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Banana Split Icebox Cake Recipe

Banana Split Icebox Cake Recipe

One day a friend showed me how to make a traditional icebox cake with just cream and graham crackers. I make it extra special with the fruit. Now everyone at your potluck can have a banana split, no muss, no fuss! —Shelly Flye, Albion, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 24 whole graham crackers
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • Toppings: chocolate syrup, halved fresh strawberries and additional banana slices


  • 1. In a large bowl, mix whipped topping, sour cream and pudding mix until blended; fold in pineapple. Cut a small hole in the tip of a pastry bag or in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag. Transfer pudding mixture to bag.
  • 2. On a flat serving plate, arrange four crackers in a rectangle. Pipe about 1 cup pudding mixture over crackers; top with about 1/4 cup banana slices. Repeat layers five times. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • 3. Just before serving, top with chocolate syrup, strawberries and additional banana slices. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 405 calories, 15g fat (11g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 372mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 260849
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017

"Banana splits is my husbands favorite treat. My family loved this desert. I personally thought it was pretty good (4 stars), but I'm more of a cookie person and don't normally go for these types of desserts. However, my family raved and it was easy to make, so I'll be making this again. I used coconut instant pudding instead of vanilla which was tasty. I also ended up using a lot more bananas than the recipe called for. I made this in 9x9 foil disposable pan which allowed me to make 3 layers and I used a total of 5 bananas to cover all the layers and top my cake."

hejcs01 User ID: 2451705 117802
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2014

"Show stopping dessert at parties!"

dmileur User ID: 1633493 117793
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2014

"so good and really really easy. thank you so much"

jillknit User ID: 902626 133075
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"Made it using chocolate grahams crackers (can never have to much chocolate!) and was awesome!"

moonbeam36 User ID: 7841760 184624
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"It is wonderful. Serve it first, because you will have finished your meal. Have you heard " Eat dessert first:Life is short. moonbeam36"

lostgrl85 User ID: 5667346 111758
Reviewed May. 11, 2014

"I made this for my family and it was a huge hit. Everyone loved it and a couple of them even wanted seconds. It is a very nice alternative to baking something when it is hot outside. I followed the recipe exactly and it was very easy to put together. I will definitely be making this again."

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 150443
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2013

"I made this for my office potluck for pre-labor day and it was devoured in no time! It is very easy to make also!"

footballmomnva User ID: 7261655 117792
Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"Great recipe and is very similar to the Ice Box cake recipe that we have used for years at Christmas with chocolate wafers instead of graham crackers! So happy to have found this one to use for the summer months."

croberts User ID: 2123892 193660
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

"Love this recipe anytime of year, very easy to prepare in under 30 minutes except refrigeration time. Very yummy, lots of compliments!"

ilka896 User ID: 6549264 192159
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"Very delicious but have to eat fast because it gets really dry fast"

dlynch220 User ID: 6714168 150442
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"Made this for July 4th and it was a huge hit. I went a couple steps beyond. After adding the chocolate syrup, strawberries and bananas, I topped it off with whipped cream, nuts and maraschino cherries to give it that authentic look!!!!"

JoAnnHono User ID: 2669064 195310
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2012

"I have made this twice this summer and both times got rave reviews. For ease of transporting, I made in a 9x13 pan."

snapshotie48 User ID: 6744733 179414
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2012

"Yummy! But I made it in a 9x30 I will add a few more graham crackers and less chocolate syrup. I also added fresh blueberries for the 4th of July look!"

Sharantyra User ID: 6704568 111757
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"This was a super easy dessert that my whole family loved."

WranchLife User ID: 6691166 184623
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2012

"This was AWESOME! I took it to a pot luck and everyone raved over it. Most thought it was difficult to put together, but it is pretty easy. I substituted plain greek yogurt for the sourcream. I also put strawberries as well as the bananas between each layer. This made it into my recipe box for sure!!"

sddaughhetee User ID: 4838858 117754
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"I made this for Fathers Day and it turned out great. Presentation was impressive. It sliced very easy after sitting in refrigerator for about 5 hours."

clschied User ID: 6740595 195309
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2012

"Delicious dessert!! We had leftovers and it tasted even better the 2nd day! I will be making this many more times!!"

KimForbes User ID: 2760373 117775
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"This recipe was absolutely divine! My family LOVED it for a cool summer treat."

amberosu User ID: 6343053 179412
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2012

"This was delicious, my family and 3 year old son especially loved it. I had many ask me for the recipe! Can't wait to make it again sometime."

Reesec68 User ID: 6719139 212582
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2012

"I made this using fat free whipped topping, low fat sour cream and sf/ff pudding... it was soooo good! And I didn't feel too much guilt!"

Jenna6225 User ID: 6661461 184621
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"very good. I changed a couple of things. I did not use sour cream and instead I added 8oz of cream cheese(at room temp) and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Very good!"

Memaw2405 User ID: 6123503 123906
Reviewed May. 16, 2012

"This was delicious and definitely a keeper! As for the comment about cutting thru graham crackers you have to make this the day before! That way the crackers soften up creating a moist almost cakelike texture."

dearjeni User ID: 5702645 111755
Reviewed May. 15, 2012

"Yummy! Putting it in the refrigerator overnight, softens the graham crackers...not a problem at all! Its close to a chocolate Eclair cake made with graham need for crushing & making a easy!"

cadamsorama User ID: 1532981 111754
Reviewed May. 15, 2012

"Cutting through graham crackers is not an easy feat. Making this with pound or sponge cake is a much better idea and tastier too. I gave it two stars as the idea was good."

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