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May 9, 2009 02:01 PM

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

Any comments on the good or bad side is appreciated

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

        1. 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

            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. 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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            1. re: monku

              "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...