Costco Bakery Makes an Excellent Cake

February 3rd, 2009 · 221 Comments

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.]

Fresh from the Costco Bakery

Fresh from the Costco Bakery

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.

Look at all that filling!

Look at all that filling!

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.

Costco Bakery order form

Costco Bakery order form

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.


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  1. 1 Alyssa // 2016.03.18 at 4:44 pm

    Picking up the white mouse on Sunday for my moms birthday we only need a cake to serve 9 people but we have a few big eaters and this was Cheeper than a bakery or grocery store cake bakery wanted 35 grocery store wanted like 15 but for a few bucks more I said what the hell let’s try Costco.

    FYI the order form for the strawberry cake that’s for Costco uk stores they have more options to choose from. I only wish they had round cakes and more options like SAMs club does but SAMs club does not fill the cake.

    • 2 Carol Pratt // 2016.03.18 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks for UK info. I will let my daughter know as she travels to the UK a few X’s a year for her work. She loves strawberry. I agree with you, Sam’s club is below the grade. Sam’s club is just a glorified Walmart and not much impressed me there so I never renewed my first membership.

  2. 3 michael andersen // 2015.10.14 at 4:00 pm

    What is the dimensions of this cake. I need a tray to put it on.

  3. 4 Liz // 2015.04.23 at 8:07 pm

    I am trying to get an idea of what frosting and filling choices they offer. Was wondering if they still do a fresh strawberry and whip cream cake. Haven’t stopped by the store yet and just been looking online. Thanks.

    • 5 Carol Pratt // 2015.04.24 at 9:30 am

      I did not see strawberry and/or whip cream on the cake order form sheet. Maybe it is seasonal. That sure would be great as I love Whip Cream much better than butter cream frosting. I will have to ask a bakery worker next time I go to Costco and let you know what they say.

    • 6 Carol Pratt // 2015.04.24 at 9:36 am

      Hi again, I noticed that one Costco member (above) posted a picture/link to download a cake order form and strawberry filling is one of the choices. That order form looks a bit different than the one in Reno, if I remember right. I don’t remember seeing that filling option. Then again, I tend to not always be so sharp in my memory these days. LOL.

      • 7 Liz Nerhus // 2015.04.24 at 10:21 am

        Thanks so much Carol! I will look for the downloaded order form.

        • 8 Kimberly // 2015.04.24 at 12:18 pm

          @Liz – The only options available now are a white cake with white filled with vanilla cheesecake mousse and a chocolate cake filled with chocolate mousse. About three or four years ago they got rid of all of the other options, unfortunately.

  4. 10 Tracy // 2015.03.05 at 1:44 pm

    I am doing my daughter’s first birthday theme in ladybugs. Do they do theme cakes like these or can I just get flowers on the cake and then find ladybug candy to put on it myself? Oh and how many people will a full sheet cake feed?

  5. 11 Carol Pratt // 2015.01.11 at 5:58 pm

    Costco cake CAN be frozen. At home, it’s just my husband & I left so of course a giant cake this size would be way too much. I can attest to the fact that you can freeze the other half (or more). Flavor & consistency stays fresh & perfect IF you first put your cake that you wish to freeze in a well-sealed freezer type hard container w/tight seal (like those snap-lid types). I also wrap plastic wrap around the cake before putting it in the freezer container. I also cut my cake in quarters when I buy it, so when I want to defrost a chunk from the freezer, I simply take out one individually wrapped chunk in my refrigerator. Enjoy!

  6. 12 Jeanne E Malone // 2014.07.08 at 5:09 pm

    Will you make a chocolate cake with white frosting, or do you have to have chocolate cake with chocolate frosting?

    • 13 Kimberly // 2014.07.09 at 2:13 am

      @Jeanne – Yes, you can mix and match your frosting and cake flavours.

  7. 14 Sarah // 2014.06.11 at 11:50 pm

    Might sound like a weird question, but would Costco make a 1/4 sheet if requested? They could even just cut the cake in half, and decorate the half. I would pay full price for the 1/2 sheet, I just need the smaller one for my purposes


    • 15 Kimberly // 2014.06.12 at 4:08 am

      @Sarah – No, I don’t think Costco would do this. Of course, you could always call your local Costco Bakery or go in and ask them if they would be willing to do that for you.

      • 16 Sarah // 2014.06.18 at 10:53 am

        Thanks for replying Kimberly – I’ll ask next time I go 🙂

        Maybe they’d even just give me an undecorated one, that I could do it at home.

        • 17 Kimberly // 2014.06.19 at 7:30 am

          @Sarah – I know they sell cakes that you can just walk in and pick up that are just iced in white, so I definitely think they would be able to do something where they don’t ice it at all. That sounds like you’ve just saved them some time.

  8. 18 Trisha // 2014.05.18 at 6:27 am

    This was extremely helpful. Thank you!

  9. 19 sara // 2014.05.13 at 12:20 pm

    are they vegetarian

  10. 20 Stephanie // 2014.02.16 at 10:01 am

    Do they have cakes already made nd cake be decorated for last minute instead of ordering?

  11. 21 Tamara // 2013.11.15 at 9:01 pm

    Can you customize the filling between layers? Like if you want colored icing, for example?

    • 22 Kimberly // 2013.11.16 at 3:00 am

      @Tamara – You might be able to talk the bakery into it at your specific store, but I wouldn’t bet on it. I’ve heard they pretty much stick to the designs and such as laid out and only have a little bit of wiggle room.

  12. 23 Vicki // 2013.07.04 at 10:53 am

    Do their sheet cakes with filling require refrigeration?

    • 24 Lora // 2013.08.04 at 12:30 pm

      Yes they do but you can leave it out of the refrigerator for a few hours without fear of spoiling.

  13. 25 Lora // 2013.06.27 at 7:50 am

    Yes you can but they may not be able to decorate it for you need a 24 advance notice.

  14. 26 Lora // 2013.06.27 at 7:49 am

    You need to order 24 hours in advance. It is well worth it.

  15. 27 Maria // 2013.06.26 at 11:32 pm

    Can you order a cake on the same day?

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