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There are so many different ideas, charts, websites, etc. as to how many servings a particular size will serve. I made a 2-tier cake for a friend this week and I'm asking her to tell me exactly how many it feeds so I can keep that as MY reference, but for now - I just got an order for a cake for a school function; a tiered cake for 50-75. Help? I like tall cakes so for instance an 8-inch cake, I bake 2 pans and stack them both with one layer of filling between the two.
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http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

This is the chart I use for everything. It is based off of 1X2X4 pieces.
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post #3 of 22
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This is one I've looked at too, but that seems like such a tiny piece of cake. Maybe not for wedding cakes, but how about birthday cakes? Thanks!
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There is a party cake cutting guide & wedding cake cutting guide on Wilton's site. Though the pieces may seem small, trust me, its the best way to slice up a cake.
Most cake muggles just hack in and have no idea how to cut a cake properly. Everyone ends up with whacked out slices, some with more icing than others, some with more cake icon_eek.gif Drives me batty!!! icon_cry.gif
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It's better to have the right size cake to the amount of servings needed. So if you need 50-75 servings (that is a big difference though, like a whole cake difference) I would aim at 75 servings than 50.

Your better off following a guide or if your not cutting the cake, supply a guide for them. I do that with my cakes.

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post #5 of 22
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I'm looking at the party cake guide on Wilton - but it doesn't show how big the pans are. Am I not looking at the right thing?

here's what I'm thinking.... 6", 8", and 9" tiers.

6"= 12 servings
8" = 24 servings
9" = 32 servings according to wilton wedding cakes
= 68 servings
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by jagvipers

... and I'm asking her to tell me exactly how many it feeds so I can keep that as MY reference,


You're going to let a cake civilian, who may or may not know how to "properly" cut a cake, tell YOU how many it serves? icon_eek.gif Send one to me and my daughter. We'll take a 10" round. I'll cut it in half .... one for her, one for me .... and I'll expect to pay you six bucks for it, since it only serves two.
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This is one I've looked at too, but that seems like such a tiny piece of cake. Maybe not for wedding cakes, but how about birthday cakes? Thanks!


When we have cake at family gatherings .... holidays, birthdays, Mary Kay parties, I cut the cake in the (wedding) 1x2x4 and NO ONE complains. I've even asked guests if the cake was too big or too small and to a man, they all tell me, "oh no, that was perfect!"

Here's the pic of a 1x2x4 piece of cake. "One Inch" is NOT "paper thin", like everyone thinks: http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1156785

If you are concerned that people don't know how to cut a cake properly, print off my cake cutting guide and give a copy of that with every cake. It's WAY easier and better than "The Dreaded Circle Method"! See link in my signature.
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by jagvipers

I'm looking at the party cake guide on Wilton - but it doesn't show how big the pans are. Am I not looking at the right thing?

here's what I'm thinking.... 6", 8", and 9" tiers.

6"= 12 servings
8" = 24 servings
9" = 32 servings according to wilton wedding cakes
= 68 servings



I think Wilton's pans are 2"pans.

First off, with those sizes your tiers are going to be tight. It doesn't give much room for borders, decorations etc around the tiers. Just a thought.....
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post #9 of 22
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Don't think that way, really. You have a good idea with the tiers/serving. I would maybe do two tiers in a larger size ( 8 & 10"), or something similar. You will still have roughly the same amount, just not so crowded looking.
Or
Do a 6 & 9 ( if you have those pans already) and make matching cupcakes to make up the difference.

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post #10 of 22
Thanks for the link indydebi. I have been struggling for a while on what is a true serving as Wilton just seems unreal and never could get that number. Then again, I have never cut a cake like your link suggests.
At my nieces wedding I cut them to about these sizes as it was square and I had a comment from a cousin that asked if I was putting them all on a diet. He suggested they were too small. I think or KNOW that the general public has a much bigger picture of what a slice should be. But then again, the slice served at a restaurant is bigger. Also, sizes of ALL foods are way too much as we know. This seems large enough to me. Like the idea of a cut piece of wood or styrofoam to show the size.
post #11 of 22
Here is a chart I recently discovered here on CC and it actually shows the number of pieces in each size cake and a good visual on how to cut, she also has charts for square and rectangle. This is using indy's cutting method. There is probably a better way to link to it but I am not very computer savvy. http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1300478
post #12 of 22
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I had a comment from a cousin that asked if I was putting them all on a diet.


I have family members who think it's a status symbol to talk about how much they eat. (And to be fair, I come from a German heritage family with "hearty" appetites.) But I always had at least one person at the weddings ask me for "a smaller piece please.' Don't judge it by what ONE person says.

Cousin Jethro is perfectly welcome to take two pieces if he wants.

Decades ago, when it was more common for a relative to cut the cake, a bride asked me to allow her cousin to 'help' me cut and serve. This woman wanted to cut the cake in BRICKS!!! I kept saying, "move the knife in ... more... more ... more ... more. THAT'S it!" She said "I dont' think the bride wants this cut in teeny pieces." (Uh .... I don't think the bride really cares right now, but I DO think the "somewhat large" cousin holding the knife was the one with the problem about the cake size!).

I told her, "Those who wants seconds are welcome to come back for more, but we ARE going to cut this cake properly and make sure everyone gets thru the line at least once, first."
post #13 of 22
I'm supposed to make a baby shower cake for my friend's daughter this weekend and they're expecting between 40 and 45 people. According to the charts that have been posted, I should make either a 10" tier cut into wedding cake-size servings, or a 12" and 10" cut into party-size servings. Hmmm . . . .

I was originally going to go with 10" and 6" rounds but that probably won't be enough, will it?
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post #14 of 22
Pianodiva,

I recently made a bridal shower cake with a 6" top and 10" bottom for 45 people and cut it according to Indydebi's instructions and they didn't even touch the 6" tier.

It is very important to ask if the cake will be the only dessert because more of it will be eaten in that case. I made another cake 7" top and 10" bottom for a bday party for 45 people and it was the only dessert and there were still leftovers. As long as Indydebi's instructions are followed, you'll have plenty with a 6" and a 10", IMO.
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post #15 of 22
Thanks, Tsal. I'll make the 10" and 6" rounds--chocolate with strawberry filling on the bottom, white with strawberry filling on the top. I'll cut them according to Indydebi's chart for the guests and cut a BIG piece for myself! icon_lol.gif

Will attempt to post a pic of the cake when I finish it on Saturday.
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