Banana Split Cake

Banana split. Ice cream. Sandwich. Cake. My four boyfriends are combined into one. Holly Lofthouse did an amazing job in creating this overly sweet and delicious dessert recipe! Holly’s banana split version has two layers of ice cream sandwiches, with fresh strawberries, bananas and pineapple in between. *cries* “Why are you crying?” I can smell the vanilla ice cream. *cries again* Take a look at the picture. Who wouldn’t cry if you see these four delicious dishes being mixed to create a more luscious dessert?! Right now, I just want to marry this banana split ice cream sandwich cake. *silence* Well, for now, let me just tell you a little bit about the ice cream of this dessert: the vanilla ice cream.

Vanilla is one of the many flavors of ice cream. It is often used as an ice cream flavor in North America and Europe. Vanilla, just like other flavors of ice cream, is originally created by cooling a mixture made of cream, sugar, and vanilla above a container of ice and salt. There are many types of vanilla used in flavoring ice cream. It varies in different countries. In North America, consumers are into a “more prominent, smoky flavor.” In France, they prefer the anise-like taste. According to ‘Iced: 180 Very Cool Concoctions’, as cited by Wikipedia, vanilla ice cream is considered to be the ‘default’ or ‘plain flavor’ by many people.

Aztecs are believed to be the first one to use vanilla. The Spanish explorers in Mexico have come across the Mesoamerican people who include vanilla in their drinks and foods in the 1500’s. When the explorers go back to Spain, they bring with them the vanilla bean. As quoted by Wikipedia, “in Spain, vanilla is used to flavor a chocolate drink that combined cacao beans, vanilla, corn, water, and honey.” In the early 1600’s, the drink spread across Europe. Cacao beans are then excluded in making vanilla. As a result, the French start to add vanilla in their recipes. They begin to use vanilla to flavor French vanilla ice cream. Thomas Jefferson, the former president of the United States, discovers the vanilla flavor in France. He brings the recipe back to US and in the 1780’s. Jefferson then writes his own vanilla ice cream recipe which can be now found at the Library of Congress.

I can’t take it anymore. I need this banana split ice cream sandwich cake right now! What about you? “I don’t only want to eat it. I want to live with it. Forever.” High five! Now it is time for you to enjoy! The link to the recipe is found on the "Life in the Lofthouse" website below.


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