Audio Sources - Full Text Articles

‘Costco will give you exactly what you know you didn’t need’: a customer says the retailer’s bakery botched his cake decoration

Listen to this article
costco warehouseIt’s unclear which Costco location was responsible for the misinterpreted cake design, but it could become a tradition in the Walker household.

Kena Betancur/VIEWpress/Getty Images

  • Stephen Walker says he was getting the cake for his daughter’s 3rd birthday, but it didn’t go as planned.
  • He compared the instructions — including the drawing — he gave to a Costco bakery to the end result.
  • The mishap sent both Reddit and Twitter into an uproar over the bakery’s hilarious interpretation.

One Reddit user has the internet confused and laughing about a cake mix-up at his local Costco.

Stephen Walker, also known as u/FlipDemStocks on Reddit, posted to the r/funny subreddit about the very specific cake decoration instructions he left when he ordered a cake at the store’s bakery.

“Costco will give you exactly what you know you didn’t need,” Walker captioned the post, which has gained nearly 2,000 comments.

The post’s images included Walker’s detailed request for a white half-sheet cake with “no writing/ no designs” and “red frosting on perimeter for top/bottom.” He even drew an example of what he wanted the cake to look like.

“I used a black pen to draw a quick sketch of what I thought a cake would look like,” Walker told “I was like, ‘I got directions and a little illustration here. They can’t mess this up. Right?'”

Unfortunately for Walker — and fortunately for internet jokesters — he got a white sheet cake, but it featured a version of his drawing in frosting on the middle of the cake.

Walker’s photos of the Costco cake, which was for his daughter’s 3rd birthday, were uploaded to Twitter where the jokes only continued. The mix-up reminded some users of their own quirky misunderstandings when ordering customized items.

—Hannah Kirk ♍︎ (@FilthyHan) April 7, 2023

And, apparently, there are more hilarious cake decorations that went awry out there.

—Andrea Sunflower 🌻Exxxotica 4-21 (@Naked_Unicorn83) April 13, 2023

Costco did not respond to a request for comment. It’s unclear where the cake was ordered.

According to, Walker ended up keeping the cake since he was “in a time crunch” and planned to add a cake topper to the dessert anyway. 

“We were in a hurry, so I was like, ‘Well, I’ll just scrape it off,'” he told, “Maybe next year what I’ll do is, I’ll just send the photo of the picture I took of the cake with my shadow in the background and send it to the same bakery, and ask, ‘Can you print this up as a cake topper?'” 

Walker has plans to keep the birthday tradition going.

“That’ll just be the cake topper, and I’ll just take a picture every year. So it’s like, a picture of a picture of a picture, like ‘Inception.'”

Read the original article on Business Insider
WP Radio
WP Radio