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COSTCO slab cakes - yes or no for kid's b'day party

sangii77 May 9, 2009 02:01 PM

Any comments on the good or bad side is appreciated

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  1. Full tummy RE: sangii77 May 9, 2009 02:04 PM

    Oh no!!! I know quite a few people who swear by them, and think they're delicious.

    My opinion: They are sold very cheaply, so what does that tell you about the ingredients? There ain't no butter to be found in the cake or icing... Frankly, I find these cakes disgusting (even if I didn't read the ingredients), but kids (and many adults I know) can't tell the difference.

    Then again, most cakes used for kids' birthday parties are disgusting, so maybe there is no difference???

    1. pinkprimp RE: sangii77 May 9, 2009 02:08 PM

      They leave a funny feeling in my mouth, similar to when I eat a spoonful of Betty Crocker icing out of the tub. Probably because they share similar ingredient lists.

      Anyway, they are good if you are just looking for sweet and not too much else in terms of flavour.

      1. jayt90 RE: sangii77 May 9, 2009 02:14 PM

        Yeah, there is no redeeming merit except price, and most people, especially kids, will like it.

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          Toronto Fastfoodie RE: sangii77 May 9, 2009 03:27 PM

          I say no. Personally, I hate the layer of custard in the centre. I think the Loblaws cakes are much better, especially the chocolate fudge from Fortinos. Yum.

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          1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie
            julesrules RE: Toronto Fastfoodie May 11, 2009 08:12 AM

            I call it chemical custard! It is so nasty. I can deal with cheap cake and bad icing once in a great while, but that custard just ruins it.
            I've had good slab cake from Chinese bakeries, with decent custard with fruit in it. A little different. Also someone brought a more than decent grocery store strawberry cake to work once and I think it was from Longo's.
            For my kid's birthday I make cupcakes, from a mix, and ice with simple icing sugar/butter/vanilla icing. I let her help "decorate". Kids love them and I get to avoid cake-cutting. Can even do a nice presentation on a platter by writing "happy birthday X" one letter per cupcake.

          2. monku RE: sangii77 May 9, 2009 03:36 PM

            They say the icing is made with butter cream or Philadelphia cream cheese icing and the cake is baked using quality ingredients. Full sheet cake weighs in at 9 lbs.


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              Full tummy RE: monku May 9, 2009 05:12 PM

              "Buttercream" is a term that is used very loosely, and many call hydrogenated vegetable oil frostings "buttercream". The Costco carrot cake maybe does have some cream cheese in it, but I encourage you to check the ingredients first, if you are concerned about such things...

            2. Kagemusha RE: sangii77 May 9, 2009 04:08 PM

              I've never seen any kid shrink from inhaling a Costco cake--same goes for their over-refreshed parents. They tend to be fresher than the Loblaws/Fortino version, especially if you order a little custom deco work.

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                wontonfm RE: sangii77 May 9, 2009 04:23 PM

                They are good for feeding a large number of undiscerning pallets. Whenever we have them at work people eat them up. I have a strong dislike for regular supermarket cakes and think the costco ones taste the same as others.


                1. Dr Butcher RE: sangii77 May 9, 2009 04:48 PM

                  My white trash side liked their carrot cake, read the nutritional information first and make an informed choice though.

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                    jayt90 RE: Dr Butcher May 9, 2009 05:39 PM

                    I don't think nutritional labels are required yet for food prepared on site. This was in the plan, but delayed.

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                      Full tummy RE: jayt90 May 9, 2009 05:47 PM

                      I'm pretty sure there is an ingredient list on the cake label, or at least you can ask for one.

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                        jayt90 RE: Full tummy May 9, 2009 06:00 PM

                        Yes, but there is no white nutritional label, which is required on products delivered to the store, such as Joe Louis or Mr. Christie. If I asked for a nutritional breakdown, I think I would get a blank stare.

