Banana Split Icebox Cake

Today is my oldest sister’s birthday. She’s 20 years older than me and has always been like a second mom to me. She ran the St. George marathon with me a year and a half ago. She’s warm, bubbly, and one hot mama.  Even 20 years after she left high school people would stop me and ask, “You must be Shelly’s sister?

I still can’t believe she’s a grandma. Her four grandkids call her “Grandma Sugar”.

I know it’s WAY in the future for me but I’m a little sad that name is taken. Now my grandkids are going to have to call me “Grandma Butter” at the rate I’m going.

Happy Birthday Shelly!

This was another Father’s Day inspired recipe. My husband loves banana cream pie and banana splits. This dessert can and needs to be made ahead of time. Although it looks fancy, it couldn’t be made any easier by layering graham crackers, bananas, and a cream filling.
This is one of those desserts that is so light and summery, you could probably eat the whole thing by yourself. Trust me, I tried. I brought it to Bunko and kept going back to “sample” it to make sure I liked it.
 Banana Split Icebox Cake - no-bake and so easy!

 Banana Split Icebox Cake - no-bake and so easy!


Banana Split Icebox Cake
Prep Time
22 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time
22 hrs 15 mins
  • 1 carton (16 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed (or use 3 batches of homemade whipped cream which is about 6 cups of whipped cream))
  • 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 thin
  • Toppings: additional sliced bananas and sliced fresh strawberries
  • Chocolate Drizzle:
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. In a large bowl, mix the whipped topping, sour cream, and pudding mix until blended. Fold in pineapple. Fill a Ziploc bag with pudding mixture and cut off the corner of the bag.
  2. On a flat serving plate or large baking dish arrange four graham crackers in a rectangle. Pipe about 1 cup of the pudding mixture over the crackers; top with about 1/4 cup banana slices. Repeat layers five times. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Graham crackers should be soft.
  3. Before serving, make the chocolate drizzle. For the Chocolate Drizzle: Heat the cream in the microwave until hot (about 20-30 seconds). Place chocolate chips in a small bowl and pour hot cream over the chips. Let it sit for a second and then stir until chocolate is smooth. Let cool slightly while preparing the bananas and strawberries for the topping.
  4. Arrange sliced fruit on top. Drizzle with chocolate and serve.
Recipe Notes
Source: adapted from Shelly Flye from Taste of Home
Banana Split Icebox Cake - A super easy icebox cake with bananas, strawberries, and graham crackers.

Speak Your Mind



  1. Ooh, my hubby would LOVE this!!

  2. Sweet goodness, YES! This sounds awesome!

  3. Forget hubby, I might just push him out of the way for more of this beauty. I realize it’s for Father’s Day but seriously, he only needs a small piece. I’ll take care of the rest of it. This is genius. I must make it. And eat it. And quite likely not share it.

  4. This looks SO yummy! I absolutely love anything with bananas, definitely gonna have to give this a try, and Happy Birthday to your sister!

  5. This looks perfect for a summer BBQ!

  6. Do you think it would be a problem to substitute plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream? Thank you, it looks great.

  7. @Anonymous,
    Greek Yogurt is a great substitutions for sour cream.

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  9. This ice box cake looks yummy and dangerously easy!

  10. OMG…no THIS is to die for!

  11. I love that name, Grandma Sugar!! And Grandma Butter is cute too (but you better make sure Paula Dean doesn’t steal that one)! : ) This cake is gorgeous for being so simple, now if only I could start liking banana splits so I could enjoy it!

  12. This looks SO yummy! I absolutely love anything with bananas, definitely gonna have to give this a try, and Happy Birthday to your sister!

  13. Tiene un aspecto increiblemente deliciosos. Las fotografias bellisimas. Un saludo

  14. Yep, my dad is going to love this dessert. Looks beautiful without a ton of extra work!

  15. What a great idea! This is one of those desserts that you hope won’t be all gone and you can eat with a spoon standing at the fridge door. Yum.

  16. I don’t even like bananas in my dessert but that looks SO delicious!

  17. One word: mmmmmmmmmm


  18. It’s in the fridge as we speak….trying to hide it from him will be the hardest part. Kids can’t wait to try it tomorrow!

  19. OMG! I think I could even manage a recipe like this…looks yummy! BTW, I nominated (and awarded you) the Versatile Blogger Award…thought it would be fun

  20. Looks great! Hmmmm, I guess Superhubby and my wedding anniversary s coming up next, that ‘ll be a great excuse to make this. if I can wait that long!

