It seemed only fitting to close out National Ice Cream Month with an outrageous ice cream dessert.  Enter this banana split ice cream torte.  I believe I first laid eyes on this at the tail end of last summer, and have been waiting ever since for the right time to finally give it a try.  Both playful and impressive at the same time, this dessert would be a welcome addition to any summer gathering.  You start with a Oreo cookie crumb crust and layer with sliced bananas, strawberry ice cream, hot fudge, vanilla ice cream and strawberries.  Then garnish it as you would a regular sundae with freshly whipped cream and nuts, and serve with crushed pineapple on the side.

Now, you can make this dessert as easy or as involved as you wish.  You all know me well enough now to know I prefer to do things the “hard” (homemade) way, so I used homemade strawberry ice cream, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce (recipe to come), freshly whipped cream and fresh chopped pineapple.  Of course you can just buy these things pre-made from the store and save yourself some time.  Do whatever floats your boat.  It will be delicious either way.  I will point out that one advantage to using homemade ice cream is that if you use it straight out of the ice cream maker, it is the perfect consistency for spreading smoothly.  I made this in an 8-inch springform pan because I prefer a taller cake, but you can easily use a 9-inch pan…the layers will just be a bit thinner.  Whatever way you decide, definitely do make it.  And hey, if there is one upside to this smack-you-in-the-face heat we’ve been having, it’s that desserts like this just taste that much better.


15 whole Oreo cookies
3 tbsp. melted butter
3-4 ripe bananas, sliced ½-inch thick
1 pint strawberry ice cream, softened slightly
1 cup hot fudge sauce, warmed
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened slightly
10 oz. frozen sweetened strawberries, thawed and drained
Whipped cream, for garnish
Chopped walnuts, for garnish
Maraschino cherries, for garnish
Chopped or crushed pineapple, for serving


  • 01

    Line the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan with wax or parchment paper.  Place the Oreos in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until very finely ground.  Add the melted butter to the bowl with the cookie crumbs and pulse until evenly moistened.  Pour the crumbs into the bottom of the springform pan and press down firmly in an even layer to cover the bottom (not the sides) of the pan.  Lay the slices of banana over the cookie crust, fitting as many as you can into a single layer.  Add the strawberry ice cream to the pan and smooth in an even layer over the banana slices.  Cover and transfer to the freezer to chill until the ice cream is very firm.

  • 02

    Spread the hot fudge sauce over the strawberry ice cream and smooth with a spatula.  Return to the freezer until the fudge layer is firm, about 30 minutes.  Once the fudge layer is firm, spread the vanilla ice cream in an even layer over the top.  Cover and return to the freezer until the ice cream is very firm.

  • 03

    When you are ready to serve the torte, soak a towel in very warm water and squeeze out all the excess water.  Wrap the towel around the sides of the springform pan for about 30 seconds to help loosen them from the torte.  Carefully remove the sides of the pan.  Top with the thawed strawberries.  Garnish as desired with whipped cream, chopped walnuts, and maraschino cherries.  Let stand at room temperature about 15 minutes before slicing.  Serve with crushed pineapple.


  • Fantastic, congratulation!!!!!

  • What an incredible looking dessert! It is so pretty and I bet so delicious.

  • Oh, this looks super yummy. I have one ice cream cake recipe that I really love, but having another one in my repertoire would be fabulous.

  • Christel

    It looks soooo good, can’t wait to try making it!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  • Wow – this looks amazing. I bet it tastes amazing with the homemade ice cream and oreos? Oh yum. This is a great idea and it sounds pretty doable as long as you give yourself a little time for the different layers. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!!

  • Wow, this looks so amazing and yummy!

  • Dalia

    What do you think about incorporating the crushed pineapple in the cake itself? My first thoughts are that the juices will leak all over. So maybe folding the crushed pineapple into the vanilla ice cream and then spreading the ice cream?

  • OH WOW! That looks delectable!

  • Oh. My. God. I think I just died and went to dessert heaven. That looks incredible, I can’t wait to try it.

