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DIJ-CoverThere is nothing more fun that serving up Desserts in Jars. These Banana Split Cakes in a Jar were inspired by Shaina Olmanson’s cookbook “Desserts in Jars” (also available for the Kindle) which I am giving away today to one lucky reader.

This cookbook is full of wonderful, fun and elegant desserts for every single occasion imaginable. I find myself reaching for mine, when I want to do something creative, but am struggling to come up with something. Everyone loves being served desserts in jars.

While I enjoy using my jars to cook and bake in, sometimes you just need an easy dessert for a gathering, where the presentation just makes it better.

Enter the Banana Split Cakes In a Jar. Inspired by the cookbook, and Shaina’s recipe for Frozen Banana Splits, my teenagers and I set out to create a fun but non frozen dessert for a recent event we brought dessert to.

This recipe is really more about the presentation than the actual recipe. But regardless, we had a lot of fun in the kitchen baking, experimenting and eating a lot of cake. And bananas. And cake. Did I mention cake? Because there was a lot. You know, in case I didn’t mention it.

Also, the first time we made this, we made from scratch cakes. Yep. And we made our own sauces. And then we got smart. It was a lot of work.

So the second time we made them, we used box mixes for the cake and jarred jellies and sauces for the fruit. It was a WHOLE lot easier and took HALF the time to put together. So I’m giving you that recipe. But if you want to make your cakes from scratch, and your fruit sauces from scratch, you knock yourself out. Don’t get me wrong, it was good. But honestly so was the second batch. And everyone was happy and complimenting us and they all seemed surprised when I confessed they were boxed mixes. LOL So I’m seriously just making these with box mixes from now on. Again, knock yourself out with the made from scratch thing.

Banana Split Cakes in a Jar

Banana Split Cakes in a Jar

This twist on a classic banana split, combines layer of cake, fruit and whipped cream for the perfect treat.


  • 1 bunch of bananas, 4-5 depending on how many jars you are making
  • 1 Strawberry Cake baked in a 13x9 inch pan, cooled
  • 1 Vanilla Cake baked in a 13x9 inch pan, cooled
  • 1 Chocolate Cake baked in a 13x9 inch pan, cooled
  • 1 jar of strawberry ice cream topping
  • 1 jar of pineapple ice cream topping, Smuckers is what we used
  • 1 bottle of chocolate syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Maraschino Cherries


  1. Begin by slicing bananas.
  2. Cut each flavor of cake into 1" squares.
  3. Wash and completely dry your jars.
  4. Layer the sliced bananas on the bottom of the jar. We did 4 slices. Layer the strawberry cake pieces on top. We did about 4-5 pieces depending of course on size of the cubes.
  5. Spoon pineapple ice cream topping over the top of the strawberry cake. Layer another layer of bananas. This time we only did 3.
  6. Top with white cake pieces.
  7. Spoon the chocolate syrup over the top of the vanilla cake.
  8. Add another layer of bananas.
  9. Top with chocolate cake pieces.
  10. Spoon the strawberry ice cream topping over the top of the chocolate cake.
  11. Top the entire thing with whipped cream and a cherry and serve with a long tea spoon.

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Anita at Hungry Couple

Wednesday 3rd of July 2013

This looks so yummy. I love putting stuff in jars because it's cute and portion controlled. :)

Kim Bee

Friday 28th of June 2013

Nicole can I please come over and have one of these delicious banana splits? This is amazing. I honestly just about fell off my chair. The photos just make me want to grab a spoon and dive right in.


Thursday 27th of June 2013

Creme brulee, no contest. But I have vanilla ice cream much more often.

Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba)

Thursday 27th of June 2013

Drooling - I LOVE the banana split cakes concept


Wednesday 26th of June 2013

My favorite dessert is peach pie

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