Banana Split Cake

I initially made this cake for a charity auction back in February but I had forgotten about it until this past weekend. My friend Missy was coming to town for the weekend, her birthday weekend, and I told her that I wanted to make her a cake. Upon asking her what kind of cake she wanted she very quickly replied that she wanted this banana split cake. Although I was confident she would tell me what she always tells everyone her favorite cake is, yellow cake with chocolate frosting, she surprised me and requested this cake that she had remembered I had previously made. I can only gather she chose this cake because it reminded her of the Atomic cakes from Chicago she would often get for her birthday when she was younger.

The overall idea of this cake is pretty ingenious. The cake layers are filled with the scent and taste of fresh bananas, very close to the taste and texture of a basic banana bread. The banana cake layers are filled with all the essential ingredients of a banana split; pineapple, strawberries, and rich chocolate sauce and the topped with the most delicate whipped frosting. Contrary to what some may believe this was actually a very light and refreshing cake. If you have a sweet spot in your heart for a good old fashion banana split I definitely recommend that you give this cake a try. It’s quite delicious! 

Banana Split Cake

Banana Split Cake

Banana Split Cake

Banana Nut Cake
2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 package (3.4 ounce) banana cream pudding mix
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/4 cups mashed bananas (about 3 large)
3/4 cup chopped peanuts

Whipped Frosting
1 (3.5 ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 (16 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 cup sliced strawberries
1 large banana, sliced
1 cup pineapple pieces
1 (11.75 ounce) jar hot fudge topping, room temperature*
1 cup chopped peanuts
fresh whipped cream
Maraschino cherries

To make the cake,  Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Gradually beat in the flour mixture alternating with the buttermilk until smooth. Stir in bananas and chopped peanuts.

Divide batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pans about 30 minutes then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

To make the frosting whisk together the pudding mix, milk and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in the powdered sugar until well combined. Fold in the whipped topping until no streaks remain.

* I find that it is best to slightly warm the chocolate in the microwave before drizzling onto the cake.

To assemble the cake cut each cooled cake in half lengthwise. Place one half, cut side up, on a cake stand. Spread a thin layer of frosting over cake. Cover with sliced strawberries. Use a small spoon to drizzle with fudge topping. Sprinkle with a tablespoon or two of chopped peanuts.

Place the other half of the first cake, cut side up, on top of the strawberry layer. Spread a thin layer of frosting over the cake. Cover with sliced bananas. Drizzle with fudge topping. Sprinkle with a tablespoon or two of chopped peanuts.

Place the bottom half of the other cake, cut side up, on top of the banana layer. Spread with a thin layer of frosting. Cover with pineapple pieces. Drizzle with fudge topping. Sprinkle with a tablespoon or two of chopped peanuts.

Place final cake half, cut side down, on top of pineapple layer. Spread remaining frosting evenly over top and sides of cake. Refrigerate cake for 30-45 minutes.

Remove cake from refrigerator. Slowly pour remaining fudge topping over the top of the cake, starting in the center and moving outward in circles. Sit back and watch as the fudge flows down the sides of the cake. If it doesn’t start flowing on it’s own all around the cake, use a spatula to smooth the center, pushing the fudge outward. Sprinkle with remaining chopped peanuts. Garnish with whipped cream and cherries.
Store in the refrigerator.

Recipe as seen on Gold Medal Flour, Baker Blog
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