It isn’t always convenient to stop by Costco just to order a cake, so it is great that Costco UK is finally making the cake ordering process simpler for their members. Now instead of stopping by a Costco location in person or tracking down the order form, wondering what each of the designs actually looks like, and then finding the fax number of your Costco Bakery, you can eliminate all of that hassle and just order your cake quickly through the Costco UK website.
In just four simple steps you can get your yummy Costco cake ordered with the design of your choice and your customized message. Really, the most complicated thing you might need to know is your membership number, everything else is easy in comparison. And that isn’t really hard it just requires you to have your card on hand. This should make it much easier to get a Costco cake for all of your parties and celebrations. All of the cakes, no matter what design or options you choose, are £12.99 and 40cm x 30cm in size, which Costco says serves 48. I think that serving size is based on pieces that are kind of on the small size, but you can see how they intend for that to happen in the “scored rose bud” design.
In the first step you choose the design that you want. Currently, they have eighteen different designs, including one that is just plain white. They have pictures of all of the designs, so you don’t have to guess what “caterpillar” or “spray roses” will actually come out looking like, you’ll know up front and there won’t be any unfortunate surprises when you pick up your cake. They have a good selection of designs to choose from that would be perfect for all types of different occasions – birthdays, baby showers, christenings, first communion, generic congratulations – and if you can’t find the look you like you can always get the plain white cake and add your own decorations.
The second step is where you choose the good stuff: sponge, filling, and icing. For sponge, you can choose from just two options, either chocolate or white. The choices might not be fancy, but the cakes are so delicious and moist, you won’t even mind. For filling, you have twice as many options at four: chocolate, raspberry jam, raspberry jam/vanilla, and vanilla. I’ve never had one of their cakes filled with anything but chocolate or vanilla. I really like the chocolate best I think, but the vanilla isn’t bad either. For your icing selection, you have just the two basic options of chocolate or vanilla. Both are really good because their icing isn’t that sickly sweet type or the kind that leaves your mouth feeling like you just licked a spoonful of lard.
The third step is all about adding your own message and customizing your cake a bit. To a certain degree the design you choose, may allow you to have an extra bit of input into the design colours, for instance, with the spray rose cake you can choose what two colours will be used to make the roses, as well as how many roses of each colour there should be. Those types of choices aren’t available or appropriate with all of the designs. However, all of the designs allow you to choose the colour of icing used for the inscription, and obviously you get to choose the inscription message as well. But make it short and sweet because you only get 36 characters for your inscription.
The final step is to fill in your contact information and membership number. Presumably, you know everything off of the top of your head, except for your membership number, so be sure to have your card with you when you place your order. You’ll also need to select the location where you want to pick up your cake, as well as the date and time you’ll pick it up. Costco requires that your order be submitted at least 72 hours before you want to pick up your cake, which is pretty reasonably. If you’re stuck with a last minute celebratory cake crisis, you might try just stopping by the store and picking up one of their generic pre-decorated cakes. I’ve found people still enjoy the cake just as much, even if their name isn’t on it. Also, you *might* be able to sweet talk the bakery people into adding a name or quick message to a cake for you. But that will totally depend on their bakery policies and how busy they are when you ask.
See, just four easy little steps and you’re on your way to having a tasty Costco cake created just for you! Next time you need a cake, save yourself some time and order your cake online. Just don’t forget to pick it up.