It was Dave’s birthday this weekend, so I got him something he’s been wanting for a long time now: a Costco cake. Now, you might be laughing thinking that there is no way that he’s actually been hoping for one, but you’d be so wrong. Every week for at least a month he’s been hinting or just out and out saying he wanted a cake from Costco for his birthday. So, I finally gave in and got him one. [ I should explain here that I wasn't hesitant because of the taste or quality but more the qunatity. That's a whole lot of cake to consume.]
We got him one of the generic sheet cakes that they put out for people like me that didn’t plan ahead to get a giant cake. We went with the chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting, and chocolate mousse filling. It had some pretty flowers on it and a nice design but let’s face it, all that chocolate was the real draw. So, finally, after all this time of hearing from everyone how great the Costco bakery cakes are, we finally got to judge for ourselves. Turns out no one was fibbing even a little bit when they gushed about the yummy cakes at Costco.
The cake itself is moist and has a nice flavor that is chocolaty but not too sweet. I’m amazed at the moistness of the cake because usually when you buy a cake at the grocery store, or even some bakeries, they’re more on the dry side or totally Sahara-like. And then there’s the frosting: delicious! I’m not even a frosting person and I thought that it was great. It was light and fluffy with a great taste and most importantly not so sweet you have a headache after eating it. Really, that sickeningly, cloying, over-sweet frosting that most places put on their cakes it just completely uncalled for. Don’t they taste it and realize that it is horrible? The other thing it didn’t have that a lot of commercial bakeries seem to have problems with is that greasy, slick frosting; you know, it feels like you’ve eaten some Vaseline with your cake instead of frosting.
Lastly, but not least for sure, there’s the delicious filling that you’ll find between the layers of your moist Costco cake. It’s not just a thin little layer that you can barely see, it’s a big thick layer (like 1/2 an inch at least) of this light and yummy chocolate mousse. Costco says that they put an amazing 2 pounds of filling in each cake! It’s such a better filling than frosting too because it adds another texture and taste to the cake, which of course just makes it that much better.
So, all in all, I must say that this was a great cake. It’s even better if you realize that it is only $16.99 and can feed a bunch of people. Depending on the size of your slices, I think you could get some place between 30 to 60 pieces out of one of these cakes. That would be $0.56 to $0.28 per serving. The official word from Costco is that there are 48 servings; that would be $0.35 per serving. So, with that many servings, you might be wondering what the heck we did with all that cake. Well, we didn’t eat it all. We cut a few pieces off it and then put the rest in the freezer. We ended up cutting it all and then freezing it like that so it would be good and frozen before we wrapped up the individual pieces and put them in a Ziploc bag so that we can pull out a piece or two at a time. I’ve heard that the cake maintains its moist and delicious taste even after freezing, so I’m expecting good results from the freezing. I imagine that it is like the Costco cupcakes (so good) that we froze and still thought were outstanding when we thawed them out.
If you would like to order your own cake, it seems pretty easy. They have a form that you can fill out at your local Costco and a box to drop it in. Unfortunately, the Costco website doesn’t have much information regarding their bakery but they do have some images of designs that they put on cakes. Also, strangely, they do not have the form online so that you could download it and fill it out to take with you or to fax them. In any case, I’ve attached it (and hopefully you’ll be able to print it out and use it) to make it a little easier when you want to order one of these wonderful cakes for your next celebration. The most amazing thing on the form is that they would appreciate 1-day advanced notice. Does that really mean you can get a cake in less than a day? In any case, they have a variety of selections and combinations you can make from the flavors and decorations. You should really get one of these next time you need a cake for a party.