Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake

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Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake combines all the Southern charm of a classic dessert into a delectable frozen treat. 

Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake is a winner for any summer barbecue or party! (via

Every summer barbecue in North Carolina has a few menu items in common. For starters, there’s almost always pulled pork, barbecue sauce, cole slaw rolls, deviled eggs, corn on the cob, macaroni & cheese, collard greens, baked beans. a fruit salad. a tossed salad, slices of watermelon, lemonade and sweet tea.

Depending on what part of the state you’re from, there might be pickled beets, fried okra and biscuits or cornbread, too. Maybe hot dogs and hamburgers instead of the pulled pork. But by and large, these Southern cookouts are always epic.

For dessert, there is always, always, always banana pudding and some kind of cake served with ice cream. “Why not together?” I asked. 

Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake is a winner for any summer barbecue or party! (via

Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake is a winner for any summer barbecue or party! (via

So I set out to make it happen. Even though I don’t love bananas, there’s something wonderful about the layers of boxed pudding, whipped cream, vanilla wafer cookies and banana slices. A big scoop of that and I’m flooded with memories of summer camp, tailgates and neighborhood barbecues.

You probably knew this already, but you can make ice cream cake with any kind of ice cream. For today’s recipe, I made an ice cream cake version of my favorite cookout dessert. Layers of vanilla ice cream, whipped banana cream, vanilla wafers and banana slices come together in this luscious ice cream cake. Make it at least a day ahead of time so it has time to freeze! Making an ice cream cake is as simple as leaving the ice cream out on the counter for a bit to soften (not melt!) Once soft, spread it inside a springform pan (affiliate link) and layer it with toppings. 

This Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake is totally a winner in my book. Add it to your summer cookout menu right away! // susannah

The Southern cookbooks I mentioned are the cookouts I was raised on. They’re always the best when they’re potluck-style, and everyone brings something to the party. I teamed up with my friend Erin at The Speckled Palate to co-host a giant virtual cookout with our blog friends. See all the recipes for our Great Blogger BBQ below!

50 recipes for the perfect summer get-together! Whether you're planning a barbecue, picnic, or outdoor party, check out everything from appetizer recipes, entree recipes, cocktail recipes, dessert recipes, side dish recipes and more to go with your BBQ! #greatbloggerBBQ

50 recipes for the perfect summer get-together! Whether you're planning a barbecue, picnic, or outdoor party, check out everything from appetizer recipes, entree recipes, cocktail recipes, dessert recipes, side dish recipes and more to go with your BBQ! #greatbloggerBBQ


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Crab, Bacon & Guacamole Crostinis by That Square Plate

Cocktails and Drinks

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Fresh Watermelon Mojito by Twin Stripe
Mint Hibiscus Lemonade by The Little Epicurean
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Basil Gin Lemonade by Glisten and Grace


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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Burgers by Simple and Savory
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Marinated Skirt Steak with Sweet Corn and Cherry Salad by Domesticate ME!
Sweet & Sour Chicken Kebabs by Tastefully Frugal

Side Dishes

Caprese Pasta Salad by Club Narwhal
Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad by Two Sisters Kitchens
Coconut Milk Mac & Cheese by A Little Gathering
Cherry Quinoa Salad by Food Lovin Family
Cheddar, Corn and Bacon Potato Salad by Family Food on the Table
Lemon Rocket Pasta Salad by Lauren Caris Cooks
Green Goddess Potato Salad by Love & Flour
Red White & Blue Watergate Salad by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Zesty Potato Skewers by Pamela Salzman
Quinoa Tabouli by A Fork’s Tale


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Strawberry Lemon Shortcakes by Dash of Herbs
Grasshopper Pie by 2 Cookin’ Mamas
Berry Mango Smoothie Pops by HÄLSA Nutrition
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No Churn Cookies and Cream Strawberry Ice Cream by The Secret Ingredient Is
Coconut Blueberry & Vodka Ice Pops by Nik Snacks
Strawberry Key Lime Margarita Greek Yogurt Ice Pops by Beer Girl Cooks
Cherry & Rhubarb Tart by Crepes of Wrath

Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake is a winner for any summer barbecue or party! (via

Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake is a winner for any summer barbecue or party! (via

Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake

Yield: 16 slices
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake combines all the Southern charm of the classic fruity dessert with a delectable frozen treat.
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  • 2 quarts vanilla ice cream
  • 40-60 vanilla wafer cookies
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Chill a 9-inch springform pan in the freezer for 30 minutes 1 hour before beginning to prevent ice cream from melting. Allow ice cream to soften slightly (not melt) outside of the freezer for 15-30 minutes.
  • Using a spoon, spread 1 quart of ice cream into the bottom of the springform pan and up around the sides of the pan. Smooth with a spatula or back of a spoon. Place in the freezer for 1 hour.
  • While the outer layer sets, in a bowl, mash together cream cheese, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1 banana until well blended and smooth. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip cream with powdered sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla until stiff peaks form. Fold half of the whipped cream mixture into the cream cheese mixture and mix well until smooth. Repeat with the second half of the whipped cream mixture. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and store mixture in fridge until needed.
  • Into the springform pan with outer ice cream layer, spread half of the banana cream cheese mixture. Smooth with a spatula or back of a spoon. Press in a layer of vanilla wafer cookies. Add a layer of banana slices. Top with the remaining 1 quart of ice cream. Freeze for 1 hour.
  • Add the remaining banana cream cheese mixture. Freeze for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  • Before serving, pop open the springform pan and carefully turn out the cake onto a plate or baking sheet (make sure it fits in your freezer!) Smooth and patch the outer ice cream layer. Decorate with vanilla wafers and banana slices.
  • Keep frozen. If not enjoying soon, cover loosely with plastic wrap and freeze for up to 1 month.


Source: I followed these instructions for making an ice cream cake

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nutrition information

Yield: 16 slices

amount per serving:

Serving: 1slice Calories: 464kcal Carbohydrates: 52g Protein: 6g Fat: 27g Saturated Fat: 15g Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 80mg Sodium: 211mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 37g
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  1. Nicoletta @sugarlovespices says

    I am so thrilled to be part of this amazing virtual BBQ potluck party! Dessert is my favorite part at a party, and yours is super delicious! I love that it combines cake and ice cream, plus some fruit. How can it get any better 😉 ?? Thanks for putting this up with Erin!

  2. Amy | Club Narwhal says

    Oh girl, this is GENIUS! And putting this in a trifle is the best way to display it in all its gorgeous glory 😉 Thanks so much for organizing this fun BBQ!

  3. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says

    Love, love this combination of two of our Southern classics! Definitely the perfect summer BBQ dessert – everyone will love it! Pinned!
    Thanks, too, for hosting our party – which we could all get together and eat ALL this delicious food!

    • Susannah says

      Thank you, Kathryn! That is my dream too, to make this barbecue a reality! Would be so much fun. Thanks for joining in!

  4. annie@ciaochowbambina says

    I am with you and Kathryn…wouldn’t it be great if we could all get together and share in this magnificent menu! Loving your dessert, my friend! Banana is a favorite of mine so this has my name written all over it! Thank you, again, for hosting our party! 🙂

    • Susannah says

      Aww, thanks Annie! I totally agree. We need to figure this out somehow. Thanks for participating and for your kind words about this recipe!

  5. Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek says

    Ooooh I’ve never made an ice cream cake before! So I think this is the perfect opportunity to start 😉 Thanks for organizing this amazing #greatbloggerBBQ partay! xoxo

    • Susannah says

      Yes! Ice cream cakes are so easy and so fun! You definitely need to try it, Kelsey! Thanks for joining in this fun. <3

  6. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says

    I absolutely love every single thing about this cake! Banana pudding and ice cream all in one cake is genius! Well done, girlfriend!

  7. Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says

    What a great idea!! Who doesn’t love ice-cream cake, especially during the warm Summer months. And who doesn’t love cake? Combine the two and you’ve got a winner! Yum!

  8. Johlene Orton says

    I love the idea of a Banana Pudding Ice Cream cake Susannah!! I know I´ll be trying this recipe in the Summer 🙂
    ps. thanks for the invite to be part of the Great Blogger BBQ! I want to try all the recipes!! 🙂

    • Susannah says

      Thanks for joining us, Johlene! I too want to try all the recipes! Hope we can do another one of these soon.

  9. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says

    OMG, I loooove banana pudding, so turning it into an ice cream cake is an epic idea! This looks AH-MAZING! And dangerous, because I could totally eat the entire thing myself. 🙂 SO good! Thank you so much for organizing the Great Blogger BBQ! Such an honor to be apart of so much deliciousness! Cheers to a fabulous Memorial weekend!

    • Susannah says

      Thanks for joining in this fun, Cheyanne! I just wish we could eat this ice cream cake together! (So neither of us has to eat it all ourselves.)

  10. Erin @ The Speckled Palate says

    Your description of a Southern barbecue warms my heart because it reminds me of all the food I ate growing up at barbecues. Barbecues are different in Louisiana and Texas than they are in Tennessee (mainly… pulled pork. That’s what needs to be made and served. And ribs.) But they’re all so delicious and fun and the best for the summer months.

    While I cannot enjoy your banana pudding ice cream cake, you KNOW both my child and husband will go bonkers over this. And I plan to surprise them with this at some point during the summer months because I cannot wait to see their reaction!

    I’m so thankful we’re friends and pulled so many of our pals together to throw this ultimate Blogger Barbecue! SUCH a great idea, and it’s so fun seeing what everyone brought to the par-tay!

    • Susannah says

      Right? I love Southern barbecues too. I’m sorry you couldn’t much on a slice of this cake but I’d make you your own banana-less version for an IRL barbecue.

      I’m so glad we are friends, too! Our barbecue was such a big hit! Thanks for hosting with me. <3

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