Costco is perhaps known for its gigantic bulk goods in every aisle, including the beloved bakery section. Pies, cakes and other pastries weighing over three, four and five pounds plus are the norm, until recently when the warehouse chain started rolling out smaller options. These items are miniature, but of course, come in large packages.
Like all other favorites in the bakery section, these four items are known to come and go throughout the year, but with their growing popularity, don’t be surprised if smaller versions of your favorite treats appear soon.
The newest Costco mini-bakery offering is the Raspberry Mini Cakes with Buttercream Frosting, which were spotted by members in early June. There have been several social media posts about them, with one saying they are “the real deal”.
According to social media, the miniature treat is made of a vanilla cake filled with raspberry jelly inside and topped with pink buttercream and white chocolate shavings. A six-pack retails for $8.99 and weighs over 2 pounds.
Similar in size, but drastically different in flavor, are the mini Snickerdoodle Cakes that Costco introduced to the bakery section in the fall of 2021. The treats recently made a return to Costco much to the delight of members.
They feature cinnamon cake topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and cinnamon cake crumbs. They also come in a six-pack for $8.99, which is $1 more since becoming available last year. Plus, like the Mini Raspberry Cakes, these weigh over 44 ounces. That means each cake weighs about 7 ounces, or more than half a pound!
OG Costco members remember the All American Chocolate Cake which was a staple in the bakery section. The 7-pound cake was a chocolate lover’s dream, but was sadly discontinued in 2020 along with other iconic Costco products.
A Change.org petition with over 8,000 signatures begs the chain of warehouses to bring it back, but they’ll have to wait as a mini version has since been introduced. And that seems like a good alternative. Mini All American Chocolate Cakes debuted in July 2021 and have since come and gone a few times.
They are made with the same three flavors of chocolate as the cake, right down to the chocolate shavings that were on the sides.
There are many different flavors of muffins in the bakery section, and mini cakes are following the trend. This spring, mini carrot cakes became available, just in time for the Easter holiday. Made with carrots, nuts, and raisins, they’re complete with carrot-made frosting on cream cheese frosting.
Before Mini Snickerdoodle Cakes, Mini Carrot Cakes, and Mini Raspberry Cakes, there was a flavor made just for Valentine’s Day. Mini Red Velvet Cakes were sold in the bakery department about six years ago as cupcakes but reappeared in late January.
Just like the other mini cake flavors, these come in a six-pack, weigh over 2.5 pounds, and are made with red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting, and velvet cake crumbs red.
Mini cakes aren’t the only thing bakers in the bakery section have shrunk. These bite-sized cookies come in a pack of 60 – yes, 60! — for $8.99 and are just smaller versions of the section’s iconic Chocolate Chunk Cookies.
Another mini bakery item at Costco are these tiny bisconies. They were first served fresh in a 12-pack in 2020, and “Each batch is baked with cranberries and orange zest, then sprinkled with granulated sugar,” Costco explains on Facebook. Members love them fresh or frozen, with coffee or plain. Boxes of 12 are $5.99.
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Amanda is an editor for Eat this, not that!. Read more