In the Bender Kitchen: Tips for the Perfect Bungalow Cake


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – August is a great time to impress your friends during pool parties and back to school celebrations with a delicious Bungalow cake. Owner of Julia’s Baker Jeffery Chandler shares the recipe for the light and fruity treat.


  • Two  8” diameter cake layers
    (Can be vanilla or chocolate)
    Use any cake  mix or recipe.
  • 6 Bananas
    1 pint strawberries
    4 oz of strawberry filling (optional)
    2 pints cream (fully whipped)


  • Horizontally split the cake layers, and trim the high spots to level the cake.
  • Place one split cake layer on a dish or cake server.
  • Spread a small amount of whipped cream on the first layer of cake.
  • Peel bananas and place around the inside perimeter of the cake.  Chop strawberries and place in the middle, and add a few slices of chopped bananas.  Cover the chopped fruits with about 2 oz of strawberry filling (optional).  Spread a small amount of whipped cream on top of the fruit fillings as a binder.
  • Place another layer of cake on top of this, and set another layer of  whipped cream and bananas,  this time use a horizontally split rim of bananas (or half thick bananas) so the top layer of filling will not be too high,  and begin the next layer of filling.  The top layer of filling will be the same as the first, but should be slightly thinner.   Place the top layer of cake on the filling layer.
  • There may be one split layer of cake leftover, depending on the thickness of the cakes.
  • Try to avoid making the cake too tall, as it will be difficult to serve.
  • Gently press the top to set and level the cake.  If any bananas are sticking out from the sides, simply push them in.  Make sure the top is level, and the sides are vertical.
  • Now you can frost the cake with the remaining whipped cream.   Trim and decorate as you desire.
  • You can put butter cream roses, or fresh strawberries on top.

For variation, you can add or substitute other fruits such as  blueberries, raspberries into the filling.

Tips: Bake the cake layers the day before, wrap in plastic and chill.  This will make it much easier to assemble than cake which is too fresh.
After the cake is filled, skim a thin-smooth coat of whipped cream on the sides, and chill the cake for an hour or two before you apply the final coating of whipped cream.  This makes it easier to frost and decorate.


More information:

Julia’s Bakery has been in business for more than 25 years. In order to achieve and maintain a high level of customer service, Julia’s Bakery always has a friendly and helpful staff to help move freshly baked goods from the kitchen to their clients’ homes. Their staff will also help with any questions and suggestions for designs and ideas for cakes.

Visit Julia’s Bakery at 560 Boston Post Road in Orange.

Visit for more information.


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