My son is obsessed with fruit roll ups in all their forms and colors. He is probably so enamoured with these leathery treats because I don't usually buy them. So, he went through the roof recently when I bought several boxes of these colorful sheets and had all his hopes dashed when he realized that I was using them to make flowers for cupcakes. The flowers are kind of retro and pom pom looking but can be lovely additions to any type of cake or cupcakes from elegant croquembouche stacks to smooth fondant tiers.
All you need to make these hollyhocks appearing blooms are fruit roll ups, round cookie cutters, water, a paintbrush and medium gauge wire. You need to cut the fruit roll ups into rounds and then pinch the sides of the round into the center creating a loose "X" shape. Make at least 5 fruit roll up X's and them press them all together at the points to create a puffy bloom using a bit of brushed water to make the points extra sticky. Use the wire to hold the openings in the bloom open and set them aside to dry overnight at least. Attach the flowers to your cake design with a little dab of icing and enjoy!
My son was thrilled to eat all the leftover scraps of fruit roll up but you can throw out the excess if you don't have an eager helper.