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Flip-Flop Cakes Recipe

Flip-Flop Cakes Recipe

I made this cake for a summer birthday party—it would be fun for a beach party or any summer get-together. You could also set a pair of sunglasses on the graham cracker "sand."—Renae Calkins, Owosso, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 2 hours Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon meringue powder
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • Pink, blue, yellow and green paste food coloring
  • 4 pieces red rope licorice
  • Candy buttons
  • Graham cracker crumbs


  • 1. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with waxed paper and grease the paper; set aside. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake according to package directions. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 2. Trace flip-flop pattern onto waxed paper; cut out. Arrange pattern over cake; with a sharp knife, cut out. Flip pattern and cut out a second flip-flop. Discard scraps. Transfer cakes to a covered cake board.
  • 3. For frosting, in a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and meringue powder. In the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer, combine the shortening, butter, milk and vanilla. Beat in sugar mixture.
  • 4. Tint 1 cup frosting pink; frost tops of cakes. Tint 1 cup frosting blue; frost sides of cakes. Insert licorice ends into cakes to form straps of flip-flops.
  • 5. Tint 1/4 cup frosting yellow. Using a #4 round tip, pipe decorative lines on top of shoes. Using a #17 star tip, pipe rosettes where straps meet. Tint remaining frosting green. Using a #352 leaf tip, pipe leaves around rosettes.
  • 6. To finish, press candy buttons into sides of cakes; sprinkle cracker crumbs on board to form sand. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit

Reviews for Flip-Flop Cakes

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peachynonni User ID: 4215913 170460
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"This is perfect for my granddaughter. How cute is this and how easy it was!"

pagwife1 User ID: 3146556 210938
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"Fun and easy to make. My daughter and her friends loved it!"

Judy1219 User ID: 5307636 144718
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"I actually used the Hot Milk cake recipe for the cake and added goldfish to the beach sand. It was a hit with both children and adults"

Denazink User ID: 4530735 100350
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2010

"This cake was great fun to make. Easy as well. I'm not a cake maker or decorator but pulled this on off just fine. Was a little bewildered as to where to find food coloring paste and meringue powder (Micheal's for both) Such a adorable idea. Thanks TOH"

yrv31 User ID: 3858306 165646
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2009

"i love this for a end of summer party that my girls wanted to do.. and for a back to school fun time party.. i going to have my girls do them up and have everyone were flip flops to the party.. thanks so much yrv"

snarff User ID: 3870784 100777
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2009

"Thank you so much for the idea."

cookie325 User ID: 2249678 167354
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2009

"Flip-flop pattern: Take a real flip-flop, put it on a piece of paper and trace it. If it is too small/large to make two on your cake--enlarge or decrease it to the size you want. No flip-flop?? Trace your foot on a piece of paper--just don't outline the toes--just draw a curve from the big toe to the smallest toe."

melebev User ID: 1523539 182716
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2009

"Where do I get the flip flop pattern??"

snarff User ID: 3870784 170459
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009

"This looks like such a fun cake for a summer get together, but where do you get the flip-flop pattern?"

crevitsky User ID: 3589831 167352
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2009

"I am going to a progressive dinner on 8 party boats this coming week-end... this is going to be great to take"

bunz1951 User ID: 2558942 210937
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2009

"I will make this for my granddaughter,s birthday she will LOVE it"

crazymuffyhead User ID: 4103589 181915
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2009

"This is such a darling idea."

Marketing User ID: 3031298 170458
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2009

"A PDF of the flip-flop pattern can be downloaded at"

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