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Red Velvet Cake at Los Feliz Costco

  • monku Mar 20, 2010 11:00 PM
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Was wondering when Costco would have red velvet cake and today was the day. Picked one up for $9.99, a huge rustic looking cake. Didn't disappoint for the price and quality. Yes, real cream cheese frosting.

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  1. I saw it there yesterday (Friday), and was severely tested to buy it . Unfortunately common sense took over and I didn't. I had to make due with the lamb loin chops (which were great).

    But yes, the cake looked great. Sigh...

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    1. re: Briggs

      I followed a similar path on fighting off the temptation. I don't know how long it would take us to finish off a whole cake. And their lamb loin chops have never failed me.

    2. How funny! I noticed the red velvet cake at Costco today (Richmond), but although I was pretty sure I'd never seen it discussed on chowhound, I wasn't sure it was new (I don't shop at Costco that often, and I rarely check out the baked goods). So now I know: new and good.

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        saw it at foster city on sunday too. it looked really good, but we also got the lamb loin chops instead :).

      2. Oh no. You know what this means: I'm going to Costco. OH NO. I hate temptation.

        Wait -- if it's at the Los Feliz Costco, is it safe to assume it's at the Torrance one, or will be soon? Is that how they roll?

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        1. re: buttermarblepopcorn

          The above poster said they saw it in northern California, so good chance it's at all locations.
          I know there will be detractors because it's a Costco cake, but I think they did a good job with this one. I've eaten a lot of red velvet cakes and this one is up there. It's not rocket science to make a good red velvet cake.

          1. re: buttermarblepopcorn

            could always call before going... just so temptation doesn't turn into disapointment... :)

          2. Hit the MdR/Culver City Costco this AM and they did have the Red Velvet cake there as well.

            1. Was it good?

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              1. re: latindancer

                My 17 yr. old daughter said it was better than Big Mista's, Jongewaards Bake & Broil and even Auntie Em's.

                1. re: monku

                  No way!!!

                  1. re: sel

                    She's only had it at Auntie Em's three times so maybe they were off days.
                    Anyway I thought the Costco RVC was a good cake

                  2. re: monku

                    Well that convinces me...
                    I'm going to go get one.
                    Thanks for the referral.

                2. P.S. What did you mean by "rustic"? Argh, I KNOW, I should just go and get one myself but I have decided, for now, NOT to get one because I can't afford the calories. But I still want my food porn by-proxy.

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                  1. re: buttermarblepopcorn

                    Looks like something an amateur like myself would make at home. A two layer cake with a "mounded" look to it, not like a perfect cylindrical looking cake.

                    1. re: monku

                      At the Costco in Alhambra, they don't put it with the bakery stuff. It is actually in the section close to the cookies if I am not mistaken.

                      1. re: luckattack

                        Must be a feature item. The RVC at the Los Feliz store were in a refrigerated case up front near the cashier stands. Good location, I wouldn't have bought it if they were in the back.

                        1. re: luckattack

                          "It is actually in the section close to the cookies if I am not mistaken."

                          Costco (Los Feliz) has had a promotional RV cake from an outside vendor in the cookies section. It was the one with the cute gift bow of icing. The current cake being discussed seems to be a Costco bakery cake.

                    2. Taking the price and size into account it was a decent cake. The household consensus was that the CRV cake was a little flavorless and dry, and the icing tasted like the regular cake frosting Costco uses with cream cheese mixed in. Definitely no match for the RVC once served at Doughboy's.

                      1. And yet another siting: Costco Westlake Village...an entire cold case on an end opposite the meat case.

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                        1. re: liu

                          That is also where they are at the Hawthorne store

                        2. Saw them at the Marina Del Rey store...so tempting....almost bought one for dinner.

                          1. Saw them last week in the Durham, NC store - they were giving out samples. Was pretty good but I didn't buy it - might for a special occasion or a quick dessert to take somewhere.

                            1. Okay, I finally gave in and bought one at the Torrance Costco. They actually had a sign posted outside the entrance with six or so specialty items, one of them being the red velvet cake for $9.99.

                              The cakes were in the bakery section in the back, next to all the other pies and cakes. It's big and heavy. It didn't have that mounded rustic look that Monku spoke of -- it was perfectly flat on top and looked very much the opposite of rustic, rather classic factory-made like their other in-house cakes/pies.

                              Anyhow, even though I just polished off my THIRD slice (sigh) (I live alone), I can't say it's amazing. It's certainly not bad at all, but the last red velvet anything I'd eaten was a Sprinkles cupcake and I must admit that was in fact pretty darn amazing (because it was incredibly moist to the point of greasiness -- which I like -- and its flavor was distinct, though I can't really describe it).

                              Costco's cake version is ever-so-slightly dry, and the cream cheese frosting tasted exactly like what someone previously described: like a typical cake frosting with hints of cream cheese. Still, I'd say this was the best part. The cake just tasted like a common sweet cake without any distinct flavor that was just a tad dry.

                              I must share some of this with my parents or I will turn into a blimp.

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                              1. re: buttermarblepopcorn

                                We purchased one of the monster cakes based on the early glowing reviews, and... It is a far cry from mine..

                                The serious deficiency (in my humble opinion) is that the icing is not true cream cheese frosting. Maybe they supplemented, as others have suggested with a little cream cheese, but to me it was a factory produced regular white frosting. My grandma always made it with cream cheese frosting, and so did my mom.. I am surprised because the frosting is so easy to make.

                                My wife loves red velvet cake and I thought this was going to be a short cut. Even with teenagers in the house we ended up throwing away half.

                                It's not bad, it just isn't what we normally expect from red velvet cake..

                              2. The cake was a total disappointment. I bought it for my mom Bday and there were no compliments on the cake. I was so embarassed because it doesn't even taste like cake. the frosting is very good though. I should have seen the 25 lines of ingredients that are foreign to me and realize it could not taste like a cake but more like a commercial concoction.

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                                1. re: ChefDulce

                                  I have not tried this RVC but your description is exactly what I would expect from Costco. Lots of chemicals and thus not a quality cake!