This Banana Split cake with strawberries is moist and has a beautiful texture. The fresh strawberries in the sauce are delicious. Literally the icing on the cake. The dollop of whipped cream is optional - but why wouldn't you? 🙂
A trip down memory lane
I guess I would have to say that I'm nostalgic by nature. I try to be in the moment and cherish the memories that are made along the way.
I'm usually awake at the crack of dawn. That is a habit I picked up from working 23 years of retail management. It's also my favourite time of day to sit and write. Typically, I'm at the harvest table in the kitchen. That's for a few reasons. For one, there's a lot of room for me to spread out my notes, day planner, coffee and I have a perfect view of my little potager garden that is waiting to be planted today . I also have a perfect view of the bird feeder. I love to watch the birds come and go.
There is a grackle who has become the bully of the bird playground. The bluejays finally put him in his place and set him packing. He's been terrorizing the feeder for days.
This sure brings back a lot of great memories!
My parents have kept this for all of these years!
I can remember spending hours in the kitchen with this EZ Bake oven. It actually cooked up pretty good little cakes from what I recall!
The small boxes of cake mixes were available in the toy section of the department stores, but that grew old quickly and we moved up to the big leagues. My mom would mix up a Duncan Heinz cake mix and we would spend hours baking cakes and cupcakes.
THEN, we would make frosting.
It was so simple - plug and play. The cookie tins would be pushed in one end, then come out the other fully cooked after about 3 -5 minutes.
I'm going to say it....Oh dear, I'm getting old - 'they don't make toys like this anymore'.
We cut little pieces of waxed paper for the bottom of the pans so that the cake wouldn't stick.
My sister and I would play for hours. I think Aunt Sylvie was there too playing along/supervising us.
Once my brother Billy came along, he was more fascinated with melting whatever he could on the top part that got really hot. 🙂
Does it still work?
I brought it home and unboxed it around 730pm last night.
My son Austin asked if it still worked. I think he was ready to whip up some cake batter and try it out. Austin likes to cook and helped me in the kitchen while I made the Banana Split Cake.
I didn't plug it in because I knew that if it worked I wouldn't be able to resist :).
Oh my! I just plugged it in and it DOES still work. There may be a part two to this story 🙂
Thanks for letting me take that trip down memory lane and I'm so grateful that it was carefully tucked away for all those years. Thanks Mom 🙂
This Banana Split Cake with Strawberry Sauce is REALLY good. Well, that is my humble opinion.
The fresh, local strawberries should be ready soon and this will the the perfect recipe to enjoy them with.
We usually have healthy oatmeal with berries for breakfast, however I will admit I just snuck a small piece of this cake without the sauce and it stands tall on its own without the sauce. 🙂
A few tips about making this Banana Split Cake with Strawberry Sauce
- Always use ripened bananas like the ones in the photo above.
- I had two bunches of leftover banana when I made this recipe. The one of the left is what I would consider a small banana and the one on the right a large one. When I enter a recipe, I will always try to give the cup measurement vs. the banana size. The large one on the right was exactly ½ cup once mashed. It makes a difference to the flavour.
Hot Chocolate Mix for the chocolate part of the cake
Three evelopes of single serve 25g Carnation Hot Chocolate Mix (this is not a sponsored post) added to the ½ cup needed for the recipe. You could use any brand.
The rest of the cake is very straightforward, however I wanted to show a picture of how the chocolate goes into the bundt pan and doesn't go to the edges.
Austin & I were chatting as we were making this cake and I completely forgot to flour the pan after I greased it as you will see in the photo. I highly recommend using the flour because it prevents the cake from sticking.