This no bake banana split cake is a graham cracker crust topped with layers of cheesecake, pineapple, bananas, whipped topping and chocolate fudge. It’s the perfect make-ahead dessert to feed a crowd!

I love to serve no-bake desserts because they’re easy to make and always a huge hit with family and friends. I typically make chocolate lasagna, no bake peanut butter pie, or this colorful banana split cake.

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Banana split cake topped with hot fudge, whipped cream, sprinkles and cherries.

If you’re a sundae lover, this no bake banana split cake is for you. It’s a real showstopper, towering high with layers of crust, cheesecake, fruit, chocolate, nuts, sprinkles, and of course, cherries. This dessert is the ultimate treat for summer parties and potlucks. You get all that great banana split flavor, without the melting factor of ice cream.

A graham cracker crust in a rectangular baking dish.

How do you make banana split cake?

The first step in the process is to make your graham cracker crust, which is a mixture of crushed crackers, butter and sugar. After your crust has chilled, it’s time to add a layer of no-bake cheesecake. The next layers are fresh sliced bananas, along with canned crushed pineapple. Top everything off with a layer of whipped topping, hot fudge, and sundae fixings such as pecans and sprinkles. The hardest part is to wait for everything to chill so you can slice and serve!

A layer of bananas on top of a cheesecake mixture.

Tips for banana split cake

  • It’s important to follow the chilling instructions in the recipe to make sure all the layers set up properly. This cake takes a few hours to make, but the majority of that time is waiting for the layers to firm up.
  • This cake is best served within 12 hours after making it. The acid in the pineapple helps to keep the layer of bananas fresh, but eventually the bananas can soften and discolor.
  • You can use whipped topping or whipped cream in this recipe. I typically use whipped topping because it’s less work, but if you want to whip your own heavy cream with some sugar, free free. Do not use the aerosol style whipped cream as it will quickly deflate.
  • You can use any sundae toppings you like to decorate your cake. Any variety of sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, toffee bit, caramel sauce will work.

A banana split cake topped with chocolate sauce and pecans.

The hardest part about making banana split cake is cutting neat slices! I have a few tips to make the slicing process go a little smoother.

  • Freeze your cake for about 30 minutes before you plan to slice it. This will help firm up the layers even more and keep them intact as you cut into the dessert.
  • Wipe your knife with a paper towel between each cut. This will prevent the layers from running together as you slice.
  • If you’re looking for picture perfect slices, you can run an offset spatula around the cut sides of each slice to even out the layers.

A slice of banana split cake with layers of graham cracker, cheesecake, bananas and pineapple.

My kids always request this dessert for their birthday, and their friends always go crazy about it. There’s just something special about all those different layers of color and flavor!

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Banana Split Cake

AuthorSara Welch
Banana split cake topped with hot fudge, whipped cream, sprinkles and cherries.
This no bake banana split cake is a graham cracker crust topped with layers of cheesecake, pineapple, bananas, whipped topping and chocolate fudge. It's the perfect make-ahead dessert to feed a crowd!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Chill Time3 hours
Total Time21 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Serves 16 servings


For the crust

  • 1 1/2 cupa graham cracker crumbs
  • 8 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • cooking spray

For the fillings

  • 12 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 8 ounces whipped topping thawed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 bananas sliced
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple well drained

For the toppings

  • 8 ounces whipped topping thawed, divided use
  • 1 1/4 cups hot fudge sauce
  • 1/3 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • 16 maraschino cherries


  • Coat a 9"x13" pan with cooking spray.
  • For the crust: Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar in a bowl. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Chill the crust in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Place the cream cheese in the bowl of a mixer. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add the whipped topping, sugar and vanilla extract. 
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust. Add a layer of bananas, then a layer of crushed pineapple.
  • For the toppings Spread half the whipped topping over the pineapple layer. Chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Warm the fudge sauce in the microwave for 15-20 seconds or pourable. The sauce should not be hot or it will melt the whipped topping. If your chocolate is too hot, let it sit at room temperature until lukewarm.
  • Drizzle the fudge over the whipped topping and quickly gently spread into place. 
  • Sprinkle pecans over fudge layer. Chill for at least 2 hours, or up to 8 hours.
  • Place the remaining whipped topping in a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe rosettes of whipped topping onto the top of the cake. Top with sprinkles and cherries. Cut into slices, then serve.


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 0.6mg

This post was originally published on June 2, 2015 and was updated on May 28, 2019 with new content.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is surely a healthy and delicious cake option. I would surely love to try this recipe. Amazing presentation.

  2. 5 stars
    Such a fun cake recipe, perfect to serve at a party this summer – I love that both kids and adults will enjoy it equally 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This is such a great idea! I love how this can be made ahead. Totally saving this recipe for a weekend get together!

  4. 5 stars
    This looked like an absolutely amazing dessert, so I tried it and was not disappointed! Kids loved it as well

  5. 5 stars
    Wow, it looks delicious. Each of layers cake looks nice. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I will make it for my dessert.

  6. Show stopper is right! That is one special ice cream cake. It’s stunning and I imagine it’s even better eating it. #client

  7. You outdid yourself on this one! Can I just come over to your house the next time you make it because I’m too lazy to make it myself 😉 Your family is so lucky!

  8. Sara, this cake is AMAZING! Definitely something I’d make. I love the picture with the slices laying on their side, it shows all of the layers! YUM!