Vegan Banana Split Cake

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I’m assuming I’m not the only one out there who has seen the Ben & Jerry’s documentary. But I may be the only person out there who has watched it twice… in one night … back to back… 😉

I watched it twice, not because I am obsessed with Chunky Monkey or was jones-ing for Cherry Garcia. I watched it twice because it was one of the most inspiring stories I had heard in a really long time. I won’t give it all away (I highly recommend watching it for yourselves!) but I will say this–I was particularly inspired by Ben’s and Jerry’s motivations to mix social activism and profitability. It is a question my friends in Durham and I have asked ourselves, in one form or another, many times… is social responsibility antithetical to profit? I’m pretty sure I know how both Ben and Jerry would answer that question now that I’ve learned not only about their rise to ice cream stardom, but also about their astute and incredibly admirable business model.

So, as an ode to my fellow New Englanders who have pushed my thinking about what profit means and what profit (with the right mindset) can achieve, I baked a cake. (I know, you were waiting to hear me say that I made ice cream, but I still do not have an ice cream maker!). But I didn’t make just any cake. I made a cake that pays tribute to my favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor–banana split! I adapted my hummingbird cake recipe slightly and doused each slice with whipped coconut cream, which gave the already moist cake a tres leches-esque feel. Oh and did I mention–it’s vegan!!!! 😀

Vegan Banana Split Cake (Printable Recipe)

Cake Ingredients:

3/4 cup Earth Balance (softened)

1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)

1 8 oz. container vegan yogurt (vanilla, strawberry banana, or pineapple)

1/3 cup light coconut milk

2 ripe bananas (smashed)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped walnuts (lightly toasted)

1 cup drained crushed pineapple

1/2 cup pineapple juice

2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup coconut flour

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Cake Method:

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 2 9″ round cake pans. Set aside. Sift flours, white sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon into a large bowl. Set aside. Smash bananas. Beat Earth Balance, brown sugar, yogurt, coconut milk, pineapple, pineapple juice, vanilla extract, smashed bananas, and walnuts.

*Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients in three batches. Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake approximately 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out completely clean. Let the cakes cool completely.

Topping/Filling Ingredients:

1 cup strawberries–sliced

1-2 bananas–sliced

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup walnuts–chopped

maraschino cherries

1 can coconut milk (cream only)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup powdered sugar

favorite vanilla icing


*Put coconut milk in the fridge at least two hours ahead of time. When ready to assemble, scoop out just the cream from the coconut milk, leaving the liquid behind. Beat the coconut cream with the vanilla extract and powdered sugar until creamy. The mixture will resemble a soft whipped cream. (See this post for more details on whipping coconut cream).

*Place one cake round on cake stand. Spoon approx. 1/4 cup of whipped coconut cream on to the top of the first cake round. Add sliced strawberries and sliced bananas to the coconut cream topped cake. Reserve the remaining coconut cream. Place the second cake round on top. Frost the entire cake with vanilla icing. Top the cake with maraschino cherries. Add sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, walnuts, and chocolate chips around the cake for garnish. Serve with additional coconut cream drizzled on top!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Looks awesome!

  2. Looks fabulous! Love the filling of fresh fruit!

  3. Looks great. Some of the best cake recipes are vegan!

  4. What a beautiful cake, Tiffany!! I will take one huge slice with a glass of milk please!!

  5. Super cute cake! I totally want to see the ben and jerry’s documentary! Great job lady. =)

  6. This cake looks delicious! I loved the Vegan version with cocnut cream!!

  7. Your cake looks wonderful, I would have never guessed it was vegan! I’ve got to track that movie down, it sounds really good (but of course, I would need some chunky monkey to go along with it!)

  8. whoohoo for vegan baking! this looks delicious! love the banana flavored cake. 🙂 i haven’t watched the doc about ben and jerrys yet~

  9. This cakes look amazing – vegan or not!

  10. Lovely cake..

  11. I’m gonna LOVES this cake!!
    all the ingredients is check to my flavor & the process is look simple even the finished cakes look so “difficult” to make… well, I’m a lreaning baker so I’ll always try to bake a simple but tasty one + healthy & ur post it’s one I’ll make someday… tq for sharing the recipe tif! 🙂
    Lovely… tasty… simple banana spit cake! Bookmark & buzzed! 😉

  12. The cake looks awesome! And yeah, Ben & Jerry rock for running a business with a social conscience. Great post!

  13. Tiffany, this looks incredible. Coconut, strawbs, banana and my favourite – marachino cherries! Sheer bliss. What an idyllic way to eat fruit! I’ll easily take 5 slices a day.
    I’ll need to look out for this documentary – sounds intriguing.

