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Banana Royal Ice Cream Cake

September 21, 2012

Happy Friday!  I know everyone says that middle of September is the end of summer; but that’s not the case here in San Diego.  This month has been crazy hot.  Last weekend it was 105 degrees and everyday is consistently at least in the 80s.  The way we beat this heat is with fans, hanging out in the pool, and ice cream – and lots of it! 
One super hot day recently, I wanted to create an ice cream cake to keep us cool.  I didn’t have the time to make an ice cream cake completely from scratch, but what I did have was some ice cream sandwiches on hand.  I ended up coming up with a cake made of layered ice cream sandwiches, whipped cream, and bananas.  The flavors I used resembled a Banana Royal dessert – a dessert made of vanilla ice cream topped with bananas, hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry – so I ended up calling this a Banana Royal Ice Cream cake.
For added sweetness, I drizzled caramel sauce on top of each slice.  But of course this isn’t necessary. 
This cake is easy and uses very simple ingredients.  It’s the perfect ice cream cake that will impress everyone without having to much work into it. 

Banana Royal Ice Cream Cake
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Makes: 1 6-Layer Cake
9 Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches, Very Cold
3 Bananas, Sliced into coins
1¾ cups Whipped Cream, Homemade or Store-bought, Divided
3 Maraschino Cherries, for Topping
Caramel Sauce, for Topping (Optional)
Place a serving plate in the freezer to quickly chill.  Remove from the freezer and place 4 ice cream sandwiches side-by-side in a row on the platter.  Scoop ¾ cups of whipped cream on top of the ice cream sandwiches and spread it until it reaches the end.  Layer the sliced bananas on the complete surface of the whipped cream. 
Repeat the above steps creating another layer of 4 ice cream sandwiches, ¾ cups of whipped cream, and sliced bananas.  Instead of covering the top surface with bananas, just line the edges with the bananas and leave the center plain. 
Cut the last ice cream sandwich into small cubes and place them on the center of the cake inside of the bananas.  Dollop the remaining whipped cream on top of the ice cream sandwiches.  Top with the maraschino cherries. 
Place the cake in the freezer to chill, about 2-3 hours. 
Once the cake is firm, slice into pieces and top with caramel sauce if desired.  Serve immediately.

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  • Christina September 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I’d eat this even if it was snowing! 🙂

  • Averie Cooks September 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Now THIS is a cake – gorgeous layers!

  • Audra September 22, 2012 at 2:56 am

    I love this cake Krissy! It looks like the perfect last minute cake that would be so impressive for a party!

  • Melissa September 22, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Yummy! Where was I when you made this and why did I not have any?!?!

  • Anna @ Hidden Ponies September 22, 2012 at 6:52 am

    On a hot day easy is exactly what I want from my dessert! This looks great!

  • Yasmeen September 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I can just imagine the look on my husband’s face when I try this out for him. He’ll flip!! Great share 🙂

  • Sally September 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    a layered cake made from ice cream sandwiches.. does it really get any easier? this is a real show-stopped, with minimal effort. that’s what I try to go for when i’m making something for others!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet September 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    This looks amazing, I love how simple it is!