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                          Full tummy RE: jayt90 May 9, 2009 06:23 PM

                          True, true. I am usually just as happy with an ingredient list, as I know what I'm looking for, and what I'm looking to avoid... For example, I find it more helpful to know if there is butter or vegetable oil shortening in a cake...

                          Even without a label, one need only taste the Costco cake to realize its "buttercream" is in no way made with butter.

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                            sangii77 RE: Full tummy May 11, 2009 05:21 AM

                            Thanks for all your replies, I think I will save the costco cake for another not so important occasion :)

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                              tuttebene RE: sangii77 May 12, 2009 08:14 AM

                              you have many mixed reviews but if you are looking for a cake to serve to kids this slab cake will please unless the youngsters are budding gourmands - it will likely even please any adults. it is not the best but by no means the worst cake to serve. i've had it at work functions and bridal showers, etc. most people aren't offended by the product. IMHO it's a safe bet for a large crowd and a good deal.

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                                T42 RE: tuttebene May 12, 2009 09:44 AM

                                I agree that it feeds a lot of kids for a reasonable price. They are strung out on the whole birthday party craziness anyways! I have had adult parties and served the carrot cake that everyone loves as well. That having been said we often purchase from Katie's Cakes a slab cake with lemon filling. Very nice and not as sweet but pricier. They will do custom work as well.

                                Katie's Cakes
                                1531 O'Connor Dr, Toronto, ON M4B, CA

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                    sonali RE: sangii77 Sep 1, 2009 01:15 PM

                    would you say that the Costco cakes are nut free if they don't have obvious nuts in them? I have my son's b'day party coming up and the venue does not allow nuts. Any grocery stores where I can buy the required cake? Thanks

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                      jayt90 RE: sonali Sep 1, 2009 07:27 PM

                      No. When I asked them, they said that nut free producers were available on contract, but the cost factor put them way out out of range. In the in store facilities, there are nuts used in some of their products, so I think the slab cakes would be risky.

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                        julesrules RE: sonali Sep 2, 2009 05:00 AM

                        If none of the kids are actually allergic, I would be comfortable with any cake that does not have nuts as an ingredient (I have a 3 year old in a nut-free daycare so this is something I have faced too). My friend who is allergic to nuts and has not given her 4 year old nuts yet got a birthday cake from Sobey's recently, I don't think it was certified nut-free and they both ate it. But if you really need nut free, I believe Cakes by Robert has cornered the nut-free market - a lot of the party centres deal with them. Had some of their cake recently and it was fine.

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                        SocksManly RE: sangii77 Sep 2, 2009 02:53 PM

                        I used to think it was crazy to be charging $20ish for a small cake, like who would pay that? But then I realized I pretty much avoid cake, and especially avoid the extra icing whenever I'm forced to eat some.

                        Quality beats up quantity, and sends it to the hospital.

                        But for a bunch of kids who will feed their shirts more than their mouths, get whatever.

                        1. CeeQueue RE: sangii77 Sep 2, 2009 05:01 PM

                          Costco's are the cheapest, but taste cheap. If you want a cake adults and kids will enjoy, Loblaw's cakes are better, but cost more. I've also heard that Chinese bakeries make really good cakes, but can't say which ones (and don't know what area you're in). They'd be more expensive, though.

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                            Prok RE: CeeQueue Sep 2, 2009 05:55 PM

                            Nothing new to add, other than I certainly never opt to feed my kids ( and their friends) junky ingredients. As above, you get what you pay for. Butter is expensive - go for the real thing. Just because kids will eat anything doesn't mean they should be fed anything. your kids deserve the best that you can afford to buy.

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                              jayt90 RE: CeeQueue Sep 2, 2009 06:18 PM

                              They re cheap because of minimal mark up and high turnover. The ingredients and quality of work are not cheap, if you read the labels or talk to the employees. Some of the cakes (with more filling and less icing, are good value.

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