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Subject: Looking for a recipe for Banans Split "cake"
Date Posted: 6/15/2008 2:50 AM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2005
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My aunt's neighbor brought one for my family when my grandpa passed away (gosh, it's only been 3 weeks!).  I've found so many variations online, but none seem to be the right one. 

It had pudding, pineapples, cool whip, banana (of course).  I don't remember if the bottom layer was cake or nilla wafers (I've seen both listed for the ingredients).  I don't think it had strawberries (but I'd add them since that's my favorite part of the banana split)

I forgot to ask the neighbor when we were at my aunts house (they were getting ready to leave on vacation to see their new grandbaby).

My aunt told him the dessert was a HIT (everyone else seemed to bring nothing but ham sandwiches).  He said it was an old recipe, it was so old that it says to "use margarine...NOT butter" 

Date Posted: 6/15/2008 8:12 AM ET
Member Since: 12/20/2005
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Melissa, below is a link to All Recipes.com.  They had several banana split recipes to choose from.  Hope it helps.



Date Posted: 6/26/2008 9:38 PM ET
Member Since: 4/15/2008
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My mom gave me this recipe a while back.  I hope you like it!

1st Layer

2 C. flour                                                      Mix brown sugar with flour.  Cut in butter.  Measure 1 C. of mixture &       

2 sticks butter                                             spread on a cookie sheet.  Spread rest of mixture in a 15x17 baking

1/2 C. brown sugar                                   pan.  Bake @ 325 for 15 min.  Cool

1 C. pecans

2nd Layer

8 oz. cream cheese                                  Mix & spread on 1st layer.

1 stick butter

1 box powdered sugar

3rd Layer

4 or 5 bananas, sliced thin.

4th Layer

1 Large Can crushed pineapple

5th Layer

1 large carton Cool Whip

6th Layer

Pecan crumb mixture

maraschino cherries (halved)   I'm sure you could use strawberries to replace anything or add to in any of the fruit layers.

Sprinkle pecan mixture and cherries over top of Cool Whip.  Chill well before serving.

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 12:43 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2007
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This is the same one my mom always used and it always got amazing compliments. I agree to use Margarine also

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 stick of melted butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 6 bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 jar of marachino cherries (drained)
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Combine cracker crumbs and melted butter or margarine thoroughly and press into bottom of 9x12 inch baking pan. Chill in freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  2. In the medium bowl of an electric mixer combine confectioners sugar, eggs, and softened margarine; beat at medium speed for 20 minutes. (This step is important, so don't try to save time).
  3. Spread buttercream mixture evenly over chilled crust. Place bananas, cut side down, evenly on top of buttercream and spoon crushed pineapple evenly over top of bananas.  spread the whipped topping evenly all over. Sprinkle with cherries and walnuts and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight before serving.

Last Edited on: 6/27/08 12:44 PM ET - Total times edited: 1