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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5 from 17 votes

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. This is amazing! I can’t believe you actually made it, wow! I’m going to pin this for later, my daughter is having a birthday in August and would absolutely love this cake, but maybe I would make it with strawberry instead of banana.

  2. While it’s not as easy as going to the local ice cream spot and picking up a frozen ice cream cake, you definitely will earn “brownie” points for going all out. I love making layered cakes for my children on their birthdays. Usually, I go the marshmallow fondant route, but I think I could use this one instead and my elves would be delighted. They LOVE banana splits. Cheers!

  3. I know quite a few banana split fans! What a super fun summer cake and it’s so easy to put together.:)

  4. I am soooo making this for my dad at some point! He loves banana splits and I love making cakes!

  5. This looks awesome!!! Beautiful cake!!! I’d love it if you would link it up in my link party going on right now!!

  6. 5 stars
    Sometimes I wished I could reach a fork through my computer screen, and just take a bite! Looks so yummy!

  7. This recipe is genius! I think it’s worth the wait for something so fun. And your shopping buddy is adorable!

  8. Ahhh! This cake looks amazing! Ice cream cake, no less! Your photos are fab! 🙂

  9. That cake is stunning and sounds amazing!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

  10. This looks so good! I wish I could reach through the screen… Too bad that type of technology doesn’t exist in my pregnant world:)