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Flip-Flop Cakes

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
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To finish, press candy buttons into sides of cakes; sprinkle cracker crumbs on board to form sand. Store in the refrigerator.
Editor's Note
Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit

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  • peachynonni
    Jul 24, 2013

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

  • pagwife1
    Dec 29, 2012

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

  • Judy1219
    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
    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

  • KSB1
    Aug 19, 2009

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  • yrv31
    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
    Aug 14, 2009

    Thank you so much for the idea.

  • cookie325
    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.

  • ab rose
    Aug 7, 2009

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  • melebev
    Aug 6, 2009

    Where do I get the flip flop pattern??