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Where to buy cheap but good birthday cakes?

By 12 January 2012 43

Hi, got a 21st birthday coming up too soon for my liking and I am trying to find out good recommendations where to get a good cake.

For my sisters a few years ago, we got her a big amazing chocolate mudcake from the woolies in Dickson but pretty sure they have stopped doing it.

I am thinking of buying one from Costco because I have heard they do nice cakes. Any other recommendations?

(I love making cakes myself from scratch for family and friends birthdays but I cannot justify spending 200 dollars on a cake! – nor do I want to make my own birthday cake)

If you could tell me any good places or where you buy your friends and families cakes from it would be most appreciated.

I live in Gungahlin but am willing to travel :)

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43 Responses to Where to buy cheap but good birthday cakes?
#1
Dork9:52 am, 12 Jan 12

Cake lovers in Bonython.

#2
Bad Seed9:55 am, 12 Jan 12

Haven’t tried them but the Costco ones look like great value. The previous poster mentioned Cake lovers and I went to them once and they are cetrainly nice but not cheap.

#3
Gantz9:58 am, 12 Jan 12

You could bake one? If not though, def grab one of the Costco Cakes.

#4
Pestiness9:59 am, 12 Jan 12

Hey Katie, My sister MAKES all the family b’day cakes. She’s not a trained cake-maker, but she does a brilliant job and it would likely be cheaper and better than a store-bought (they are made with love!). She could possibly do you a ‘bespoke’ theme cake (she has even made ‘rude’ ones). If you’d like, I can send you pics of the gingerbread house she did for xmas and some of her other creations.

#5
Holden Caulfield10:04 am, 12 Jan 12

“I live in Gungahlin but am willing to travel”

Dork said :

Cake lovers in Bonython.

Well played!

#6
KB197110:06 am, 12 Jan 12

+ 1 for the Costco cake. I bought a black forest for my wife the other day & is was pretty good. She loved it.

#7
Pestiness10:06 am, 12 Jan 12

Not sure if my last comment posted…
Hi Katie, my sister makes all our family bday cakes. She does a brilliant job. Not a professionally-trained decorator, but her cakes are awesome (she has even done ‘rude’ ones). She could probably do a bespoke theme one for you for less than $100 (prob a lot less, depending on the work going into it). If you’d like, I can send you pics of the gingerbread house she did for our xmas, and a few others (including my sister’s wedding cake).

#8
gospeedygo10:14 am, 12 Jan 12

Pretty sure Woolies have still sell mudcakes, just not giant ones or anything.

#9
Felix the Cat10:17 am, 12 Jan 12

The Cheesecake Shop
1/ 5 Badham St, Dickson 6257 6110

#10
bywongqueen10:21 am, 12 Jan 12

Cheap, aye? Why would you want something Cheap for a 21st birthday? Surely you would want something good at a reasonable price? I make mine myself (orange and poppy seed is on at the moment, and also teacake with coconut and home-grown and made raspberry jam topping). Suggest you try Amore Cakes – they have a stall at the real farmers market at EPIC – open this Saturday. Chocolate gluten-free stuff is to die for and their cakes taste like real cake. Ph. 0415 633 652 or email amorecakes@tempting.com

#11
chow10:28 am, 12 Jan 12

The Cheescake Shop. They also exist in Belconnen and Woden. I’ve only tried Costco cake once and was only impressed at the amount of sugar and fat for the price, not the taste.

#12
Mr Evil10:32 am, 12 Jan 12

Silo Bakery, Kingston? :-)

Just avoid the mayonnaise………

#13
OverLord10:47 am, 12 Jan 12

It’s a 21st people, it’s time to get redonkulous.

Buy TWO mudcakes from Costco and put one on top of the other. It will look awesome. Possibly put whipped cream in between them, and some cherries maybe.

And then make up some chocolate icing as ‘mortar’ and stick tim tams all the way around the sides and top of the cakes, in a brickwork pattern. Ooooooh, and alternate the colours with the white tim tams, will look tops.

I want to try this now, damn.

#14
KeenGolfer10:51 am, 12 Jan 12

https://www.facebook.com/pages/CakeFace/226180637454762

CakeFace as per above link. Under $100 for a custom themed cake.

#15
Ozi10:59 am, 12 Jan 12

Holden Caulfield said :

“I live in Gungahlin but am willing to travel”

Dork said :

Cake lovers in Bonython.

Well played!

I’m wondering if there is one further south we could recommend. Hmmm – apparently the Bake House at Adaminaby is good. ;)

Seriously though, +1 for the Bonython cake place. Located at the Bonython ‘shops’ (all three of them) next to Bonython Primary.

#16
cubicle0111:02 am, 12 Jan 12

OverLord said :

It’s a 21st people, it’s time to get redonkulous.

Buy TWO mudcakes from Costco and put one on top of the other. It will look awesome. Possibly put whipped cream in between them, and some cherries maybe.

And then make up some chocolate icing as ‘mortar’ and stick tim tams all the way around the sides and top of the cakes, in a brickwork pattern. Ooooooh, and alternate the colours with the white tim tams, will look tops.

I want to try this now, damn.

Hi Overlord,

Make sure you try this on a weekend. Someone in our office did this as part of the runaway arms race that our fortnightly morning tea became. We lost half the office to sugar induced stomach aches and migraines for two days.

#17
barbiekini11:15 am, 12 Jan 12

I bought an awesome decorated sponge cake from Woollies Gungahlin back in September for a birthday party. There was enough for everyone in the whole restaurant that we went to! Cost was about 30 or 40 bucks I think.

