A Cake To Warm Any Heart – Banana Split Cake

Who needs pumpkin pie when you can have banana split cake? Okay, okay, we NEED pumpkin pie still….well, at least my family does!

Last Friday my heart was feeling some sadness, I was trying to think of a perfect pick-me -up.  Then it came to me, Banana Split Cake!  Growing up, I remember always asking my Mom to make this cake.  It was always the same thing, Mom: “what should I make for so and so’s event,” Me: “Banana Split Cake!”

I mean seriously, who can resist this?  Warning – There are no healthy items in here at all, AND I am totally okay with that. 🙂

I have to say, my heart is still sad, but the cake did make me feel a wee bit better!  About 18 years ago I found the sweetest kitten, and a funny story, but we named him Paco!

After an unfortunate complication, a week ago he went home to the spirits.  He was with me 18 years, basically… half of my life.  I actually adopted him about eight months before I started dating my husband.  So like my husband said, he predates him!

My home feels lonely, and empty at times.  He was my companion, my best friend, and someone who came and took care of me when I was sick, sad, or lonely.  We were blessed to have him in our lives!  So this week I will be making cake to celebrate his amazing 18 years with us.  I hope you will come and join in the fun celebration virtually!  Paco loved people, and was gentle to kids and other animals.

Okay no more sadness, only happiness…does this help?

I thought it would!

Here is the fun recipe! I already have fun ideas to change it up, so have fun and be creative with the recipe:-)

Yields 15

Banana Split Cake

A decadent dessert for anytime of the year! Also called the "Splurge Cake!"

20 minsPrep Time

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2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 1/4 sticks butter, melted
2 cups powdered sugar
2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 large can crushed pineapple, drained
4 bananas, sliced
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
Chocolate syrup


Grease a 9x13 pan.

Mix together graham cracker crust and 1 1/4 sticks of butter. Press out in pan.

In mixer, mix together powdered sugar, 2 sticks of butter, vanilla, and eggs. Pour on top of graham cracker crust.

Spread out crushed pineapple on top of sugar mixture, then add sliced bananas. I added cherries next for fun.

In mixer, add heavy cream and mix on medium high until soft peak. When almost completed, add 1/2 cup sugar. Spread whipped cream over top of bananas. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, (I waited 1 hours and it was fine.)



It may serve more then 15, we cut it in larger pieces.


Seriously the best cake, AND really no guilt involved!

What is your favorite extremely unhealthy dessert/treat/meal?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

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  • Baker Street
    Woah! I agree no pumpkin pie as long as you promise to send me half of that cake! It looks fabulous terra! 
  • So sorry to hear about Paco my dear, but I think this cake will make him happy from the skies!
  • So sorry about Paco :( This cake is definitely heavenly though. I love how you made this the next recipe AFTER the gluten free one!
  • ahhh losing a pet is so hard. i'm so sorry to hear. :T hugs. ps - the cake looks perfectly indulgent!
  • Oh Terra I have many favorite unhealthy dishes! ;) So so sorry about Paco. {{hugs}}
  • Oh, no!!! I feel so very sad for you!! I know how much you love your furry ones. And Paco was such a beautiful boy.  Take care of yourself; I know just how you feel. And your beautiful cake is a fitting tribute.
  • Nikki
    I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. Paco was so lucky to have a warm, loving home and at the same time, you were so lucky to be able to share your life with him. I'll be thinking of you and Paco when I snuggle my own kits tonight. PS - amazing cake  :)
  • I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, but I have no doubt Paco is in a good place!  We have been fostering (outside since I am allergic) a stray (we think pregnant cat) for a few weeks now.  She is the sweetest kitty, but I really can't keep her due to my allergies.  Fortunately my son's friend's grandma has a couple of cats already and says she would love to take her home, plus she knows a kitten rescue lady who can take the kittens :-)  Lovely cake and I hope it helps at least a little :-) xoxoxo
  • I can give away my share of pumpkin pie (not a big fan anyhow) for a big slice of your cake! YUM! so sorry to hear about Paco :( Happy Thanksgiving Terra!
  • Im so sorry to hear about your loss...  but definitely this banana split cake should lift  you up.  I would get this anytime over pumpkin pie.. yep i would! happy thanksgiving terra. so  grateful to have met you albeit virtually!
  • great treat and so so sorry about the loss of your cat big hugs and a very happy thanksgiving my friend
  • Oh, Terra, I'm so, so sorry to hear about your sweet Paco. Our furry friends weave their way into our hearts...and l can only imagine your sadness with his passing. I'm glad you had something delicious ease your pain...what a fabulous dessert! xoxo