Banana Split Trifle

banana split trifle

“Splitting Up Together” is the latest show from the great Ellen DeGeneres! It stars Oliver Hudson and Jenna Fischer as a married couple who decide to split up but stay in the same house to raise their children. I am so excited about this show, so of course I felt inspiration for my next TV inspired food in the form of a banana split trifle. This banana split trifle captures that traditional suburban family that’s been shook up by a bunch of drama and trifling, and has now been reinvented into something new modern and fresh. Before we get started, go ahead and subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss a thing!

What’s A Trifle?

A trifle is a lively English dessert that combines different layers of cake, fresh fruit, compote, custard, whipped cream, it really has it all! And it is so beautiful! For the cake, I used my ever popular, Great Grandma Sophia’s Butter Cake. You will bake up a loaf and cut it into chunks. Then, we are taking this a step further by making it a banana split trifle, which means we’re of course going to have bananas, fruit, and hot fudge. Then, I’m also taking it to a new level with homemade fresh pineapple compote and homemade custard. To go along with the step-by-step video demonstration, go here, TRIFLE VIDEO DEMONSTRATION!

The layers of this trifle include: homemade whipped cream, vanilla custard, butter cake chunks, fresh fruit, pineapple compote, and hot fudge. All of these recipes are on the my YouTube Channel and/or this blog, so just search for anything that isn’t found within this post!

Then it is time to assemble your trifle. And for any of you who don’t have a giant trifle dish just lying around, you can find one here! Anchor Hocking Monaco Trifle Bowl.

Splitting Up Together Ellen Degeneres

Layers Of A Trifle

Once you have all of your cake, fruit, and custard ready, make a little assembly line.

layers of a trifle

First, start with a generous layer of whipped cream. Then just spread it around the dish on the bottom. I will warn you, it’s a little bit difficult to get in there, so just remember to turn it and push everything up into the corners and up against the glass!

whipped cream trifle


Second, on top of that whipped cream, put some butter cake chunks. This butter cake was my Great-Grandma Sofia’s recipe. It is incredible and the most searched and looked at blog post I have to this day! And it’s going to be even better in this trifle.

Third, it’s time for some dark rum! I know my Dad just perked up at that! He loves rum! I used a silicon pastry brush to get that rum soaking into the cake. That is will give this banana split trifle extra flavor and depth and booze. And who doesn’t love a boozy dessert! Bananas and rum go together perfectly.

rum soaked cake

Fourth, right on top of that rum soaked cake, add that special pineapple compote that I made. This is a jammy, really deep flavored pineapple compote. It’s s gonna to add a pop of flavor a good surprise in there I will just put all that compote right on this layer since we have so many other things to put on here. that’s gonna go right on top of that. So as you can see, I’ve just pushed the compote right on top of all of that cake. It will soak in and it’s going to be even better than you would have imagined!

Fifth, on top of that, add some custard.  Be really generous with that custard! It’s an important, really delicious layer.

Then, just keep adding layers of whipped cream, cake, custard, fruit, etc. I like to end with a gorgeous layer of whipped cream and homemade hot fudge.


This banana split trifle has so many layers and flavors and surprises, just like “Splitting Up Together! It’s the perfect pop culture mashup!  This banana split trifle is going to be a star of your household!

banana split trifle

Banana Split Trifle

For Custard:

  • 10 egg yolks
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 cup cornstarch
    4 tablespoons butter
    3 cups heavy cream
    1.5 cup whole milk
    2 tsp. vanilla extract
    How-to: In a saucepan, melt butter. Then Add cream and milk. Let it come to a barely a simmer for 10 minutes. Do not overheat or boil this. Meanwhile, whisk eggs with sugar. Get that arm workout and whisk it for a few minutes, until sugar is dissolved. Then whisk in cornstarch. Then, slowly temper your hot cream into the egg mixture, whisking vigorously as you allow a slow stream to flow int bowl. If the mixture seems much too thin, you may put back into saucepan and heat on LOW for another 5 minutes, until thickened. Then refrigerate for a couple of hours. To avoid that unsightly film that develops on custard, push plastic wrap down on the surface of the bowl.

    Pineapple compote:

  • In a saucepan on medium heat, put 4 cups fresh pineapple in small dices, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup water. Heat for 20-30 minutes, smashing down with a masher to break it into a jammy texture. Optional, throw in a splash of dark rum to deepen the flavor. Allow to cool.


  • 5 Bananas, sliced. To prevent browning, toss in pineapple juice.
    1 pint of strawberries, washed and sliced long-wise.
    4 cups of heavy cream, whipped with 4 tablespoons sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form.
    Hot Fudge Sauce. I have a recipe on The Bachelor Breakup Sundae video, on my YouTube, so check it out!
    Raspberries or cherries for garnish.
  • Layer up trifle: one cup of whipped cream, 1/3 of cake, apply an optional soak of rum with a silicon pastry brush. Then put on pineapple compote. Then, custard. Now add bananas. And just keep layering it up as you would like the layers to show against the glass. Make sure to push fruit up against glass. Top with freshly whipped cream and chocolate sauce!
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