Are you looking for a quick an easy summertime dessert? Well, I have one for you that is always a hit at my family’s summer get togethers. We call it the party cake and it’s my grandmother’s recipe. She never really gave it a name-but now we did because we were tired of calling it the banana, pineapple, cool whip cake that grandma used to make.
Before giving the ingredients and instructions, I will say you can make this cake as big or small as you like. You can even forgo making the graham cracker crust part and buy the pre-made graham cracker pie to make this even easier. At the end of this post I added a photo collage of instructions just in case you are like me and like more visuals instructions. For these instructions, I will be using an 7×11 glass pan.
Graham Cracker Crust
- 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup of margarine or butter (melted)
- 2 TBS of sugar
- 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
- 2 TSP of vanilla extract
- 1 TBSP of water
- 1 1/2 banana
- 1 can crushed pineapple
- 16 oz of Cool Whip
- 10 oz jar of maraschino cherries
- Sprinkles- lots and lots of sprinkles
Now depending on how many kids you have running around your house, this should only take 30 minutes from start to finish.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST:
- In a bowl, add your graham cracker crumbs, melted margarine/butter and sugar-mix
- Toss the crumb mixture into your 7 x 11 pan and press it down firmly on the bottom of the pan (I like to do the sides of the pan also)
- Let pan chill in the refrigerator while you are making the cream drizzle and find your youngest son’s 1 flip flop that he just has to wear even though he has 3 other pair right in front of him
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CREAM DRIZZLE
- In a small sauce pan add your powdered sugar, vanilla extract and water
- Turn the stove on low and continuously stir until liquefied, making your middle son wait the 2 minutes it takes to do this so that you can fix the WIFI for him
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
- Remove your pan from the refrigerator and pour the cream drizzle over your graham cracker crust while it’s still warm
- Slice you bananas approximately 1/2 inch thick and place them over top
- Go see why your dog is barking like a manic at the front door and then add your drained crushed pineapple and Cool Whip
- Next decorate the top of your cake with maraschino cherries and sprinkles
The thing I love most about this cake is you can suit it to your needs. If you come home from the store to find your oldest son ate all the bananas while you were out shopping, you can substitute the bananas for strawberries. If you completely forgot that you promised to make this cake for a family get together and you are all out of powered sugar, use a little chocolate syrup.
Try it for yourself at your next summer time party or just a sweet treat for your own family.
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