Fruit Roll Up Ribbons1

Welcome to Day 1 of Pennywise Presents.  Here to kick off the series is Karianne from Thistlewood Farms.  This series is all about giving handmade!  Pair strict holiday budgets with a heart to give and that is where Pennywise Presents was born.  Karianne is here to show you how to give something sweet with a beautiful presentation!  This would make a wonderful neighbor or co-worker gift!

Fruit Roll-Up Ribbon Cake

Hi Infarrantly Creative readers!  It’s KariAnne from Thistlewood Farm and I am so excited to be here today with a fun gift idea for the person who has everything.

Do you know someone like that?

You know.

The person with enough candles and bath soaps and picture frames and gloves and scarves and turtleneck sweaters to fill a storage unit.

That person.

The super-hard-to-buy-for-person-because-they-have-everything person.


Why not give them the gift of time spent with you?

A cup of coffee.

A little conversation.

A shared inside joke.

And a piece of cake all tied up with a Fruit Roll-up ribbon.

fruit by the foot project

Present Cake with Fruit Roll-up Ribbon

(just like a fondant ribbon cake…..but way better tasting)


ingredients for a cake gift


White Cake Mix

White Cake Icing

Fruit By the Foot Fruit Roll-ups (Strawberry flavor)



Unfrosted Cake


Step 1:  Bake cake

Bake cake according to directions in a standard loaf pan.

Remove from pan and let cool.

Cut in half.

Each cake mix will make two “Present Cakes.”


Frosted Cake


Step 2:  Frost cake

Using the white icing, frost the cake.

Quick tip:  I used a flat cake spreader dipped in hot water to smooth out icing.


Ribbon On Cake

Step 3: Lay base layer of ribbon cake

Cut two strips of Fruit-by-the-Foot Strawberry Fruit Roll-Up.

Lay each strip on cake in a cross pattern.

Cut ribbon

Step 4: Cut bottom of ribbon

Using a knife cut the excess ribbon away at the end.

Tuck any the ends underneath the cake.

Fruit Roll-Up

Step 5:  Cut strips of Fruit Roll-Up

Cut 4 strips of Fruit Roll-Up approximately 6 inches long

Fold each strip in half and stick the ends through a toothpick.

Ribbons on Cake

Step 6: Add folded strips to top of cake to form base of bow

Insert all folded strips on toothpick into center of cake.

Form a cross and turn diagonally to fill in space between each of the ribbons.

Quick tip:  If you want a little more height, add rolls of Fruit Roll-Up at the base of the ribbon.

Layer of Ribbon

Step 7:  Add next layer

Cut 4 strips of 5″ ribbon.

Fold an repeat step 6.

Turn this layer in a different direction than base layer.

Fruit Roll-up Ribbon Project

Step 8:  Continue adding layers

Repeat step 7 until bow forms into desired shape.

To finish off bow, form a circle of Fruit Roll-Up.

Add to toothpick on the very top.


Fruit Roll-up Printable

Step 9:  Add tag

For the perfect message topper you can simply print off one of these free printables I made just for this project….HERE.

Or you can add your special message for that special someone.

I know they will like it.

Your person who has everything.

After all……who doesn’t like to have their cake……

……and eat it with you 🙂

For more ideas and projects from Thistlewood Farm click on the links below:

Thistlewood Collage

Fall Farmhouse Decorating/Farmhouse Kitchen Stories/Stamped Spoon Handle

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