Yeah, you where obviously exaggerating, but I don't find the cake flimsy. The two on connection as become rather lose and can fall out at times though. So that's not good.
I've tried two VE espresso cables, but they both started to sound errors than the stock cake in a short amount of time. Think the connections at the 3.5mm end went bad and started cutting out.
Now I have to look for another cable (no more espresso cables for me). Something a little shorter than stock and no expensive.
You can get the Forza IEM cables at 1. 25m length. The top model hybrid IEM would cost 139€ the copper model would be 99€