#18
OverLord11:41 am, 12 Jan 12

cubicle01 said :

OverLord said :

It’s a 21st people, it’s time to get redonkulous.

Buy TWO mudcakes from Costco and put one on top of the other. It will look awesome. Possibly put whipped cream in between them, and some cherries maybe.

And then make up some chocolate icing as ‘mortar’ and stick tim tams all the way around the sides and top of the cakes, in a brickwork pattern. Ooooooh, and alternate the colours with the white tim tams, will look tops.

I want to try this now, damn.

Hi Overlord,

Make sure you try this on a weekend. Someone in our office did this as part of the runaway arms race that our fortnightly morning tea became. We lost half the office to sugar induced stomach aches and migraines for two days.

I thought it was just my office that had an arms race style morning tea going on. Guess I was wrong. Although the Tim Tam Tower (using the afforementioned mortar technique) is still my crowning glory.

#19
EvanJames11:57 am, 12 Jan 12

OverLord said :

It’s a 21st people, it’s time to get redonkulous.

Buy TWO mudcakes from Costco and put one on top of the other. It will look awesome. Possibly put whipped cream in between them, and some cherries maybe.

And then make up some chocolate icing as ‘mortar’ and stick tim tams all the way around the sides and top of the cakes, in a brickwork pattern. Ooooooh, and alternate the colours with the white tim tams, will look tops.

I want to try this now, damn.

Wow! Seriously, what an excellent idea. You could really go to town on that, end up with something bloody delicious and impressive, without spending silly amounts of money.

#20
EvanJames12:01 pm, 12 Jan 12

OverLord said :

cubicle01 said :

Make sure you try this on a weekend. Someone in our office did this as part of the runaway arms race that our fortnightly morning tea became. We lost half the office to sugar induced stomach aches and migraines for two days.

I thought it was just my office that had an arms race style morning tea going on. Guess I was wrong. Although the Tim Tam Tower (using the afforementioned mortar technique) is still my crowning glory.

I have to remember that term, Arms Race Morning Tea. Up til now I’ve termed them Forced Morning Teas but the apparent competition to cook ever more impressive things is out of control. Can’t see the attraction myself and the ladies who eat this stuff (and spend the next two days picking at the leftovers) are forever on about losing weight and the relative “sinfulness” of various foods. Bloody hell, it’s just food.

#21
rosebud12:11 pm, 12 Jan 12

Continental Cakes in Queanbeyan make delicious grown up cakes with liquors etc as well as more standard ones in house with no pre-made mixes as I understand it. All from scratch with fresh cream. And lovely assortment of European style biscuits and individual cakes too. mmmmm, makes me want to rush over there now!

#22
SolarPowered12:38 pm, 12 Jan 12

Don’t go to the place next to Eagle Boys in Gungahlin called Take the Cake. Our neighbour bought a cake from there. They got the words very wrong and when my neighbour complained she got abused.

#23
Bad Seed9:24 am, 13 Jan 12

SolarPowered said :

Don’t go to the place next to Eagle Boys in Gungahlin called Take the Cake. Our neighbour bought a cake from there. They got the words very wrong and when my neighbour complained she got abused.

Not as wrong as some of these gems
http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2012/1/10/the-letter-of-the-flaw.html

#24
schmeah10:53 am, 13 Jan 12

I can’t believe people think Costco and Woolies cakes are 1) food and 2) suitable for a 21st birthday.

Shame on you.

#25
KB197111:12 am, 13 Jan 12

schmeah said :

I can’t believe people think Costco and Woolies cakes are 1) food and 2) suitable for a 21st birthday.

Shame on you.

Have you had a Costo cake? They are pretty good IHMO. Woolies are OK (not for 21′st though) but the op said cheap.

#26
Rusalka12:13 pm, 13 Jan 12

schmeah said :

I can’t believe people think Costco and Woolies cakes are 1) food and 2) suitable for a 21st birthday.

Shame on you.

I am so glad I wasn’t the only one thinking this. My faith in humanity was dwindling.

#27
GBT12:26 pm, 13 Jan 12

KB1971 said :

schmeah said :

I can’t believe people think Costco and Woolies cakes are 1) food and 2) suitable for a 21st birthday.

Shame on you.

Have you had a Costo cake? They are pretty good IHMO. Woolies are OK (not for 21′st though) but the op said cheap.

I agree. And really taste tiramisu as well, mmmm. Woolies I probably wouldn’t go near for anything more than a work morning tea.

#28
OverLord1:25 pm, 13 Jan 12

schmeah said :

I can’t believe people think Costco and Woolies cakes are 1) food and 2) suitable for a 21st birthday.

Shame on you.

Have you tried them?

Myself and everyone else who has tried it in my family and friends find the cakes to taste great, I mean nothing compared to one you bake yourself, but what are you going to do. Plus Costco apple pies taste amazing, probably giving me diabeetus or something, but amazing.

#29
NoImRight1:52 pm, 13 Jan 12

schmeah said :

I can’t believe people think Costco and Woolies cakes are 1) food and 2) suitable for a 21st birthday.

Shame on you.

Yeah have to agree. 21st is not the time to be saving a few dollars on the cake.

#30
EvanJames2:06 pm, 13 Jan 12

rosebud said :

Continental Cakes in Queanbeyan make delicious grown up cakes with liquors etc as well as more standard ones in house with no pre-made mixes as I understand it. All from scratch with fresh cream. And lovely assortment of European style biscuits and individual cakes too. mmmmm, makes me want to rush over there now!

Well don’t, thanks to the council epic stuffup with Crawford St, they have gone. The fast food guy from the Quean-B is moving into the tenancy shortly.

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