You won’t find this birthday cake on the McDonald’s menu.
You can always count on TikTok to teach you something new. This week we were shocked when we learned that you can actually buy a sheet cake at McDonald’s. But many McDonald’s employees didn’t even know about the cakes, so we bet this is new news to you, too.
Here’s everything you need to know about the newly-famous McDonald’s birthday cake.
Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too
TikTok user @kayrock93 surprised everyone when she uploaded a video of her visiting her local McDonald’s and purchasing a celebratory sheet cake. Packed in a white cardboard box, the sponge cake—available in your choice of chocolate or vanilla—is covered in vanilla frosting and features an image of Ronald McDonald in the center.
@kayrock93Here ya go guys! Bought another one 🎂#cake #mcdonalds #fyp #foryourpage #viral
This McDonald’s sheet cake can totally be used for anything that’s worth celebrating….birthdays, promotions, making it through another Monday, whatever!
How Can I Get One?
McDonald’s off-menu sheet cakes are available for just $9. While the price might be right, there is a catch—the cakes aren’t available at every location. It’s up to local management to decide if they want to offer them at their store.
There’s only one way to find out…swing by your local McDonald’s and ask. Don’t be surprised if the employees aren’t entirely sure what you’re talking about. Up until this week, this cake seems to be one of the-best kept McDonald’s secrets.
If your local store isn’t selling these cakes, check out these easy-to-serve sheet cake recipes you can make yourself.
Sheet Cake Recipes to Make at Home
We sold pieces of this to-die-for carrot cake at an art show and before long, sold out of the 10 cakes we had made! —Dottie Cosgrove, South El Monte, California
My husband and I are trying to eat lighter but still crave sweets. This moist, healthy chocolate cake really helps with that. With the rich frosting, it makes a decadent treat! —LaDonna Reed, Ponca City, Oklahoma
This tender, buttery cream cheese cake with a thin layer of fudge frosting is perfect for a crowd. It’s always popular at potlucks and parties. It’s not uncommon to see folks going back for second and even third pieces. —Gaye Mann, Rocky Mount, North Carolina
This chocolaty delight was one of my favorites growing up. The Texas sheet cake is so moist and the icing so sweet that everyone who samples it wants a copy of the recipe. —Susan Ormond, Jamestown, North Carolina
Lemon pie filling lends a splash of citrus flavor to convenient cake mix, and a rich cream cheese frosting gives it sweetness. My family likes this lemon sheet cake cold, so I cut it into squares and freeze before serving.
—Alyce Dubisar, North Bend, Oregon
This sheet cake is perfect for serving to a crowd. It keeps so well that you can easily prepare it a day ahead and it will stay moist. I often bring it to church potlucks, and I have yet to take much of it home. —Kim Miller Spiek, Sarasota, Florida
I love peanut butter and chocolate, so I combined recipes to blend the two. This chocolate peanut butter cake is heavenly served plain or topped with ice cream. —Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas
This cake gets better the longer it sits, so I try to make it a day ahead. My mother-in-law introduced this deliciously rich sheet cake to me. With its creamy frosting and light almond flavor, no one can stop at just one piece! —Joanie Ward, Brownsburg, Indiana
As a confirmed chocoholic, this is my all-time favorite treat. I found the original recipe more than 20 years ago, but have lightened it up quite a bit. Everyone asks for the recipe, and no one suspects that it’s lighter than most chocolate cakes. —Carleta Foltz, Sunrise Beach, Missouri
A dear friend of mine gave me this recipe, and I make it often, especially for potlucks. Sometimes I make it ahead, freeze the cake and then frost it before the party. —Merrill Powers, Spearville, Kansas