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We just made a birthday party today for my 4 year old granddaughter at her gan. We bought a cake from Costco, 1/2 sheet, serving 48, for $16.99. People were making a comment that if I would have bought it from a place like Zomicks it would have run me $75. Just why are cakes so expensive at the local kosher bakeries or is the question why is it so cheap at Costco. The cake is fully customizable (white/chocolate cake, Vanilla Cheesecake/Chocolate mousse/Strawberry mousse filling, White buttercream/Chocolate buttercream/Cream cheese icing) and includes writing on the cake.

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  1. i think the better question is why are costcos cakes so much better than anything youd end up getting at one of the frum bakeries

    their prices are a heck of a lot higher for two reasons, 1- chalav yisroel ingredients, and 2- bc people will pay the crazy prices they charge

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    1. re: shoelace

      Great post, shoelace. Spot on.

      1. re: shoelace

        "1- chalav yisroel ingredients"

        Even at the extreme end of the pricing scale that's just a few bucks.

        1. re: shoelace

          Are the Costco cakes made with butter? Most kosher bakeries make pareve cakes with margarine, and in a white cake or plain buttercream frosting, there's nothing there to provide flavor without butter.

          1. re: GilaB

            If the recipe calls for butter then I see no reason why Costco shouldn't include it, after all it is a dairy cake.

            1. re: MartyB

              Margarine is cheaper, but most of it is technically milchig, meaning that it'll be a dairy cake, but still butter-free. If Costco's cakes are very, very cheap, they might be cutting corners on the butter.

              1. re: GilaB

                Well if they want to cut corners then "gezunta heit" as long as the price is reasonable. Since I will be eating one tiny fraction of the cake and since the cake is really for the show, I would rather have a cake that tastes ok for $17 then pay $75 for a spectacular cake. I don't have to impress a class full of 4 year olds.

                P.S. The cake was delicious.

                1. re: GilaB

                  i bake, i know cake thats not made with butter, its butter

                  gila- youve never had a costco cake?

                  1. re: shoelace

                    Nope. I tend not to eat much in the way of sheet cake.

                    1. re: GilaB

                      Well part of the reason that the cake is cheaper that we all seem to be missing is that Costco is a price club that we pay for. You must add in the price of membership into that cake price.

                      1. re: HungryJew

                        pay.

                        1. re: HungryJew

                          Assuming that the poster uses the membership all year round then its cost is probably less than a penny per item which hardly explains the price difference
                          The real reason is probably somewhere between Costco's philosophy of being really cheap, their volume business, the high costs of running a private Kosher bakery and charging what the market is willing to pay

                          1. re: sja

                            " ... charging what the market is willing to pay ... " - Bingo!

                            Well count me in the part of the market that is NOT willing to pay!

                        2. re: GilaB

                          I live in Manhattan and we don't even have an option for decent pareve cakes, especially on the UWS. Everything is packaged and not particularly
                          fresh. In addition, there is no variety. The same brands and cakes appear at
                          every store. We need a kosher Bakery. Fairway is great for dairy, but
                          nothing pareve, other than the same packaged stuff.

                          1. re: Maven123

                            rents make it virtually imposable for a shomer shabat bakery to make it in Manhattan

                        3. re: shoelace

                          I've eaten Costco cake, and while there may be some butter in it, I urge you to check the ingredients list. It is cheap because it's mostly vegetable oil shortening, which to my tastebuds, at least, is disgusting.

                          Please note that I am from Canada, and I am referring to Canadian-purchased Costco cakes; however, I would be very surprised if U.S. cakes were made with superior ingredients.

                2. The question I have is I did not realize costco cakes were made under anyone's supervision -who does the supervision?

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                  1. re: weinstein5

                    Not all Cosco bakeries are under supervision. I believe that the one in the Five Towns, and possibly the one in Brooklyn are. I'm sure someone else can provide the info. on who gives the supervision to these.

                    1. re: Bzdhkap

                      The one in Hackensack, NJ is also under supervision. The baked goods are all dairy.

                      1. re: Bzdhkap

                        The one in Brooklyn has supervision. Not everything is kosher though. I think it depends on where the baked goods were made.

                      2. re: weinstein5

                        The below-listed Costco bakeries are under OK supervision.

                      3. I have always attributed the great taste to butter. Really head and shoulders above the rest. But, I don't do dairy cakes at birthdays. Invariably, there is one kid who is Cholov Yisrael and I am sad whenever I am at a party where the kid can't eat. Due to Costco's great prices, this scene has been happening more often. One kid sitting there with no cake at every party. And then, there are the dairy allergic. So, I'd rather spring for the pareve cake.

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                        1. re: cappucino

                          You could buy the Costco cake and get a tray of the Beigel's brand mini cupcakes (also sold at Costco) and still come out cheaper than ordering from a kosher bakery. The Beigel's cupcakes are dairy free and nut free.

                          1. re: websterhall1994

                            Thats right, you can even buy a smaller cake from your local frum bakery, should cost you another 8-10 dollars. You are still way ahead of the game. If the kid is young enough you could even tell him/her that they are so special that you got them two birthday cakes.

                            1. re: MartyB

                              We did that exact thing with the last birthday party, actually.