Total Time:  58 min
Prep Time:  20 min
Cook Time:   8 min
Rest Time: 30 min

Servings: 12

Lena’s banana split cake recipe virtually is a no bake cake. Just simply toast the pretzel crust and then layer the rest of the ingredients. Enjoy!

lenas banana slit cake


Pretzel crust-

  • 2 cups rold gold pretzels – crushed
  • ¾ cup Tillamook butter – melted
  • 3 tbsp C&H pure granulated white sugar

  • 1 cup C&H pure cane confectioners powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. McCormick pure vanilla extract
  • 18 oz. cool whip whipped topping
  • 4 bananas
  • 1 can crushed pineapples
  • Maraschino cherries
  • chocolate syrup



Use a food processor to make pretzels into a crumb like texture.  Add the sugar and mix.  Coat the bottom of a 8 x 12 Pyrex pan with the pretzel/sugar mixture. Pour melted butter over the pretzel crumbs, mix, and then press into the bottom of the pan.  Bake 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Let cool.


Using a KitchenAid mixer, cream the cream cheese and powdered sugar together.  Add the vanilla extract.  Drizzle chocolate syrup over pretzel crust.  Next, spread the filling whipped topping. Cut 4 bananas in slices and place on top of the whipped topping. Drizzle chocolate syrup on top of the bananas, then sprinkle the crushed pineapples.  Place another layer of the whipped topping.  Cherries, nuts, and drizzle chocolate syrup to decorate the top of the banana split cake.


More about Lena’s Banana Split Cake

In 1904, David Evans Strickler, based out of Latrobe, Pennsylvania invented the banana based ice cream sundae. The banana sundae was originally one banana split lengthwise, with two cones of ice cream at each end, one topped with nuts and the other with mixed fruit. In between the ice cream was a spoon of whipped cream. Last but not least, a maraschino cherry was placed on top. Strickler went on to purchase the pharmacy where he created the banana split. In 2004, the city celebrated the 100th anniversary and the National Ice Cream Retailers Association certified the city as it’s birthplace. A funny note is that the banana was originally served with the peel still on until Strickler realized that the people preferred them peeled.

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