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post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by cakes4ck

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.



Of course the general public has a 'bigger picture' of what a serving should be. Everything is super sized and HUGE portions now a days! When you go to the fast food places and you can't even easily carry a large drink in one hand, people get the idea what that is what the size everything should be.

If they want bigger slices of cake, then fine they can order (and pay for) more cake, but it doesn't mean that you have to join the rest of the food industry and have a portion that is overly big.
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post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by denetteb View Post

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

Thanks for sharing this link. I will be making my first wedding cake this summer and I wasn't sure on the size of cakes I needed to make in order to have enough servings. I have it all figured out now icon_smile.gif
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by denetteb View Post

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

Thanks for the link, I have not made it to that part of the site as of yet. The charts are wonderful tools.

post #19 of 22

All these threads about serving sizes make my head spin.  I rarely do wedding cakes, and this is partly the reason.  I feel bad charging a bride the same price for a wedding size piece of cake, as I do for a party size piece for a birthday customer.

 

 

Anybody else have this issue??  I can't in good conscience, use the Wilton wedding cake chart for birthday cake portions.  Maybe if they were cutting pieces for small children, but adults definitely expect a bigger piece.

 

 

*pulling hair out*

post #20 of 22

Just use the wedding servings for all your cakes.  Keep it simple.  It really doesn't matter what the occasion is, the wedding serving is fine.  Even at birthday parties, showers, etc there are other foods and snacks.  I brought a 9 inch cake to a college class.  Wedding servings are 32.  There were a dozen people there that had cake, each had one, some had two.  There was no other food or beverages for these college kids. I cut 1 by  2 inch slices  with Indydebi's cutting method.  I took half home.  So it worked out pretty accurate even with no other food.  The big thing to keep in mind is that if the customer wants bigger or more slices they can just go up in size.  There is nothing to say that they have to limit themselves to the Wilton serving size, they can choose a larger cake.  The point is that you don't have to subsidize that some people want larger servings. 

post #21 of 22
The problem isn't the serving chart or size. If you feel that your party servings are bigger than the wedding servings and wish to be fair to the bride, price by cake tier. If for example an 8 inch round (20 servings party, 24 servings wedding) sells for $60 then charge the bride $60.

If you display pricing per serving then you'd have $3/serving for party cakes or $2.50/serving for weddings; both lead to the same price. Can get confusing, but that's what you get for using different serving charts so you might be better of to just stick with the price per tier and keep things simple.
post #22 of 22

The problem is, that a cake LOOKS like so many less servings than individual slices.

 

If someone wanted two dozen cupcakes, that would be for 24 people.  That same amount of batter makes ONE layer of 9 x 13.  A double layer 9 x 13 serves 48! Many people balk at that, but it is true.  It is the exact same amount of cake. 

 

I find the cupcake comparison works for people since it is such an accepted serving size.  If you can tell them how many cupcakes they would be getting, it is more understandable than a "serving".

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