How to make banana ice cream cake
Banana Icebox Cake is an easy no-bake confection that tastes like deconstructed banana cream pie. Layers of chilled or frozen fresh graham cracker, creamy pudding and whipped cream into a deliciously delicious dessert.
PREP TIME: 15 minutes | COOKING TIME: 6 hrs | TOTAL TIME: 6h15 | DISH: Dessert | KITCHEN: American | SERVINGS: 15 SERVINGS
6.8 ounces (2 x 3.4 ounce cans) instant banana cream pudding mix
3 cups cold milk
16 ounces (2 x 8-ounce containers) whipped topping
3 pockets of graham crackers
sliced fresh bananas for garnish
In a large bowl, add the banana cream mixture and milk, whisk until combined, then continue to mix until it begins to thicken, about 1 minute.
Stir in 1 container whipped topping. Put aside.
Place 1/4 of the graham crackers in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. You may need to break some of the graham crackers to fit.
Add ⅓ of the pudding mixture on top and smooth. Repeat 2 more times. Add the last of the graham crackers on top, you’ll have a few small bits left over, but that’s okay, save them for topping if you like.
Smooth the remaining container of whipped topping so that none of the graham crackers are exposed. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, or even better overnight.
Top with some of the leftover graham cracker crush and fresh banana slices if desired, slice and serve.
To store: Store your iced cake in the refrigerator for up to 4 days covered with plastic wrap.
To freeze: This cooler cake freezes well for up to 3 months. It is also delicious served lightly iced.
This cake needs to sit for at least 6 hours for the pudding mixture to set and the graham crackers to absorb the pudding/whipped topping and become soft.
For easy slicing, run a sharp knife under hot water and dry completely. The metal will retain the heat and allow it to slide easily through the layers.
Make sure your bananas are ripe bananas for garnish. Otherwise, the slices will be too firm and not sweet enough to pair with the dessert.
An offset spatula is a perfect tool for smoothing out each layer in the mold.