for 15 minutes
  • Spread the chocolate chip ice cream over the crust
  • Squeeze some of the syrup over the ice cream – covering it completely
  • Add sliced bananas – you can use as little or as much as you want. I only used 2 bananas, because I knew some of my family would prefer this cake without them
  • Cover banana slices with more chocolate syrup
  • Cover and freeze for 30 minutes
  • Spread softened strawberry ice cream over the top and freeze – covered –  for at least 6 hours
  • Remove the cake for about 10 minutes before serving so it can soften up
  • Serve with optional toppings


Storing – store this cake – covered – in the freezer for up to 2 weeks

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  1. Nina Paul

    Hi! Thanks for sharing this great cake recipe. I tried this last weekend for my guests & they loved it.

    1. Melissa

      I’m so glad it was a hit. That makes me so happy!