Costco’s sheet cakes get lost in the shuffle as the big-box store’s free samples and dirt-cheap drinks take centre stage. However, if you look closely, you’ll notice a group of shoppers who are enamoured with the bakery section’s cakes. Here’s what you should know before joining the groupies.
They’re insanely cheap.
Ordering a half-sheet cake from Costco will cost you less than $20—$18.99 to be exact. Even if you made one yourself, you probably couldn’t beat that pricing. It also outperforms the competition: a similar-sized cake from BJ’s, another big-box retailer, costs $24, while Walmart’s costs nearly $25. Costco discontinued these in 2020, so you’ll have to ask for them or order ahead of time.
Costco cakes feed a large number of people.
With just one of Costco’s half-sheet cakes, you can feed 48 people. When the cuts are done and the pieces are distributed, you’ve only paid 39 cents per person.
A Costco cake is heavier than a newborn baby.
If you put your half-sheet cake on a scale, it would weigh around nine and a half pounds. Two of those pounds, according to Costco’s order form, are the mousse filling for the cake.
Only two flavours are available.
You can choose between a white cake (sometimes known as vanilla) and a chocolate cake at Costco. The first is a vanilla sheet cake frosted with white buttercream and filled with vanilla cheesecake mousse. Chocolate sheet cake, chocolate mousse filling, and chocolate buttercream icing make up the latter.
Previously, customers had more options.
Costco used to sell a carrot cake sheet cake with apricot mousse filling and cream cheese icing dusted with slivered almonds. There are even more options internationally: Costco Australia lets you mix and match a raspberry filling with either chocolate or vanilla sponge cake.
A Costco cake can be taken home right away.
Costco’s bakery aisle is stocked with ready-made sheet cakes, some simple, others with birthday inscriptions, and some with colourful patterns for the holidays.
However, bespoke orders necessitate planning ahead of time.
Allow bakers a day or two to create something special, such as a complex design or a personalised message.
Bakers can embellish their creations in a variety of ways.
There are approximately 30 designs to choose from on the sheet cake order form. There are the traditional options, such as balloons or roses, as well as some more unusual options, such as a pirate ship, a skateboard, or a party owl… whatever that means.
The dinosaur design was the subject of a controversy.
The Inquisitr reported in 2015 that a lady complained that the dinosaur on her child’s birthday cake had just three legs, each of which looked like the number “6.” She said bakers purposefully buried the evil “666” message in the cake. However, further investigation revealed that the piece was authored by the mother-in-boyfriend, question’s and the Costco location at the focus of the story acknowledged that no complaints had been filed.
They’re the ideal blank canvas.
Costco’s sheet cakes can appear remarkably basic no matter how you slice them, so at-home bakers have turned to customising them. You can buy a cake that has only been frosted with a base layer and then decorate it yourself.