The 5 Best Grocery Store Cakes You Can Buy

Homemade might be best, but when you're in a pinch, grocery store cakes can save your party. Find out which stores have the best options.

When it comes to cakes, we all know homemade is best and sometimes even the most elegant option—have you seen these beautiful cakes? But when you’re feeding a crowd or just are too busy prepping all the other dishes for your party, a grocery store cake can really be a godsend. But when you’re opting for one of these tasty shortcuts, it’s important to get your hands on the best supermarket cake you can. Find out where you can get the tastiest cakes at the best price.

Sam’s Club

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If you check out any online wedding forums, you’re bound to find brides raving about Sam’s Club cakes. While the cakes themselves only come in chocolate, vanilla or marble, these brides (and so many other customers), rave about the perfectly moist and delicate cakes. The real star of the show, though, is the store’s trademark whipped frosting. Of course, it’s sweet, but it’s very light making it the perfect companion for their cakes. And since it’s Sam’s Club, you can count on getting a good price.

You can order cakes of any size (even cupcakes) from your local Sam’s Club store. If you’re really looking to make a statement, though, you might want to look into their unicorn cake!

Costco

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If you’re more of a Costco fan than Sam’s Club, don’t worry—this discount retailer also has a reputation for great cakes perfect for serving a crowd. Available in chocolate and vanilla (both with mousse fillings), Costco cakes can be decorated in countless ways to suit whatever party you’re throwing. Plus, with the wholesaler’s trademark low prices, you can be sure to feed all your guests for less.

Learn more how you can save even more money at Costco with these tips.

Whole Foods

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For folks looking for a few more flavor options, Whole Foods’ bakery is for you. Each location offers a unique selection of cakes, but rest assured, the menu doesn’t stop at just vanilla and chocolate. Many stores offer carrot cake, coconut sponge, strawberry chiffon and vegan options—all of which can be decorated and customized to your liking. According to Phoenix’s Arizona Republic, these Whole Foods cakes have a distinctly homemade taste, and for home cooks looking for a party shortcut, this is a big win—you might be able to pass it off as your own!

And don’t let the reputation of Whole Foods fool you. You can get great cakes at surprisingly low prices here. A cake for 12 people can cost as little as $15!

Albertsons

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Looking for even more flavors? You’ll probably want to check out Albertsons. In their bakery you can order a whole host of cakes—like tiramisu and strawberry shortcake—or mix and match flavors to build your dream cake. Just check out their list of cake flavors, fillings and frostings. You’ll find options like spice cake and lemon cake and fun icings like Snickers and truffle. If you’re looking for variety in your grocery store cake, or you just love to mix and match, Albertsons is a must.

Publix

Publix

When it comes to grocery store cakes, though Publix reigns supreme. This Southern grocery store chain offers cakes in a handful of irresistible flavors. You can order cookies and cream, raspberry cream cheese, caramel pecan praline, rocky road and toasted coconut cakes along with many other flavors. Each of these comes with its own signature decoration, but you can also feel free to customize to suit your party. Also, with this supermarket’s range of offerings, you can get a cake to serve any size crowd you might have; their mini cakes serve just a few guests, while their wedding cakes options can feed up to 100 people!

Need more reasons to love Publix? Check this out.

While you can always make your own cake for your next festive occasion, it never hurts to have a grocery store bakery or two on speed dial, just in case you get pinched for time! Whichever of these you choose, you’ll end up with a tasty confection all your guests will enjoy.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.