Costco has some of the cheapest cakes, especially if you need to feed a lot of guests. Costco offers a variety of cakes, but they are most famous for their affordable sheet cakes which can feed many people are is perfect for a party or gathering.
Costco sheet cakes are cheaper than Walmart. Let’s take a look at the price of Costco sheet cakes.
Costco’s half sheet cake price is $19.99 for both vanilla and chocolate flavor. It weighs around 9 pounds and can feed up to 48 people. If you want a custom design cake, it will take a couple of days. But if you want a regular premade cake, you can pick one up in their warehouse right away.
Related: How Much Is a Cake at Whole Foods?
Costco sheet cakes can be cut into 48 slices. That comes out to only $0.42 per slice and it is a much better deal compared to round cakes. Round cakes can be cut into around 8 slices, which comes out to around $1.62 per slice.
|Cake||Price||Feeds||Price per Guest|
|10” Round cake||$12.99||6-8||~$1.62|
|1/2 Sheet cake||$19.99||48||~$0.42|
Costco cakes can even be customized to your occasion, but it will take a day or two for the bakery to fill your order. While Costco offers free samples of many of their popular items, sheet cakes are not one of them.
Costco’s cakes are pretty light, and the frosting and filling are amazing. It also is not too rich, so you won’t feel sick after eating a slice (or two). Costco cake prices are very reasonable for birthdays, parties, and graduation.
Here’s everything you need to know about buying a Costco cake, including a comparison of competitors and a few bonus tips from my own experience.
2 Types of Costco Cake
Costco offers an assortment of cakes in their bakery including 10” round cakes, however, their most famous and best value cakes are their sheet cakes. Starting in 2020, these need to be ordered in advance and may not be available at every location.
For sheet cakes, they have the following options at most U.S. locations:
Costco White Sheet Cake $19.99
- 1/2 Sheet Cake
- 2 Layer White Cake
- Vanilla Mousse Filling
- White Buttercream
Costco Chocolate Sheet Cake $19.99
- 1/2 Sheet Cake
- 2 Layer Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate Mousse
- Chocolate Buttercream
However, international Costco locations may offer additional flavors and fillings. For instance, Australian Costcos offer a raspberry filling with chocolate or vanilla sponge cakes.
How Many People Does a Costco Sheet Cake Serve?
A Costco sheet cake can serve 48 guests. However, if your guests like their slices cut a little larger than average, you’ll probably only feed about 30 to 40 people. Some Costco cakes also come with a checkered design to help you know where to cut.
In my experience, we usually fed our entire group plus had leftovers. This always offers a sense of abundance to our guests. Plus, for under $20, it would be hard to find a comparable cake that can feed that many people.
Are Costco Cake Customizable?
Costco cake is customizable. You can customize a Costco cake with basically any message or design you like at no extra cost. You can also customize the cake flavor, icing, and filling. Note that if you decide to customize your Costco cake, it will take a day or two for the cake to be ready. You will need to fill out a cake order form, drop it off in-store, and come back and pick it up within one to two days.
Costco’s cake order form has about 30 designs to choose from, including the classic balloons and more artistic designs like a pirate ship or skateboard. Some of the common Costco cake design options can be:
- Lattice Heart
- Over The hill
- Pricess Crown
- Smiling Sun
Costco does have standard sheet cakes with premade designs for birthdays, holidays, and graduation that are available immediately in the bakery section.
How to Order a Cake from Costco
You can order a custom Costco sheet cake at any store with order forms available. However, if you don’t need a special-order cake, you can pick up one of their premade options in the bakery. Currently, Costco does not offer online cake ordering according to the official Costco website.
Tip: Costco Cake area is usually located in the back, near kitchen area next to meat section.
To order a custom Costco cake, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Go to your local Costco at least 24 hours in advance (but better to go 2 days ahead, if you can) of your event so you have enough time to get a custom cake.
- Locate the bakery. The Costco bakery is typically located towards the back of the store.
- Ask for a cake order form. Many locations have the order forms sitting out near the cakes, but if you cannot find them just ask a worker and they will be happy to help you.
- Fill out the cake order form. You can choose between a white and chocolate base, with vanilla mousse filling and white buttercream frosting or chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream frosting.
- Select your design. Costco has 27 year-round designs to choose from plus festive designs for most holidays and graduation.
- Select cake decorations (if desired). Costco also offers candles, mini balloons, and figurines to add to your cakes. If it’s not on the order form, just ask a worker what is available in your location.
