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Banana Split Trifle

A Celebration in Every Bite: The Ultimate Banana Split Trifle

Banana Split Trifle

Calling all dessert lovers! This recipe is for you. Introducing the Banana Split Trifle – a showstopping dessert that combines all the vibrant flavors and textures of a classic banana split in a beautiful and layered presentation. It's perfect for potlucks, birthday parties, or simply satisfying your sweet tooth.


  • The Cake Canvas:
    • 1 box cake mix (your choice! Yellow, angel food, or even chocolate) – choose a flavor that complements the other ingredients. Consider a vanilla cake mix for a classic taste, or a chocolate cake mix for a richer twist.
  • The Creamy Base:
    • 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix – the foundation for the creamy layers, providing a delightful contrast to the fruit and cake
  • The Fruity Explosion:
    • 3 large bananas, sliced – the star of the show, adding sweetness and a smooth texture
    • 1 ½ cups sliced strawberries – vibrant red color and a refreshing tartness
    • 1 ½ – 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple (or 6 ounces crushed pineapple, drained) – juicy sweetness and tropical flair
  • The Whipped Wonder:
    • 1 container whipped topping, cold and thawed – light and fluffy, adding a dreamy texture to every bite
  • The Classic Touches:
    • 1 jar maraschino cherries, cut into cubes – a nostalgic nod to the traditional banana split
    • ½ cup pecan nuts (optional) – for a delightful crunch and nutty flavor
  • The Finishing Touch:
    • ¼ cup chocolate syrup – a decadent drizzle that ties all the flavors together


  1. Baking the Cake: Preheat your oven according to the cake mix package instructions. Prepare the cake batter and bake it in a 9x13 inch pan. Once baked, let the cake cool completely before assembling the trifle.
  2. Preparing the Pudding: While the cake cools, prepare the instant vanilla pudding according to the package instructions with cold milk. This will create a creamy and flavorful base for your layers.
  3. Chopping and Slicing: In the meantime, slice the bananas, strawberries, and fresh pineapple (or drain the crushed pineapple). If using pecans, chop them into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Assembling the Masterpiece: Find a beautiful transparent bowl, as this allows the vibrant layers to be showcased. Here comes the fun part – building your trifle!
  5. The First Layer: Start with a layer of crumbled cake pieces. You can use your hands to gently break the cake into bite-sized pieces.
  6. A Creamy Start: Next, spoon half of the prepared vanilla pudding on top of the cake layer. Spread it out evenly to ensure all the cake pieces get a delightful coating.
  7. Fruity Fun: Now comes the first layer of fruity goodness! Divide half of the sliced bananas, strawberries, and pineapple evenly over the pudding layer.
  8. Whipped Dream: Dollop half of the thawed whipped topping on top of the fruit layer. This adds a light and airy element to the trifle.
  9. Classic Accents: Sprinkle half of the maraschino cherry cubes and half of the chopped pecans (if using) over the whipped topping.
  10. A Touch of Decadence: Finally, drizzle half of the chocolate syrup over everything to create a rich and decadent finish.
  11. Repeating the Magic: Repeat steps 5-10, creating a second layer with the remaining cake pieces, pudding, fruit, whipped topping, maraschino cherries, pecans (if using), and chocolate syrup.
  12. A Chilled Delight: Cover the assembled trifle and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours, or ideally overnight. This allows the flavors to meld beautifully and the pudding to set slightly.
  13. Serving Up Smiles: When ready to serve, take your stunning trifle out of the refrigerator and grab your spoons! Dig into this explosion of textures and flavors, and enjoy a taste of a classic dessert in a whole new way.


  • Don't Over-mix the Pudding: When making the pudding, avoid over-mixing it once it thickens. This can lead to a lumpy texture.
  • Freshness Matters: For the best flavor and texture, use fresh fruits whenever possible.
  • Leftovers: Leftover trifle can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The texture of the cake and cookies may soften slightly, but it will still be delicious.