Banana Split Cake

This is a fun, eye-pleasing cake that incorporates the classic flavors of a banana split. It can be served on its own but is best served "a la mode" with vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ice cream. It has layers of banana cake with a center layer of chocolate fudge frosting, sliced bananas and sliced strawberries. Then the top of the cake is finished with strawberry frosting and arranged, sliced strawberries. I think the embellishment of fresh fruit gives the cake a homemade appearance. No need to tell anyone you used a cake mix and prepared frosting! (Note: If you can't find banana cake mix, substitute with yellow cake mix, reduce water to 1 cup and add one extra mashed banana). Enjoy!

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ingredients

  • 1 (18 ounce) box banana cake mix (Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Banana Supreme)
  • 1 13 cups water
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (16 ounce) container chocolate frosting (Duncan Hines Creamy Home Style Classic Chocolate Fudge)
  • 1 (16 ounce) container strawberry frosting (Duncan Hines Creamy Home Style Strawberries N' Cream)
  • 1 quart strawberry, hulled, thinly sliced
  • 4 bananas, large, thinly sliced

directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare three 9-inch round cake pans by coating with cooking spray and dusting with flour.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, water, mashed banana and eggs. Beat with an electric mixer until well combined. Pour cake batter evenly into the prepared cake pans.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers of each cake comes out clean. Cool cakes on a wire rack until completely cooled. Turn cakes out. With a wide knife, slice off rounded tops of cakes until top surfaces are flat.
  • Slice bananas and hull/slice strawberries; set aside. I always reserve three large strawberries, slice them into fans and set them aside for garnishing.
  • Place first cake layer on serving plate/pedestal. Spread generously with chocolate frosting to 1/4-inch from the outside edge of the cake. Arrange a thin layer of sliced strawberries and then bananas atop the frosting. Place second cake layer atop these layers and repeat once more.
  • Place third cake layer on top. Spread top of cake only (not down sides of cake) with a generous layer of strawberry frosting. Then arrange sliced strawberries in the pattern of your choice atop frosting. I like to make three strawberry fans and arrange them in the center of the cake with circles of overlapping strawberries radiating outward.
  • Slice and serve with a scoop of the ice cream of your choice. Refrigerate until ready to serve, and store left-overs in refrigerator for up to 24 hours. If you plan to store longer, please note the strawberries and banana slices may soften or discolor.
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"This is a fun, eye-pleasing cake that incorporates the classic flavors of a banana split. It can be served on its own but is best served "a la mode" with vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ice cream. It has layers of banana cake with a center layer of chocolate fudge frosting, sliced bananas and sliced strawberries. Then the top of the cake is finished with strawberry frosting and arranged, sliced strawberries. I think the embellishment of fresh fruit gives the cake a homemade appearance. No need to tell anyone you used a cake mix and prepared frosting! (Note: If you can't find banana cake mix, substitute with yellow cake mix, reduce water to 1 cup and add one extra mashed banana). Enjoy!"
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  1. MarthaStewartWanabe
    This is a fun, eye-pleasing cake that incorporates the classic flavors of a banana split. It can be served on its own but is best served "a la mode" with vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ice cream. It has layers of banana cake with a center layer of chocolate fudge frosting, sliced bananas and sliced strawberries. Then the top of the cake is finished with strawberry frosting and arranged, sliced strawberries. I think the embellishment of fresh fruit gives the cake a homemade appearance. No need to tell anyone you used a cake mix and prepared frosting! (Note: If you can't find banana cake mix, substitute with yellow cake mix, reduce water to 1 cup and add one extra mashed banana). Enjoy!
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