Last week I saw Victoria Beckham cut into a big watermelon with a candle on it and eat it like a birthday cake, and I've had an intense craving for cake ever since. I'm not talking about any sophisticated flourless chocolate cakes or elegant salted caramel tarts, either. I'm dreaming about a proper birthday cake right out of a 7-year-old's party, with white frosting and loads of sprinkles for the ultimate nostalgia factor.
As an adult, however, are you even allowed to just buy a birthday cake for no reason? I always feel like the store clerk will ask me to provide proof of children, or at least buy a package of novelty party hats to go with it.
But now I feel like Trader Joe's has my back, because they've just introduced a new grab-and-go birthday cake that serves up to 10 people for just $6.99.
Trader Joe's new "Party Cake" debuted on Friday as a classic two-tier vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting, and the whole thing is covered in rainbow confetti sprinkles. TJ's promises they will never skimp on the sprinkles, and the top is intentionally left blank so you can decorate it yourself, add candles or sparklers, or just leave it plain.
It’s amazing how much some fun packaging and a healthy dose of sprinkles can make me want to buy something so simple. Trader Joe’s now sells their own Party Cakes in their bakery section. Description from website: “two layers of fluffy, white, vanilla cake, slathered with rich, vanilla buttercream frosting and hand-decorated with rainbow-colored confetti sprinkles.” Aka, it’s cake. I haven’t tried it yet but knowing Trader Joe’s, and knowing cake, there’s no way this isn’t good.
Trader Joe's is calling this a "Party Cake," and they suggest using it for birthdays, office parties, baby showers, and other types of soirées. But I can think of a lot of reasons to throw a party if there were a $7 cake at hand. Did your friend finish her novel? She deserves a cake! Reading a whole novel is a big achievement that should not go uncelebrated. And I know everyone says getting the trash cans out to the curb before the garbage truck arrives is its own reward, but that sounds like cake time to me.
The whole cake weighs 21 ounces. Theoretically it serves eight to 10 people, but I mean ... honestly I think four suitably dedicated people could make short work of it.
And if you have four people and cake, you've got a party.