  21. Hi Christy! This icebox cake looks divine. It’s arranged so perfectly! I’ve never made an icebox cake and to tell you the truth, I’m kinda intimidated by the though of it. I had no clue how EASY they were! And I love your chosen toppings – bananas, strawbs and chocolate 🙂

  22. I’m going to have to make this for my brother, it’s right up his ally! It looks so good, I may have to steal a bite for myself before he can gobble it all up. Thanks for the share!

  23. i made a strawberry (no banana) ice box cake too! but i took the lazy route and used cool whip:

  24. oops i see you used whipped topping too – i thought you made your own. but the pudding is so clever!

  25. This sounds super yummy. Will have to try this very soon.

    Thanks so much for sharing.


  26. why? why all the people around here are on diet?? why???
    i’m going to ruin that and make this healthy food for the weekend!!!

  27. Ohhhh yes!! I’ve been dreaming about this sort of dessert for a while… and now I have one to try!

  28. This is an awesome dish. Thanks

  29. I made this last weekend for a family birthday get-together. We couldn’t stop eating it!!! I got mad props for such a delicious dessert – I kept the simplicity of assembly to myself! Thanks for sharing, Christy!

  30. What size is the serving plate you used? I am wondering if there is any way to arrange this so that it would take up all the space in a serving plate? Like, a 13×9 inch for example?

  31. @Culinary Couture,
    I used an 11X14. You would need a super unique pan the size of a graham cracker for it to take up the whole pan or you could assemble it on a platter.

  32. My daughter and I are going to try your icebox cake after we failed miserably with ours. Thank you so much for your whipped cream instructions. Now I don’t feel so bad. (The link is our disaster icbox cake)

  33. My chocolate drizzle didn’t come out as nice as yours :/ I guess the chocolate chips didn’t melt as well and they left little specks of chocolate in the drizzle…is this because of the kind of chocolate chips I used? I used Nestle Tollhouse.

  34. @Anonymous,
    You need to make sure that you completely incorporate the cream and the chips. It will take some time and using a whisk will help. You can also use baking chocolate but I always have chocolate chips on hand so I use those.

  35. Hi, We are making the cake today. Just wanted to let you know your print feature doesn’t seem to be working. Maybe I’m doing something wrong… Just in case I thought you’d want to know.

  36. @Krista,
    The ad at the top seems to be screwing up the print friendly button which is a third party app that I use. I’ll contact them and see if they can fix it.

  37. Wow, love this icecream lasagna! Looks like a wonderful combo of icecream and strawberries!!!

  38. Adapted from Taste of Home? This is copied almost verbatim from Taste of Home. The only difference is that you specified the toppings. Why not simply state that you copied it?

  39. @Nightshadow,
    While I appreciate your comment, if you know anything about the blog world and etiquette, if you’ve changed anything from the recipe you are supposed to say “adapted”. Recipes are not copyrighted, only pictures. I used fresh whipped cream here and changed the chocolate drizzle to be thicker and thought that should be noted.

  40. Wonder what this would be like with chocolate graham crackers?

  41. This looks so yummy, I have to try this…I do have a question, forgive me if it is a silly one, lol, but the pudding mix, do i make the pudding first and then blend it, or do i just blend the box of pudding mix? Thanks so much.

  42. THIS IS GORGEOUS! And I’m pretty sure the name Grandma Butter is awesome. Although I’d probably opt for Grandma Butah. 🙂

  43. This looks delicious, but I am allergic to pineapple! Any idea on substitutions?

  44. OMG This is similar to what I make for every Xmas dinner, but even BETTER !!!To die for is right

  45. There is no doubt that the bananas are fully loaded with the essential nutrients and vitamins. The presence of these essential nutrients in the bananas not only complete the appetite but also improve the digestion.

  46. I am making the banana split ice box cake using real whipping cream. Do I whip the cream first then add the pudding mix? Do you add the pudding mix dry? I need clarification.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Yes, whip the cream first. You will need 3 cups of unwhipped cream. Once it’s whipped it will equal 6 cups. Then fold in the dry pudding mix. Good luck!

  47. I made this for my husbands birthday and it was a hit. I didn’t pipe the cream mixture but spread it on each graham cracker one by one. Instead of strawberries I used mashed raspberries w/ the banana slices. I found that the graham crackers were soft enough within 4 to 5 hours of serving. I used a different recipe for the chocolate drizzle. This dessert was light and I would definitely make it again . Would be good to make for 4th of July and incorporate blueberries too .

  48. Oooo! This looks so good!

  49. I have been making for years for cookouts and pot lucks. Everyone love loves it. Double the crushed pineapple though

  50. Very nice, Recipe Thanks for sharing Now planning to make this one for wife to surprise her