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Banana Split Cake (Banana Marble Cake)

This is super simple and has just a hint of banana marbled with chocolate, topped with vanilla ice cream, (try this was butterscotch ripple, Mmm) smothered in a luscious strawberry sauce. I freeze bananas that are too ripe to eat because hey are better to bake with than the fresh ones in my opinion. I got this recipe from a co-worker about 25 years ago. We still enjoy it.
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup instant cocoa mix ( I used a 1/4 cup chocolate syrup)
  1. Grease a bundt pan. Set aside.
  2. Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In mixing bowl beat butter on medium speed about 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until creamy and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating 1 minute after each addition.
  4. In a small bowl stir together mashed banana, sour cream and milk.
  5. Add dry ingredients and banana mixture alternately to beaten mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until just combined.
  6. Into 1 cup of the batter, fold in cocoa mix or syrup, stir gently.
  7. Add batter to cake pan and pour chocolate batter over plain batter. Swirl.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 60 - 70 minutes, or until cake test is done. Cool 5 minutes in the pan. Gently remove and serve with the following strawberry sauce and ice cream. 

Strawberry Sauce:
  • 4 cups strawberries
  • 1 cup liquid, from the frozen berries and added water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  1. Thaw berries if frozen and drain, saving liquid. In a saucepan add water to drained liquid to equal one cup liquid. 
  2. In a saucepan, mix liquid and sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Mix cornstarch with a little water and add, cooking until mixture runs clear and thickened. Add berries and lemon juice. Cool. 
  3. When cake and sauce are cooled, top with ice cream and sauce and voila ... dessert. Serves 12.

I made this cake for a casual dessert for our friends this last weekend. I complained that I couldn't take a good picture, soooo our friend decided that was because he wasn't in it ...Yes you are right, this picture just takes the cake


  1. Sure looks delicious Char..I've never put banana and choc in the same cake!

  2. That looks yummy, Charlotte. I think I prefer the bottom offence to your friend!

  3. Looks yummy! The flavour combination sounds perfect! And I agree, a smiling face makes any cake look better. ;)

  4. I bet I have a dozen bananas in the freezer right now. I'm always looking for recipes - you can only eat so much banana bread!

  5. This looks like something that would be a great hit for the 'guys' on game night. Yum!

  6. Awesome job on the photos Charlotte. . . he definately looks impressed with the dessert. . so that is good enough for me. .. I'll give it a whirl.

  7. What an adorable picture with the smiley man! As always, you created something that looks fabulous. Yum.

  8. I made this cake. It is so moist and delicious! I substituted caramel sauce for the chocolate sauce and wow it was good!


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