  14. Amazing cake Tiffany, wonderfully decorated with nice color from the cherries.

  15. Really impressive cake, esp with coconut and pineapples in it.

  16. You’re sending me into a sweet tooth frenzy!! I love, love, love that you put all that good stuff in the filling. What a great adaptation to an already great recipe. Please tell me you saved a slice for me.

  17. Happy blogaversary!…Gorgeous and super yummy cake!

  18. The recipe looks like it will yield a fantastically moist cake. I do so love fruity cakes!

  19. We actually just watched the Ben & Jerry’s documentary last night! And you’re right – it’s completely inspiring! And this cake looks absolutely delicious =)

  20. This looks so awesome — and if you never mentioned vegan, I doubt many would stop devouring their piece to ask. Happy Bday! Theresa

  21. Oh I haven’t seen that! Checking Netflix right now… AWESOME CAKE by the way! You had my heart at pineapple juice.

  22. I haven’t even heard of the documentary, but I’ll have to check it out. I’m kind of addicted to food documentraries at the moment! You should write some ice cream maker company a pitch and see if they’d let you do a review and a giveaway, and then maybe score yourself an ice cream maker! What’s the worst they could do? Say no? The cake looks beautiful!

  23. Oh wow! This great. So awesome that it is Vegan!

  24. Great cake, Tiffany! And congrats for making the Top 9 today! 🙂

  25. omg it looks so dense. i already feel full looking at it.

  26. I didn’t know there was a Ben and Jerry’s documentary. Sounds like a good one. And this cake looks phenomenal!

  27. LOVE this Tiffany! Looks so amazing and I love that you based it off your favorite Ben and Jerrys flavor. I have been wanting to make cupcakes inspired my favorite flavor, Phish Food. You have inspired me to make it happen!

  28. Hi Tiffany! Awesome looking cake, I’ve never baked vegan, but this cake inspires me. Congrats on T-9!

  29. Look at you hanging out in the Top 9!! You go girl!

  30. Oh wow…what a great cake…love your photos! Congrats on top 9!!!

  31. Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!

  32. Just beautiful!!! And what a surprise to find a layer of delicious fruit in the middle 🙂

  33. I had to check this one out after seeing the photos on FB! It looks awesome, but more importantly, it sounds delicious! Look at all those wonderful layers of goodness! Hope you enjoyed it…I would have had it devoured in no time ;)! PS, love the idea of a banana split transformed into a cake!

  34. That looks amazing and I can’t believe it’s vegan! It’s been too long since I made a cake but it’s my 1 year bloversary soon and I am thinking about it, congrats on another beautiful TOP 9, you’re a star!!

  35. Wonderful-…

  36. Tiffany this cake looks great! I love any cake that calls for crushed pineapple in it, and a coconut cream filling – yum!!

  37. This cake looks awesome. Are you sure you don’t want to move back to Durham, so you can designate me as your official taste tester?

  38. Oh my goodness, this looks so decadent and delicious. I definitely have to try this. Gorgeous cake!

  39. Love the filling of fresh fruit

  40. Que delicia menina!I love this cake. I better try it soon. Thanks for sharing!

  41. Oh Tiff! This is such a beautiful cake!!! And I am sure it must taste fantastic! I love the look of that banana and strawberry layer!!! mmmmmmm :-))))

  42. Truly Top 9 worthy! If a cake is as gorgeous as that, I don’t care at all whether it’s vegan or not!

  43. Looks delicious. I tried coconut milk recently & was surprised that it wasn’t very sweet.
    Nice post!

  44. I know nothing about this documentary, but now I NEED to! Thank you for spreading the word on how important it is to put the important things first (not profit and money).

    Congratulations on your #fbz nomination. I’m happy that the blog roll of nominees lead me to you your site. I look forward to coming back soon. I’ll be casting my vote for you.

  45. Good job on that. I never had vegan cake before .. but looking at this .. I am so tempted!

  46. What a pretty cake! Hope you win the award, Tiffany. 🙂 Hugs.

  47. Tiffany,

    That cake is a dream. It brings back a memory of the light, whimsical cakes that my aunt made for special occasions. The weather is turning cool and I will feel like baking soon (I hope). Your Vegan Banana Split Cake recipe is the challenge that just might spur me on. Keep inspiring us.