  • this is wonderful!!! Looks incredibly great!

  • Lucia

    Hi! Do you think a brownie layer will work fine instead of the Oreo crust?
    Also, how would you prepare the frozen strawberries if you don’t want to buy them like that?

  • This looks so good! Did you make the ice cream for it yourself, or just buy a carton? The colors are so appealing on this cake!

  • This is absolutely GORGEOUS! Stunning, Annie!

  • This is an outrageous dessert and I love it! What a fun dessert it would be to serve to guests!

  • Christal

    This looks fantastic! My husband has his birthday in January and because we have 3 other birthdays in our family that month, we’re sort of “caked” out. This would be perfect! I do have a quick question. I just made your strawberry/sour cream ice cream. It took all my will to not drink the concoction before putting it into the ice cream maker. When I took it out of the freezer the next day, it was very crumbly when I went to scoop it. The only thing I could think of was that it was too cold. I don’t have that issue with store-bought ice cream. Any thoughts? Have you run into that problem before?

  • Annie

    Sure, you could try that.

  • Annie

    You could try it. I would just slice strawberries, mix with a bit of sugar, and let them macerate for a little while.

  • Annie

    Mine has never been crumbly, it’s always very smooth. You may be right about it being too cold. I guess maybe you just need to let it sit out a bit before you scoop it?

  • Wow! That is a seriously fun cake!

  • I swear, you should be making cakes for the Hollywood Film Industry – they are always SO beautiful – and so are your pictures of course!

  • Saying goodbye to National Ice Cream Month with a BANG! Perfect. :)

  • I want this for my birthday! I hope my dj can follow instructions!!q

  • Glad you liked the recipe! :o) It’s definitely one of my all-time favorites!!

    – Annalise (from!)

  • What a gorgeous dessert! Perfect for the summer :)

  • I’ll take one large piece please :) This sounds fabulous! Happy ice cream month!!

  • Ohhhhh, yuuuumm!!! I love banana spits! Banana split in torte form? Even better!

  • Annie, this cake is GORGEOUS!! Perfect for b’day parties and summer celebrations.

  • Cindy B.

    WOW! This look sooooooooooo good!

  • wowwww, this looks beautiful Annie! Seriously beautiful, the perfect summer dinner party dessert :)

  • I just got amazingly hungry reading your post. What a fantastic dessert!

  • Oh my goodness. Why can’t you be my best friend and make me cakes? WHY?! haha

  • Ooooh I really really want this. Like, now.

  • I am drooling over this! I cannot wait to make this dessert…only I’m afraid I’ll eat the whole thing.

  • Megan

    Looks great! Do you think you can frost with the whipped cream and then freeze for a make ahead dessert?

  • Annie

    Sure. Enjoy!

  • My birthday was this past Wednesday (August the 3rd) and I popped this baby into the freezer the night before, and for dinner… voila! Perfect ice cream cake, sans the trip to Carvel. My sister made the whipped cream 10 minutes before serving, we threw some cherries on it… and the few people who were over for dinner proclaimed it was their favorite cake EVER to date!!

    Thank you so much for posting this, definitely proud that for the first time ever I made my own birthday cake. And so easy! YUM! :)

  • Beautiful photos!

  • Lucia

    Hi Annie! Do you think you can share with me your hot fudge sauce recipe? Please!!!!

  • Annie

    Hi Lucia,
    It will be posted eventually. Just be patient :)

  • Aimee

    My dad’s favorite thing besides German Chocolate Cake is a banana split. I knew when I first saw this recipe that it would be perfect for him. I made it for his birthday and he said it was his best birthday cake ever.

  • Tambouille & délices

    this is wonderful!!!

  • Oh Yes!

  • Sorchathorn

    Do you think it would taste okay if I switched up the flavors for the 4th of July? Such as strawberries (instead of bananas) on the bottom with vanilla, and strawberry ice cream with blueberries on top? Do you have any ideas?

  • annieseats

    Sure, this is very adaptable.