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Banana Split Trifles

posted by Ashley on May 10, 2015

Banana Split Trifles – vanilla cake and pudding loaded up with all of your favorite banana split toppings! Make them in mason jars for a portable picnic treat!

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What is your favorite summer treat?

Banana Split Trifles: vanilla cake and pudding loaded up with all of your favorite banana split toppings! Make them in mason jars for a portable picnic treat!


Banana splits are definitely up there.

Ice cream cake.




Those Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bars? Definitely one of my faves.

Dipped cones.

Forgive me while I sit here and fantasize about summer.

Banana Split Trifles: vanilla cake and pudding loaded up with all of your favorite banana split toppings! Make them in mason jars for a portable picnic treat!

We are so close here in Manitoba. I’m dreaming of long days sitting out on the deck watching my husband and 3 year old do yard work.

I’m also dreaming of fresh fruits and veggies.

I know, I know. There are some of you who have this luxury year-round. There are also some of you who claim that strawberry season starts in April, though I’m not sure I can believe you.

Here, “strawberry season” is about 2 weeks long starting in early-mid July.

That being said, the strawberries you can pick up at the store these days are so much better than the strawberries you can get in the middle of winter. I swear it’s like the strawberries were actually white, and they just spray-painted them red to make them look like they’re ripe.

Banana Split Trifles: vanilla cake and pudding loaded up with all of your favorite banana split toppings! Make them in mason jars for a portable picnic treat!

I love trifle.

It’s something my mom made often we were growing up, but she usually made it the same way. Chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, cool whip, and Skor (Heath) bits.

(P.S. why does one company create different names for an American and Canadian version of the same product anyway? It seems so silly!)

But I’ve been dreaming of summer flavors and simple treats. This definitely fits the bill!

There are so many ways to make this more homemade, or less homemade, depending on your comfort level in the kitchen or your time or energy levels! Here are a few:

  • You can either use homemade vanilla cake (this is my favorite recipe!), a prepared cake mix, or even a purchase vanilla cake (like a pound cake or angel food cake).
  • You can either use homemade vanilla pudding, instant vanilla pudding mix, or even prepared purchased pudding cups. To substitute instant pudding, use 2 prepared 4 serving packages (8 servings total).
  • You can either use fresh, chopped pineapple or canned pineapple tidbits or chunks.
  • You can either use real whipped cream, or a tub of whipped topping.

You can go the “Everything Homemade” route, and it will be amazing, but it will take a little time. You can go the “Everything Quick and Easy” route, and it will be a super simple dessert that everyone will love and will leave you more time to enjoy the sun. Or you can find a happy medium: decide which parts you want to make from scratch and which ones you can compromise on!

Banana Split Trifles: vanilla cake and pudding loaded up with all of your favorite banana split toppings! Make them in mason jars for a portable picnic treat!

Either way, there’s no reason not to add this to your summer barbecue menu – it’s packed with fresh flavor, and can even be a no-bake dessert if you use purchased cake (or if you’re like me and always have a bunch of cake cubes in the freezer!).

You can make it in a large trifle bowl, or make it in Mason Jars as in the pictures, screw on the lids and it’s a perfectly portable picnic dessert!

*You can add more or less of anything, according to your tastes and the number of servings you require. These are not hard and fast measurements!

1 review

Banana Split Trifles

Preparation 20 minutes Serves 8-10 servings     adjust servings


  • 1 vanilla cake mix, prepared according to package directions, cooled and cubed

Vanilla pudding

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp butter

To assemble

  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 4 cups fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • 2-3 cups prepared whipped topping
  • 8-10 cherries


  1. To make vanilla pudding:

  2. In a large pot, bring milk to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring often (you don’t want the milk to scorch).
  3. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, corn starch, salt, and vanilla. When milk is nearly boiling, whisk in the sugar mixture and continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in butter. The pudding will continue to thicken as it cools. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  4. To assemble:

  5. Layer trifle in this order: cake, bananas, pudding (cooled to room temperature), pineapple, strawberries.
  6. I like to do 2 layers of this, then top with whipped cream and cherries – you can obviously adjust to your tastes!
  7. Chill until ready to serve. You can store in the refrigerator for a couple days if you need to, but I wouldn’t leave it too long because you want your fruit as fresh as possible.


Recipe Notes

*When making trifle, I like to work with the pudding before it’s chilled and set, this way it sinks into the cake layer more. *I like to brush banana slices with lemon juice to prevent browning. You could also use pineapple juice!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 643kcal Calories from fat 137
% Daily Value
Total Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 599mg25%
Carbohydrate 121g40%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 53g
Protein 9g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    I love Ashley’s blog and love seeing her here with these gorgeous trifles!!! love and must make these soon!!!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

    These trifles are just beautiful, Ashley! Wish I had one right now! They’re the perfect summer treat!

  • Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    These look SO fun!! A great spin on banana split ice cream!!

  • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    Banana split in a jar sound perfect to me!

  • Joan Hayes

    Oh my goodness Julie, these look and sound amazing! I love a good trifle, and I love banana splits — this is a match made in dessert heaven! : )

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Banana Split’s have to be one of my all time favourite of classic desserts so I love how you have inventively turned it into trifle form. Yum!

  • Mariana

    I love banana split and in a jar looks perfect.

  • Jennifer Tammy

    I normally save my own experiments for entertaining, but these are so gorgeous, I think the next time we have people over for supper, we’ll do these! Cute and cheerful!

  • Terri De

    Had to share this wonderful and simple recipe on my blog “Our Front Porch”! Just loved it! Awesome Job!

  • Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Seriously gorgeous trifles here!! Love!

  • Mandane

    Love this! I love making trifles.. But what a great idea to make in the mason jars! Will definitely be in my next summer picnic basket! Such a simple delicious dessert too and gets those fruits in! Awesome! Thanks!

  • Jenny

    What the heck is the butter for? A measurement was given, but no instructions on where to add it.

    • Julie Evink

      Stir it into the pudding at the end. Sorry! Recipe has been updated.

  • Denis Genta

    thankyou for sharing it 🙂

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