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I think red, white, and blue is my favorite color combination. Especially when it comes to food!

Red Velvet Fruit Pizza - a giant pizza cookie made from cake mix and topped with cream cheese whipped cream and fruit. It's the perfect potluck recipe!

Last week Jordan had to square dance with a BOY at her school’s open house night. It was a huge deal, and I mean, it should be. Boys are totally gross! (According to her, anyway.)

It’s a 4th grade tradition, the square dance. They talk about it all year, wonder who they’ll get paired with, and hope that the rules will be changed and they can dance with girls instead. <–That didn’t happen.

Weeks of practice, weeks of “touching” a boy and the big night arrived…to the worst thunderstorm in 3 years. But that didn’t matter, the principal nor the PE teachers were deterred. We all stood out there, waiting for the impending flood, watching the lightening show AND our kids square dance.

(Because that’s not unsafe AT ALL, right? Meanwhile, I’m standing there hunching down with my umbrella, trying to be lower than that guy over there with his umbrella so the lightening doesn’t strike me, and other parents are just clapping and waving their littles on to play on the metal play structure.)

Jordan survived her square dancing. At least the torrential rain held off until the second it was done, literally.

Red Velvet Fruit Pizza - a giant pizza cookie made from cake mix and topped with cream cheese whipped cream and fruit. It's the perfect potluck recipe!

Square dancing reminds me of summer, BBQ, and the 4th of July. Those things remind me of how pretty red, white, and blue looks together. I think it’s my favorite color combination and I wish that it was socially acceptable to dress like an American flag all year round because if it was I totally would.

I know you’re thinking Dorothy, it’s May. The 4th of July is over a month away! And you’re right. But since we live in a fast-forwarding time machine, Independence Day will likely be here tomorrow and this weekend is Memorial Day!

I think of Memorial Day as a precursor to the 4th. It’s a warm-up for all that red, white, and blue wearing…and eating. Also, I like to celebrate because my dad is a veteran, and so was my step-father in-law. (#GoNavy)

This Red Velvet Fruit Pizza is the perfect way to celebrate any holiday. If you decorate it with strawberries and blueberries it’s perfect for any day you want a red, white, and blue firework on your counter.

For me? That’s every day.

Red Velvet Fruit Pizza

The cookie pizza is easy; it starts with a cake mix. You don’t use the ingredients called for on the box. Instead use a stick of butter and and egg to make a thick dough (like you’re making a gooey bar). Then you press it into the bottom of a 12-13″ pizza pan. (Mine is 12.5″.)

Now, if you don’t like red velvet, don’t worry. This same method will work with ANY flavor cake mix or brownie mix!

Once it’s baked and cooled you top it with a cream cheese whipped cream topping – be careful not to eat the entire bowl of that with a spoon, BTW – and then use your favorite fruit to make a pretty pattern.

You’re not limited to strawberries and blueberries. Try raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, mango, grapes, bananas…any combo you like. This is also a great way to use up that almost-ready-to-go-bad fruit in your fridge.

Red Velvet Fruit Pizza - a giant pizza cookie made from cake mix and topped with cream cheese whipped cream and fruit. It's the perfect potluck recipe!

And it’s kind of a nice way to celebrate America and our veterans. Thank you for all you do!

Now let’s eat cookie fruit pizzas!

Overhead shot of red velvet fruit pizza with strawberries and blueberries

Red Velvet Fruit Pizza

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This Red Velvet Fruit Pizza is a giant cookie made with your favorite cake mix and topped with a cream cheese whipped cream and fresh fruit.
Yield 10 -12 servings


  • 1 16-18 ounce box cake mix (I used red velvet, use your favorite flavor)
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups whipped topping or sweetened fresh whipped cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a pizza pan (12-13” diameter) with cooking spray. If you don’t have a pizza pan you can use a 9” round pan or a 9x13” pan but baking times will be affected.
  • Use a hand or a stand mixer to mix the cake mix, butter, and egg. It takes a few minutes, depending on your mixer, for the ingredients to come together in a thick dough. Press the dough into the bottom of your prepared pan.
  • Bake for about 8-10 minutes until the cookie loses it’s glossy sheen. Cool completely before continuing.
  • To make the topping, mix the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla with a hand mixer until smooth. Fold in whipped topping by hand. Spread on cooled pizza cookie. Top with fruit in desired pattern.
  • Once fully assembled, this should be eaten the same day it’s made. You can make the cookie up to 2 days before serving and wrap it well with plastic wrap.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate


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Last Updated on May 20, 2020

Dorothy Kern

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  1. We did the May Pole Dance every year and it was much anticipated/dreaded! I’m sure Jordan did great! This pizza looks so awesome and festive!

  2. YUM I love fruit pizza!! And red velvet?! Omg.. I remember having to do the square dancing in school, oh my gosh how embarassing, touching a boy and all! Getting covered in cooties 🙂

  3. oh my gawd, I love the square dancing story!!! well, not the part about the thunderstorm but you know what I mean. My Phoebe just turned 8 and I think they think of the boys as their friends but yeah I’m sure she would think touching a boy and dancing with a boy would be gross.  . I can’t wait for her first school dance . . wait, did I just say that?! I take that back! 🙂 I’m all onboard for red, white and blue for Memorial Day weekend! this is the perfect dessert pizza and there’s red velvet! love this, Dorothy! 

  4. Ugh – I hated the square dance curriculum during physical education. It was the WORST because we hated dancing with the boys (I can vouch that most of them were pretty gross at the time – ha ha). I’d much rather be eating this beautiful red velvet fruit pizza instead! 🙂

  5. I love the patriotic theme! And cake mix bases, a la gooey bar style with the egg and stick of butter, love them and so versatile. I would inhale this but it’s fruit so it’s healthy, right 🙂

  6. This red velvet pizza is calling my name for breakfast! It has fruit, so that counts, right? This looks amazing and so easy to make! Pinned!

  7. I remember have a Pow-Wow and doing Native American tribal dances, but I don’t remember ever having to square dance. There are two types of desserts that I can’t control myself around…the first is Carrot Cake and the second is Red Velvet. This is the perfect way to celebrate Memorial Day or July 4th! 

  8. People still square dance? In 4th grade? With BOYS?! That is some crazy talk, Dorothy. And it’s not worth risking your life over! Way to hunch down low. Let that tall guy get all juiced up when lightning hits.
    This is a gorgeous Memorial Day cookie pizza! And the 4th will be here soon enough…and time is passing. Sigh.

    1. Right? I just think it’s so funny that things like common core take over but square dancing stays. Ha!!