It’s that time of year when there seem to be a million reasons to buy a cake. There are graduations, and the new jobs that hopefully go with, weddings, showers, birthdays, backyard BBQs, and national holidays. Whatever the occasion, or maybe even if there is no occasion at all, a Costco Bakery sheet cake is the perfect sweet ending to a celebration or just because it is Tuesday.
I have written about the wonderful Costco cakes many, many times before and the popularity of those posts is evidence that everyone else loves them as much as I do. They’ve changed them a bit over the years, and sadly cut down on a few of the filling choices that people liked so much (at least in the US), but the cakes are still delicious and certainly the best you are going to find for the price. Here’s what I said about a chocolate Costco cake that I bought way back in 2009, and they’re still every bit as good:
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.
Since that cake was chocolate with chocolate mousse filling and chocolate frosting, it is just like the cakes that you can buy today (it’s one of the two options still available, the other is all vanilla and white cake). Everyone I know that shops at Costco loves these cakes because they are delicious and don’t cost a fortune either. I swear bakeries are getting more and more expensive with their cakes, and usually they’re not even worth a fraction of the price, so it is nice to be able to get a reliably good cake for a reasonable price at Costco.
The other good thing about Costco is that if you think ahead you can get it personalized with your own message and you can choose the decoration that you want too. However, you don’t always have to think ahead and pre-order, because they have selection of cakes available to just take right home with you. Obviously, if you just pick one up there’s no message on it, but you can get some of that frosting in a tube and add your own pretty easily.
As I mentioned briefly, Costco US has two cake options now: white cake with vanilla cheesecake mousse filling and white buttercream frosting, or chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream frosting. At Costco locations in the UK, Japan, and Australia, you have different options for the fillings, but still the cake and frosting are just chocolate and white. I should point out that in Australia you can also place an order for 9 cupcakes (which are super good, just like the cakes). According to Costco, each cake can be cut into 48 pieces, but those are sort of small (5cmx5cm or 2inx2in), so just keep that in mind if you’re more likely to cut it into more generous pieces (like I am). I’ve always felt like you can get 36 to 40 fairly decent sized pieces. They have several designs available and always have some seasonal ones to choose from as well. In the US they have 27 year-round designs, in the UK they have 20 different designs to choose from, in Australia and Japan they have 19 different designs. I should also mention that these cakes freeze really nicely and will thaw out and be pretty much every bit as tasty as when they went into the freezer.
To order your cake, you will need to fill out a form and return it to you local Costco location. I have a copy of the Costco US order form so that you can print it out and take it with you when you want to order. This can make it a bit easier, especially if it is hard for you to get to your local Costco or is a long drive. For the ultimate ease of ordering though, Costco UK and Costco Australia allow you to order your cake online! Why all of the locations don’t do that I can’t imagine. At least in Japan they are nice enough to have a PDF version of the form available online though, which certainly is a minimal amount of effort that the other locations could emulate, I would think. In any case, you will need to order your cake 72 to 24 hours in advance (depending on your location around the world).
- Costco US: 48 pieces for $17.99; download the order form and order 24 hours in advance
- Costco UK: 48 pieces for £12.99 or £11.99 for undecorated; order online 72 hours in advance
- Costco Australia: 48 pieces for $24.99; order online 48 hours in advance
- Costco Japan: 48 pieces for ¥2,480; download the order form and order 48 hours in advance
I’d like to think that all Costco websites will be offering online ordering in the next year, but I’ve been waiting for that to happen for several years now already, so I’m not holding my breath. If you are in the other Costco locations around the world, I’m sorry but I don’t have an order form for you to download (you can always email me a PDF version that I can add here) so you will have to pick one up from your local warehouse. Going by the other locations that I do have information for, I would suggest you order at least three days in advance of when you would like to pick up your cake.
No matter what your next big celebration is for, you should definitely keep the yummy Costco Bakery cakes in mind to complete your festivities!