Sunday, July 31, 2011

Costco All American Chocolate Cake: Perfect Birthday Cake

So today's my sister's birthday, and you'd think I would have baked a cake. No, and "I knew she was coming, but..."

The clan is gathering this weekend in Bodega Bay, and I had way too many things to do to get ready for the onslaught. At the birthday party today, we'll have 4 generations. Oldest: The Grand Dame at 90. Youngest: the Princess at 17 months. Common denominator? Chocolate. Which Birthday Cake? Costco All American Chocolate Cake. It's my cake of choice for large parties.

This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's ever tasted the fabulous Costco All American Chocolate Cake. It's huge! It's delicious! It's a deep dark chocolate four layer cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. 7 pounds of heaven! Yes, it really is 7 pounds  (the mystery: if you eat it all, you'll gain 20!). I bought it yesterday, but this cake freezes very well, in case you have room in your freezer for this gigantic cake--for emergency parties. Actually I've been told that many restaurants buy the Costco All American Chocolate Cake, slice it thin, and serve with raspberry or strawberry sauce. Really. Of course these restaurants don't employ any of my pastry chef friends. The restaurants probably charge a fortune, too. The Costco All American Chocolate Cake is a real deal at $16.99.

If you want to get fancy (or fancier) with the cake (it's already decorated with beautiful frosting with chocolate curls down the sides) freeze or chill the cake in order to get the slices really thin. Makes it easier to cut. Then drizzle with raspberry sauce! But if you're like me, fresh is the way to go. Use a good cake slicer. As I said this is a mile high cake. Add candles, and it's the perfect birthday cake!

Happy Birthday, Judie!


Heidi said...

I love this cake! It never occurred to me to freeze I'll probably be eating a lot more of it.

~~louise~~ said...

Happy Birthday to your sister, Janet!!!

I would never think to buy a Costco cake, intriguing...However, if you say so that's all this girl needs.

Thanks for sharing...

P.S. Thank you for your kind comment, Janet. I'm beginning to feel more like myself. I'll be celebrating Coffee Month tomorrow on my blog:)

Janet A said...

I love it, you and I writing about Costco products on the same day. I wrote about the products to make that cake. I love the Costco bakery. Everything they make is great. Chocolate chip muffins, perfection!

Anonymous said...

best chocolate layer cake ever!! seriously, you will never want to diy ever again!

Anonymous said...

I ate almost the whole thing! Took me 10 days.....a chocolate lovers dream!