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post #1 of 18
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Could someone please let me know if I figured this correctly...I'm making 12"-10"-6" rounds, single layer (2" cake torted and filled) and came up with about 53 servings according to the Wilton chart. Does that seem right?

On a separate note, I'd love feedback about these sizes together. It's for my niece's baptism and I'm planning on centering the 10" on the 12" and then off-setting the 6" towards the back of the 10" so that I can write the message on top of the 10". I have a ceramic topper for the very top. I played around with my cake pans for a while on this to come up with a good design and the right servings (need 50). I'd appreciate thoughts on this.

TIA!

Lara
post #2 of 18
That would be correct as long as you only cut your pieces 2x2x2 If someone else is cutting it and they cut bigger then you won't have that many servings.
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post #3 of 18
Or what if someone says " that is sooo good, may I have another slice?" I hate to cut things that close.....( no pun intended )
post #4 of 18
I'm doing a similair size but 4" heights of 12" 10" 8" and have calculated its enough to serve 60 generously

Am I calculating correctly?

Also any help with how I can diagram the slicing and serving sizes would be helpful as I am not going to there to cut and serve

Thanks!
post #5 of 18
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Thank you for the responses! I will be there to cut and serve the cake, so I don't have to worry about someone else cutting it too large. In addition, I know that my SIL and several of her relatives don't ever eat cake icon_confused.gif , so I should be okay on servings. I just wanted to be sure I calculated correctly. Thanks again! icon_smile.gif

Chocolatecake, I would think you would be able to serve even more than 60 generously with those sizes. I think the Wilton site has cake cutting guides that could provide a diagram for you to give your customer. HTH.
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by chocolatecake

I'm doing a similair size but 4" heights of 12" 10" 8" and have calculated its enough to serve 60 generously

Am I calculating correctly?

Also any help with how I can diagram the slicing and serving sizes would be helpful as I am not going to there to cut and serve

Thanks!


Here's my website where I have pics on how to cut a tiered cake to achieve the Wilton wedding servings. Print this out and give it to them.
http://cateritsimple.com/_wsn/page19.html

And a 2-layer 12/10/8 will serve 118, per the wilton wedding chart, which is what I go by (and I frequently have guests ask for a smaller piece). See the cut pieces of cake on plates in the above link....they are good dessert size pieces of cake.
post #7 of 18
I am confused - is each layer 4" of cake and filling or is each layer 2" of cake?
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by CakeDiva73

I am confused - is each layer 4" of cake and filling or is each layer 2" of cake?



No, it is easily explained at Debi's web page...... I will mess it up if I try to tell you..... I give all my clients a print out of these instructions.... Makes things sooo much easier.....
post #9 of 18
Here's my website where I have pics on how to cut a tiered cake to achieve the Wilton wedding servings. Print this out and give it to them.
http://cateritsimple.com/_wsn/page19.html

Thank you so much Debi for sharing your site. I've visited and found it helpful.

I've been asked to quote for a round wedding cake which will have to serve 300-350 guests. Can anyone help by telling what sizes of cake should I make? I've referred to Wilton chart and wedding cake book. A 5-tier of 6", 8", 10", 12" and 14" (all with 4" height) can only serve 230 guests according to Wilton's chart!
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post #10 of 18
Add a 16" round and it serves 318.

How many people did she invite? My 60% Rule says if she is expecting 300-350 people, did she REALLY invite 500-600?

Also I think a 50 person span is pretty big. If one of my brides told me a headcount with that big of a span, I'd know immediately that she has no idea how many to expect and she has no control on her headcount .... meaning she's overpaying for just about everything ... too much food, too many tables, too many linens, too many centerpieces, too many cans of soda, etc.
post #11 of 18
Thank you Debi. That's great advice. icon_smile.gif
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post #12 of 18
Thanks IndyDeb!

Just to clarify because I'm still a bit confused;

The Wilton Chart is for cakes that are 2" Tall so if you are doing a 4" tall cake you double the Wilton suggested serving sizes serving amounts

So Indy Deb- your servings are :
4 Tall x 2" wide x 1" length?

Also aren't Wedding slices traditionaly smaller than "Party "sizes- do you cut all of your events that size?

Thanks!
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by chocolatecake

Thanks IndyDeb!

The Wilton Chart is for cakes that are 2" Tall so if you are doing a 4" tall cake you double the Wilton suggested serving sizes serving amounts

So Indy Deb- your servings are :
4 Tall x 2" wide x 1" length?

Also aren't Wedding slices traditionaly smaller than "Party "sizes- do you cut all of your events that size?




I think the Wilton Chart is for 2" tall pan but 2 layer cakes which should be 4" tall cake. If you look at their 'Wedding Cake Cutting Guide' each slice should be 4"x2"x1". I notice Debi's guide on her site is also 4"x2"x1". I was once told by a CC member that this is the standard size for wedding cake. Would appreciate if you can confirm this, Debi icon_smile.gif

Also, what is the standard party size?
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post #14 of 18
I'm not Debi, but you are correct!

Party size slices are 1.5x2x4 http://www.wilton.com/cake/cakeprep/baking/times/party_2inch.cfm
post #15 of 18
Thank you beachcakes.

Do you know why party cake is slightly bigger per serving than wedding cake?
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