How to make a present cake with fruit roll up

What do you get the person who has everything for Christmas?

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 present cake all tied up with a Fruit Roll-up ribbon.

Present cake with fruit roll up ribbon

Present Cake with Fruit Roll-up Ribbon

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

All the ingredients you'll need to make the present cake with ribbon


White Cake Mix

White Cake Icing

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



Step 1- bake the 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.”

Step 2- frost the 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 the icing.

Step 3- lay base layer of ribbon

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.

Step 4: Cut bottom of ribbon

Cut the excess ribbon away at the end with scissors.

Tuck any extra ends underneath the cake.

Cut 4 strips of 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.

Add folded strips to cake to create the bow

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

Insert all folded strips on toothpick into the center of the 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.

Repeat the last step to add more ribbon

Step 7:  Add next layer

Cut 4 strips of 5″ ribbon.

Fold and repeat step 6.

Turn this layer in a different direction than the base layer.

Keep adding fruit roll up until the bow is the size you like

Step 8:  Continue adding layers

Repeat step 7 until bow forms the desired shape.

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

Add to the toothpick on the very top.

Printable gift tags

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 wouldn’t like to have their cake……

……and eat it with you 🙂

This book makes a great Christmas gift

PS  You know what else makes an amazing Christmas gift?

This book.

It will make you laugh and cry and giggle and discover how amazing YOU truly are.

And the best part?

It’s on sale right now for 38% off just in time for Christmas.

You can order one for yourself and your five closest friends here. 🙂

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  1. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Aw, what a cute present, um, cake that is! Love the easy-peasy bow. Adorable! Your book is definitely a great present to give to anyone needing encouragement and a good laugh. You're the best! Happy week, sweet friend!

  2. Image for Debi Debi

    What a great idea. Presentation is everything!! And I love that you make 2 cakes out one mix.........especially nice for small families or singles. OR those of us too tempted by sweets who would eat the whole thing!!!!

  3. Image for Vivian Vivian

    The cake looks amazing and easy to make. What a great gift to give neighbors!! I just ordered 3 of your book, So close to amazing. I will be giving it to two of my very best friends, and of course I have to keep one for myself. I can't wait to curl up with a warm throw, a big mug of hot cocoa and your book. I hope you and your family have a very blessed and Merry Christmas!!

  4. Image for Leslie Ann Hoyt Leslie Ann Hoyt

    I’m a baker. Have baked or several cafes and made many wedding cakes/cupcakes, birthday and character cakes, but this takes the cake. Cute. Simple. Fun. I’m adding it to my repertoire and I’m blaming you. 😜 Thank you! My dear friend (and yours) Patricia Krank has a copy of your book (obviously) and I started reading buts of it when I was at her home, staging it to sell. I need a copy or five, yes. Bless you. So glad there’s a YOU.

  5. Image for Deby Deby

    KariAnne, I so enjoy your blog! And I just ordered two of your books for Christmas presents. Hope someone thinks to give one to me. ha! You're lovely. A merry Christmas to you and your family. :)

  6. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Just thought I would let you know that after reading yesterday’s post I went to Lowe’s and Home Depot to find a little $10 tree like you showed. Cheapest I could find was a Norfolk Pine for $20! Guess prices in Texas are better!😁

  7. Image for Anita roth Anita roth

    The cake as a present is too cute ! I have read your book it is truly amazing ! It totally changed my life! Such an inspiration! God bless!

  8. Image for Jan Jan

    KariAnne, just finished your book and loved it. So glad I can to your book signing. Your blog is fabulous and look forward to reading your new posts🎄

  9. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Okay, this may simply be the cutest cake I have ever seen in my life. The best part? It looks easy. Who wouldn't love some fruit roll ups? P.S. I just wrapped some copies of your book up for gifts. That's amazing too. Nancy from Slightly Coastal

  10. Image for Jenifer Scherlin Jenifer Scherlin

    This looks so cute - I'm tempted to bake a couple recipes and have them down the center of my table as decorations! Wouldn't that be cute to have four little cakes lined up as a centerpiece?

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