- Indicate a pickup date and time. You can choose your pick-up date and time on the order form, however, it will need to be at least 1 day later, and some locations request 72 hours advance notice.
- Come back in 1 to 2 days to pick up your cake.
Costco Cake Order Form
All you have to do is choose White Cake or Chocolate Cake, the design, the message on the cake, member name, pick up date and time.
Below is an example of how to fill out a Costco Sheet Cake Order Form.
Is Costco Getting Rid of Sheet Cakes?
Costco is not getting rid of sheets cakes; they have just stopped stocking them premade. You can still custom order a sheet cake at most locations. Note that availability does vary by location so you will have to visit your local store for more information.
In a public statement, Costco explained that due to the pandemic people just aren’t buying large cakes right now. They also stated that they “have no immediate plans to bring them back” to the shelves.
In June 2020, Costco indicated the change was “to help limit personal contact and create more space for social distancing, Costco has reduced service in some departments.” At the time, they also discontinued special order cakes as well. “At this time, we are not making sheet cakes for special order.”
But since their announcement, sightings of Costco cake order forms have resurfaced in several locations. According to some, their Costco location has raised prices on sheet cake orders by a few dollars; however, you will need to check with your location as Costco does not have an official statement on the matter.
After their announcement, some diehard Costco cake fans created a petition on Change.org asking Costco to bring the sheet cakes back. The petitions received thousands of signatures and although it’s uncertain if that is why Costco has returned the order forms, it is making an impression.
However, they do still have other cake options on the shelves. “We are focusing on our smaller 10″ White & 10” Chocolate Cakes that seem to be resonating with our members,” Costco said in their statement.
Costco Cake Best Alternatives
Several other big box stores offer similar sheet cakes including Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Bj’s. Additionally, Costco requires a membership to order their cakes and you have to go in-store to custom order a sheet-cake. If you don’t have a membership there are several workarounds to shop inside of Costco without a membership.
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Walmart Sheet Cakes
Walmart bakeries can customize a sheet cake to your design, and they are one of the only box stores to offer online cake ordering. Walmart also offers cupcakes and if you’re calorie conscious, they include calories per serving on their website.
Sam’s Club Sheet Cakes
With Sam’s Club sheet cakes, you can customize the frosting color and the cake flavor and even have marble flavors. You can order their cakes in-store or on the phone, but you will need to order at least 48 hours in advance. Their cakes also do not need to be refrigerated.
Bj’s Sheet Cakes
Bj’s also offers customizable sheet cakes as well as customizable cupcakes, round cakes, and more. Plus, Bj’s also offers sheet cakes in ¼ size that feeds 12 to 16 for $16.99, and a full sheet cake that feeds 60 to 75 for $39.99.
Costco Cake Tips
Here are a few common questions and tips about Costco cakes that are useful to know before you buy your next one.
Should I Refrigerate Costco Cake?
You should refrigerate Costco cake since it has filling. Although often Costco cakes can be too large to fit on the shelf. You can always box them in containers to save for later.
Bonus tip – you can also freeze Costco cake. This is especially useful if you end up with more leftovers than you can eat within a few days.
Does Costco Make Wedding Cakes?
Costco does not make wedding cakes. However, you can customize a Costco sheet cake to use at a wedding. One couple even staked cakes together to create a tiered Costco wedding cake. You can be creative and mix it up by adding flowers or your own custom topper.
If you want to see an example of how to turn a $19.99 Costco cake into a $500 wedding cake, see this video below:
Can You Customize a Blank Costco Cake Yourself?
Yes, You can also create your own custom design on a blank Costco sheet cake. Many more creative cake buyers have tried dump truck designs, beach cakes, and more. You can take a brown or white Costco cake base and turn it into anything you imagine. Check out this Pinterest board for some inspiration.
How much does a Costco cake weigh?
A Costco half sheet cake weighs about nine pounds and can feed up to 48 people. Most of that weight comes from the filling. It’s large, heavy, and awkward enough to carry that you’ll want to make sure to have an extra set of hands to transport it, especially if you have other items to carry.
- Costco announced in 2020 that they were removing their classic sheet-cakes from their shelves, but some locations still offer special order sheet cakes
- One sheet cake can feed 48 people
- You can customize a Costco cake’s flavor, message, design, etc. but you’ll need to fill out an order form in-store 2 days in advance
- If you can’t wait to get a custom cake, Costco has plenty of pre-made cakes available and you can customize them at home
- You do need a Costco membership to order a cake ($60 a year)