Does Costco Make Wedding Cakes And Custom Cakes? [Guide]

Looking for a wedding cake and wondering if Costco makes them or if Costco makes custom cakes? Here are all the answers you seek.

Besides groceries, appliances, furniture, and electronics, Costco also have a bakery on site in pretty much every one of their over 500 warehouses across the United States.

With such facilities on site, Costco have taken their service one step further by making cakes and selling them fresh to their customers.

As a result of the effort made by Costco, the cakes made at the retailer have gained popularity and now customers wonder whether Costco can also make custom and wedding cakes.

After some research, here’s what I have found.

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Does Costco Make Wedding Cakes In 2023?

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As of 2023, Costco does make custom cakes. Do note that they are only available to current Costco members otherwise you won’t be able to avail of the service.

Some of the cakes you can get from Costco include wedding cakes, graduation cakes, birthday cakes, and many more. Typical Costco wedding cakes cost around $20 and take around two days to prepare from the time you order.

If you want to learn more about the possible customizations, ordering process, and custom cake alternatives for non-members, continue reading.

What Types Of Cakes Does Costco Make?

Costco doesn’t specifically focus on making cakes. Cake making is a very niche service provided by the retailer and as a result, the sizes, flavors, and designs offered are fairly limited.

Despite that, you can still customize your cake a fair amount using the different Costco templates.

Most Costco customers order cakes for:

  • Birthdays
  • Weddings
  • Baby showers
  • Graduation
  • Retirement
  • Sporting events

Besides that, once you’ve chosen the overall design of the cake, you can further customize it by cherry-picking the icing flavor and filling. If you want, you can also add custom text to the cake.

As for the limitations that Costco have in place when it comes to customizing their cakes, customers can’t choose between two, three, or more layered cakes. This is because Costco can only customize their default cakes, which come in rectangular shapes.

How Much Does A Custom Costco Cake Cost?

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The price of custom cakes at Costco can differ depending on your location and time of year. Generally speaking, you’ll find that single-size sheet cakes at Costco cost around $20. This includes the design, personalization, and everything else Costco offers.

Besides the rectangular cakes, you can also buy round chocolate and vanilla cakes for under $15. Those are smaller and measure around 10 inches in diameter.

What Is The Costco Cake Ordering Process?

To order a cake from Costco, you must do it in-store. As of 2023, Costco doesn’t take any online cake orders.

Once at your local Costco store, you must complete an order form that the Costco bakers will then follow to create the desired cake for your needs.

Upon filling the form, you will have to pay for the cake. You can do that via Apple Pay or any other payment method including cash.

Then, all you have to do is wait between 24 and 48 hours for your order to be fulfilled. When your cake is ready, you can either take advantage of the Costco shipping (doesn’t apply to some states or if you live far away from the store) or you can pick it up from the store’s bakery.

Does Costco Do Photo Cakes?

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No, Costco doesn’t make photo cakes in 2023. If that is what you want, then it is a better idea to either go to a cake specialist or visit Dairy Queen or Walmart as they offer this type of service.

Do I Need To Be A Costco Member Buy Custom Cakes From Costco?

Yes, you need to hold an active Costco membership in order to be able to buy custom cakes from Costco. If you are not a Costco member, you can become one for as little as $60 per year.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a Costco membership, you can simply check if your local Costco has a one-day pass or ask a friend that has a Costco membership to buy the cake for you. If you don’t know anybody with an active Costco membership, it is probably worth going to another store that is open to the public without requiring paid memberships.

Are There Alternative Stores That Make Custom Or Wedding Cakes?

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If Costco doesn’t happen to make what you’re after, then there are plenty of other alternatives that you can opt-in for. Some of the most popular chains for custom cakes aside from Costco include:

  • Sam’s Club
  • Publix
  • Albertsons

At Publix, you can customize your cakes further as they allow for layers of cake to be stacked on top of each other. They follow a tier-based system where the bigger and the more extravagant the cake becomes, the higher the final price of the cake will be.

As a general rule of thumb, their standard wedding cakes start at around $180.

In terms of Sam’s Club, similarly to Costco, they also offer a variety of cake sizes and shapes. They have a dedicated cake style guide on their website, which allows you to visually shop for the cake that makes the most sense to you.

And last but not least, Albertsons is another popular destination for ordering custom cakes. Though they don’t have a dedicated wedding cake service, upon request, they are often happy to make it work.

Conclusion – Does Costco Make Custom Cakes In 2023?

Yes, you can get a custom cake made at Costco for your celebration – be it a birthday or a wedding. Now, it’s worth mentioning that their customization isn’t great, but you can still pick the design, flavor, and even add text on the top of the cake.

Since Costco’s cake customization doesn’t go that far, if you’re after a more comprehensive cake design that will impress your audience, then it’s probably a better idea to reach out to a cake specialist that is solely dedicated to making cakes.

Despite the limitation in customization, the Costco bakeries throughout the United States get custom cake orders on a daily basis.

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Arthur Beringer

Arthur graduated in 2002 with a Master's in Business Administration from LSU Alexandria. After working in the retail industry for almost 20 years, he decided to quit and write full-time to help readers who are searching online for consumer-related answers.