It had been a long quarantine for Megan Engles and her loved ones, and they desperately necessary a reason to celebrate. So when their puppy Linus’s birthday arrived, Ms. Engles, who lives in Kansas City, Mo., did what she would do for any other unique situation: She headed to her area Costco to select up a sheet cake. But there have been none to be located.

Costco’s 50 percent-sheet cakes, rectangular creations beloved by consumers for their affordability and freshness, have extensive been a staple at birthday get-togethers, graduations and other large gatherings. But like handshakes and crowded bars, the cakes could have turn into another casualty of the coronavirus.

50 percent-sheet cakes are not presently staying marketed at any locale in the U.S., and the company has no speedy plans to carry them again, Costco reported in a statement on Thursday. The bakeries instead will target on spherical, 10-inch cakes that “seem to be resonating with our members,” the statement said.

Though Costco would not elaborate on the distinct motive for discontinuing revenue of the 50 %-sheet cake, the enterprise indicated in a response to many shopper responses on Facebook that it was related to the coronavirus pandemic. “To enable restrict personal get hold of and make much more room for social distancing, Costco has lowered support in some departments,” the enterprise wrote. “At this time, we are not creating sheet cakes for special get.”

Costco sheet cakes have performed a part in most of Ms. Engles’s relatives events, from her grandmother’s 100th birthday celebration to anniversary celebrations.

“They’re scrumptious,” Ms. Engles reported. “I really don’t know if they’re new or if Costco utilizes top-quality ingredients, but they’re mouth watering.”

The frosting on the grocery shop cake she settled for on Linus’s birthday tasted waxy, and the cake was much more pricey, she said.

When Ms. Engles realizes that below coronavirus protocol, there are couple of, if any, huge-scale gatherings happening that would need a substantial cake, Ms. Engles claimed she considered shoppers need to have the option to purchase one — even if that indicates obtaining leftovers to freeze. Costco’s 50 %-sheet cakes, which were advertised as serving 48 people today, expense a lot less than $20, prospects said. Two cake flavors have been provided: white, crammed with two lbs . of vanilla cheesecake mousse and topped with white buttercream frosting and chocolate, crammed with two lbs of chocolate mousse and iced with chocolate buttercream. Buyers could choose from a assortment of designs, which includes bouquets, lattice hearts or a dinosaur.

The company very first declared in a video on Fb previous month that it was discontinuing its half-sheet cake, prompting an on line outcry from prospects. Quite a few commenters said that sheet cake was the only purpose they had splurged on a Costco membership. One particular client explained she had served the cake at her wedding day and had purchased it every calendar year for her anniversary.

When Shala Reed, of Yorkville, Sick., grew to become a Costco member, her 1st buy was a chocolate sheet cake that browse “Congrats on your new Costco card.” She mentioned she had purchased a sheet cake just about every thirty day period since.

Ms. Reed vowed to flood Costco’s recommendation box right until the corporation delivers them back again.

Jessica Luke, of Jeffersonton, Va., stated she experienced ordered sheet cakes at minimum a few instances a calendar year. The previous ones she acquired were for her son’s 5th birthday previous year. 1 was a vanilla cake adorned with an American flag, the other a chocolate cake adorned with a pink, white and blue unicorn.

“We have been members of Costco for more than a ten years and purchased individuals cakes for each justification we could,” Ms. Luke explained. “The cakes have a filling that is prosperous and sweet and keeps the cake moist.”

This isn’t the 1st time Costco buyers have gone to battle for a food stuff merchandise. Prospects expressed comparable dissatisfaction when the business introduced it would no extended sell Polish warm dogs at the foods court docket. (The hot dogs have not returned.)

As for the long run of the 50 percent-sheet, some shoppers are keeping out hope that the organization will reinstate it when big gatherings are allowed.

“Cakes are at the incredibly heart of celebrations,” Ms. Engles explained. “Entire activities are even centered all over the chopping of the cake. Remaining equipped to have them in this time allows generate joy and continue to enables for celebration in a time that some men and women might truly feel there is not a good deal to rejoice.