We’ve shared for years that one of the best secrets of shopping at Costco has been their incredibly-priced half-sheet cakes.
A staple of my family’s birthday parties for years, sheet cakes can easily provide dessert for 40 people, for just $18 — way better than the quarter-sheet cakes grocery stores are selling for more than $20.
While Costco will keep selling cakes, this particular offering is no longer one you can just toss into your cart. Here’s what you need to know:
Social distancing means people aren’t buying big cakes.
As coronavirus cases hit all-time highs in the U.S., people are continuing to practice social distancing, and that means we’re not really buying cakes that’ll feed a large group.
Rather than make cakes nobody’s buying, Costco decided to pull the half-sheet cakes from shelves.
Instead, Costco is focused on selling 10″ round cakes.
Costco told Delish that even after coronavirus subsides, there’s no plan or desire to bring the popular half-sheet cakes back to the Costco bakery section.
Instead, Costco has pivoted to sell their 10″ round white and chocolate cakes, which have been sold alongside the sheet cakes for 9 months or so. Each of these cakes serves 6-8 people and run about $12.99 each — definitely not even close to the bargain of the half-sheet cakes, which were $18 each.
That said, you can still preorder the half-sheet cakes.
Although you won’t be able to just swing by the bakery department and grab a glorious chocolate or white half-sheet cake, Costco is still technically selling them. You just have to special order them.
My local Costco is selling the half-sheet cakes for $18.99. You just have to give them 24-hour lead time. Bonus: You get to customize these cakes, too, with a dozen different designs.
At least samples are coming back to Costco.
But even those will look different. You’ll be handed prepackaged items, separated from the sample server by a plexiglass shield.