Costco Sheet Cakes Are Back! Here's Everything You Need to Know
Costco sheet cakes are a crowd favorite, so in May 2020, when they announced that they discontinued them, thousands of angry customers signed petitions and hundreds flooded the retailer’s Facebook page with critical comments. The wholesaler explained that they’d discontinued the cake to “create more space for social distancing” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, replacing the dessert favorite with 10-inch round chocolate and vanilla cakes.
“Please bring back these cakes when social distancing is no longer in effect. We love them and they are an integral part of kids’ birthdays!” Renanit Levy replied to Costco’s Facebook announcement.
Well, we have good news for Renanit. The sheet cake is back.
Costco members who want to pick up the retailer’s famous cake — for birthday parties, special occasions, or just to enjoy that sweet, sweet buttercream — will have to fill out an in-person order form at the bakery, with the option to choose white or chocolate cake. The turnaround time for the half-sheet cake, which serves 48, is no more than 48 hours.
However, sheet cakes at Costco might be more expensive than you remember, as the wholesaler now charges $25 instead of $19 for the massive cake. Even then, Costco superfans on Reddit seem unfazed by the increase, with many noting that the cake is still a good deal.
“$25 is still so good for the size and quality compared to any grocery store,” one Redditor writes.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you order a sheet cake from Costco?
These cakes can only be ordered in person at the bakery. Unfortunately, they do not accept orders online or over the phone.
How many people does a Costco sheet cake serve?
Measuring 12 inches by 16 inches and weighing just over nine pounds, the half-sheet cake feeds around 48 people.
What flavors are available?
Costco offers only two flavors of half-sheet cake: chocolate and vanilla. The former comes with a chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream icing, while the latter is iced with white buttercream and filled with vanilla cheesecake mousse.
What kinds of customization can I do with the design?
You can choose from various designs for your cake based on the occasion. Design options include balloons, flowers, stars, hearts, sports, animals, etc. You can also add a personalized message to your cake.
And if you love a little DIY cake decorating like us, we have an article on how we love to transform Costco's sheet cakes for parties.
How far in advance do you have to order a sheet cake?
Costco’s sheet cakes should be ready within 48 hours of submitting the order form. This was previously 24 hours, but according to their website, they need a full two-day notice for all cake orders.
How long does a Costco sheet cake last in the fridge or freezer?
If you have any leftovers, you can wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or foil and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. To thaw frozen cake, let it sit at room temperature for about an hour before serving.