Here’s my newest creation. No-Bake Banana Split Cake. It’s very good, and simple to make! No fuss, no muss. One bowl, one beater, and a spatula. Kids will go crazy over it, trust me. I’m just a big kid and I snuck a piece way before dinner. Well? I had to try it, didn’t I?
A couple of fun facts: The inventor of Ice Cream Sundaes (1892) is credited to a druggist by the name of Chester Platt who hailed from Ithaca, N.Y. It was common in those days to have a soda fountain, Ice Cream counter in pharmacies. Cornell students loved them and spread the word until ice cream shops near and wide began to sell Sundaes.
In 1904 a 23-year-old student at the University of Pittsburgh worked as an apprentice pharmacist. David “Dog” Strickler was challenged to make something different. He came up with a split Banana, a scoop each of Strawberry, Chocolate, and Vanilla Ice Cream. He added the Syrups, Whipped Cream, and a Cherry. And there you have a Banana Split. *
Variations: If you’d like to vary the topping, or pudding flavors, feel free. You can do topping sections of the cake with one flavor, or mix them all up. Get creative! Other than Hot Fudge, Pineapple, Strawberry or Caramel would be awesome! You can also vary the crust by using the crushed Vanilla Wafer Crust or regular golden Graham Crackers. Go crazy!
INGREDIENTS: Yield 9” x 13” pan – Feel free to cut the recipe in half.
2 small (3.4 oz) packages of Instant Vanilla or French Vanilla Pudding
2 ¾ cups milk
8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed and divided
Chocolate Graham Crackers (2 sleeves)
2 Large Bananas, coarsely chopped
¼ Cup Hot Fudge Sauce
Maraschino Cherries for Garnish
OPTIONAL: Crushed Peanuts
In a mixer bowl, beat Pudding and Milk on low speed for about 3 minutes, stopping once to scrape bowl and beater. Add approximately ¾ of the thawed Cool Whip, reserving about 1 ½ cups for garnish. Beat only until thoroughly mixed in.
9” x 13” pan, no need for greasing. Layer Graham Crackers to cover bottom of pan. You’ll have to cut a few in order to avoid any bare spots.
Pour half of Pudding mixture on top of the Graham Crackers. Evenly spread all the chopped Bananas on top. I used a large spoon and a butter knife.
Place remaining Pudding mixture on top and spread evenly. Warm Hot Fudge Sauce in the microwave (Try 15 seconds, stir, and heat again) so it can be drizzled, and then go ahead and drizzle over the Pudding mixture.
Fit a large star tip on a Pastry Bag and fill the bag with the remaining Cool Whip. Squeeze Bag to make designs on the cake. If you’re using Peanuts, sprinkle them on now. You can do just half the cake if you want. Place a Maraschino Cherry on top of each. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
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By Tika for CHEW WANNA EAT? © 2020