Last Updated on January 3, 2023
Our Costco birthday cake review will explore the different options you have, their quality, and their price. All so you can choose the best option!
Things To Consider Before Buying Birthday Costco Cakes
When someone’s birthday comes around, it can be a very stressful time. Planning a party, getting gifts, sending out and managing invitations. The last thing you still want to think about is a birthday cake! Yes, we know. It’s probably the most important food item that should be at any birthday party, but who has the time?
So, a great solution is buying a pre-made birthday cake. Unfortunately, that usually costs a pretty penny. And the “cheap” options are usually really bland, stale, and just ugly.
But what if we tell you that we’ve found one of the best solutions to this problem? Yes, folks, we’ve re-discovered our love for Costco birthday cakes.
These cakes are perfect for people on the go, with a tight deadline, or anyone not wanting to spend hundreds on a single cake.
Unfortunately, they only have two flavors and one size available. You can put in a request for a custom design, but these need 2-3 days advance ordering.
The most basic things you need to consider before buying these cakes include:
- How many people do you need to feed.
- What your budget is.
- The design you want.
- Do you have the time to put in a custom order?
- Does anyone have any food allergies?
- And finally, what happens if they don’t have stock?
Costco Birthday Cake Review – A First Look At These Cakes
Now, in this Costco birthday cake review, we will look at every feature they offer, from flavor to availability. Some of these points may not be important to you, but to others, it may just be the reason they cannot take it.
First up, you have two flavors to choose from: vanilla or chocolate.
While some people may not like the limited flavor options, we can personally vouch for their deliciousness. These cakes are uber-rich, super creamy, moist, and flavorful.
They are both only sold in half-sheet cake sizes (13 by 18-inches). This may not seem very big, but it can feed about 58 people!
And, the best part about these cakes is that they are surprisingly affordable! In comparison to other pre-made cakes, these are by far one of the biggest leaders in the market.
So, if you are in a pinch or don’t have the tools to bake a birthday cake from scratch, this cake is perfect for you.
- You don’t have to pre-order any of their cakes (except ones with custom designs). They are available immediately.
- There are over 30 decoration designs you can choose from. But again, you can custom order a design.
- The two available flavors are both extremely delicious, rich, and moist.
- The half-sheet cakes feeds a ton of people!
- These cakes are shockingly affordable for their flavors and sizes.
- A pro to many but also a con: there are only two flavors to choose from. That’s quite limiting for some people.
- They always have limited stock because of how popular cakes are. So the only way to ensure you get your hands on a cake is to order a custom option in advance.
- There aren’t any options available for people with dietary restrictions.
Features And Benefits
Let’s take a more in-depth look at the key features that this product offers.
Very affordable cakes
While other supermarkets offer a wider range of options (when it comes to flavor), they are also generally a lot more expensive. You can get a half-sheet cake for less than $20 (at the time of this article).
These cakes feeds a ton of people
While a half-sheet cake may not seem very big, you’d be surprised as to how many people it can feed.
If a single portion is 2 x 2 inches, you can get about 58 servings from this cake. Obviously, the larger the pieces, the fewer servings you can get. But, it’s an easy cake to portion and serves larger crowds.
There are two Costco birthday cake options for flavors. The first is a vanilla cake with vanilla cheesecake mousse filling and white buttercream frosting. The second flavor to choose from is a chocolate cake with a chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream frosting.
This may be limiting to some people. However, many appreciate it. It helps you make a decision much quicker than looking at a very large list of flavors to choose from.
There are many designs you can choose from
There are over 30 Costco cake decoration options. You can take a look here at the pre-made designs. Of course, that is if they are still available.
But, does Costco do custom cakes? You can custom order a design to ensure you get what you want and on the day you want or need it. This custom cake will take about 2-3 days to make.
One of the best things about these cakes is that they are available immediately. So, if you are running late or lost the first cake, you can instantly get your hands on an affordable second option.
Alternatives To Costco Birthday Cakes
Now, if you don’t manage to get your hands on this cake, you can check out some of these alternatives. Unfortunately, you will likely have to drive around a bit to find the one you are looking for. And they will also be a little more expensive. Nevertheless, they are all great options.
Walmart birthday cakes
Walmart has a wider range of cake flavors available. However, they are smaller and cost the same or more than what you get. This also means they will feed fewer people and that you will need to buy more.
For birthday cakes specifically, they have limited designs. But, you can also custom order a cake.
Whole Foods Market
This is another fantastic brand that offers high-quality flavorful cakes for birthdays. They have a wide variety of flavors and designs, including vegan options!
And, their cakes are arguably healthier seeing as they have a no artificial flavorings policy. These cakes are more affordable, but for the quality you get, it’s not bad.
This isn’t the best option for a pinch. However, you can buy a cake online that is freshly baked and delivered right to your doorstep. You can also go to an Amazon Fresh store, but they aren’t located across the country.
There are a variety of options available at different price points as well.
Wrapping Up This Costco Birthday Cake Review
We hope you’ve enjoyed this Costco birthday cake review and that it comes in handy. And, if you have any other products you’d like for us to review, don’t hesitate to let us know!
Lindy Van Schalkwyk is a culinary specialist with a background in Advanced Cooking, Advanced Pâtisserie, Media Communications and Nutrition. She has gained invaluable experience in the culinary industry having worked in some of the top restaurants in Africa in 2016 and 2017. Her expertise in nutrition has enabled her to develop recipes for special dietary needs. In 2018, Lindy began working in the Food Media industry, focusing on recipe development, recipe writing, food writing and food styling.