Here is everything you need to know about buying a birthday cake at Walmart.
First of all, there is more than one way to buy a cake from Walmart. You can either start the process online by browsing cake options on Walmart.com anytime here. Or, you can place a cake order in person at your local Walmart.
Either way, you will need to pick up your cake in person when it’s ready as Walmart does not deliver their own cakes in the mail.
It’s also important to note that the Walmart Bakery does not bake their own cakes. Instead, the cakes arrive frozen and are then thawed and hand-decorated by Walmart cake decorators.
Whether you’re shopping online or in person, you can choose from a range of birthday cake options, including ready-made cakes as well as fully customizable cakes.
The Walmart Bakery sells birthday cakes in the following styles:
- Sheet cakes
- Round cakes
- Tiered cakes
Whether you’re ordering a pre-made cake or a custom cake, you can choose from the following flavors, fillings, and icings.
- Bavarian cream
Back in December, we posted a guide to Walmart cakes where you can learn all about the different cake options available (not just for birthdays). For info specific to Walmart’s wedding cake options, check out our complete guide here.
Walmart cakes range in price from $4.48 for a single custom cupcake to $84 for a customized two-tiered birthday cake.
That said, most of Walmart’s birthday cakes are available for about $30.
When it comes to birthday cake pricing, the most affordable option is a standard single-tier birthday round cake, which can be purchased as is for $19.98. If you would like to customize the your cake, the price can range up to $37.98.
A ready-made birthday sheet cake from the Walmart Bakery starts at just $29.96 and ranges up to $78.76 for customized options.
Finally, a two-tier round birthday cake starts at $78 and ranges up to $84 when customized.
How To Design & Order A Custom Birthday Cake Online
When shopping for cakes on Walmart.com, you can either start with a blank canvas and design your cake yourself, or you can choose from a variety of themed cakes. Either way, you get to choose the cake flavors, fillings, and icing varieties.
To order a birthday cake on Walmart.com, follow these steps:
- Visit the Walmart Cakes page on Walmart.com
- Choose the cake you wish to purchase
- Select your desired cake flavor and filling (if your cake has multiple tiers, you can select individual flavors and fillings for each tier)
- Next, you will be asked to choose an icing style, flavor, and lettering (if desired)
- When done, click “check out” in the top right corner of the screen
- Select the Walmart location where you’d like to pick up your cake
- Next, choose your preferred pickup date and time
- Proceed to the payment stage to complete your order
- At your designated pickup time, arrive at your chosen Walmart location
- Let an employee know you’re there to pick up a cake and they will assist you
When ordering a Walmart cake, keep in mind that Walmart recommends placing your custom cake order at least 24 hours in advance. If you’re ordering a particularly complex or multi-tiered cake, it’s best to place your order about a week in advance.
Are Walmart’s Birthday Cakes Good?
When asked if Walmart cakes are any good, several Reddit users responded like this:
Here’s some more input from the same thread suggesting that it’s all about the frosting:
If you request custom lettering on your cake, beware that you might not be amazed with the result. One Reddit user shared a picture of the birthday cake they ordered for their mom from Walmart, and it ended up on a page reserved specifically for “face-palm” moments:
Granted, this happened eight years ago, so hopefully Walmart’s cake decorators have sharpened their skills by now.
At the end of the day, just remember… it’s Walmart. It’s not a gourmet French bakery, so don’t expect it to be. If you’re looking for an affordable birthday cake with decent flavor that can feed a lot of people, then go for it. But if you’re looking for a high-quality cake that will blow all other cakes out of the water, you’re better off spending more money and going to a bakery that actually bakes their cakes from scratch.
Does Walmart make free smash cakes?
Sort of. To get a “free” smash cake (a small cake made specifically for a baby’s first birthday), you’ll need to purchase another cake or bakery item first. If you spend at least $14.98 at the Walmart Bakery, you can qualify for a complimentary 6” white or chocolate “smash” cake.
Does Walmart make birthday cakes for dogs?
No. However, you can purchase birthday cakes for dogs at select Walmart locations and on Walmart.com. These cake treats are not produced by the Walmart Bakery.
Does Walmart make gluten-free birthday cakes?
No. Unfortunately, the Walmart Bakery does not offer gluten-free options for their custom or ready-made cakes.
Does Walmart have a rainbow birthday cake?
Yes. While the Walmart Bakery does not produce any rainbow cakes, you can order a rainbow cake from Carlo’s Bakery through Walmart.com.