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I hate geometry - help me figure the size tiers I need here

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Maybe it's the very long day I put in today... I normally have zero problem coming up with tier sizes (using Wilton), but I can feel the veins popping out of my forehead trying to come up with what I need.

Bride wants a mixed shape cake (rounds and squares) 200-210 servings.

So please suggest a 200 serving wedding cake that has mixed round/square tiers using Wilton! Double barrels and 1/2 tiers welcome.

Winner gets a <virtual> cookie and my undying gratitude icon_biggrin.gif

Jen
post #2 of 24
You MUST be tired! You know everything about cake.

Anyway, I can offer these two links that shows a couple of cake configurations. Maybe one of the pics will give your tired brain a jump-start.

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/tiered-cakes/serving-amounts-all.cfm

(there are two pages on this one)
http://foodservices.appstate.edu/special-occasions/weddings/wedding-cakes
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
< feels like a douche that people think I think I know everything about cake.

Thanks, I think?
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by FromScratchSF

< feels like a douche that people think I think I know everything about cake.

Thanks, I think?



Bwah! (I have no real input here, I just like your snarkiness.)
post #5 of 24
I've never designed a wedding cake before so forgive me if I've made an obvious error, but for some reason I do like geometry and came up with the following:

18" square half tier = 81 servings
16" round = 100 servings
10" square half tier = 25 servings

For a total of 206 servings

Although the cake would be wider than it is tall so that might be a deal breaker.
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post #6 of 24
so......has anybody gotten the virtual cookie yet?
post #7 of 24
Or you could do:

16" Square = 128 servings
14" Round = 78 servings
(then square or round 6" top tier)

for a total of 206 servings
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post #8 of 24
I like the way a 16" square, 12" round, 9" square, and 6" round looks.
post #9 of 24
What about 16square / 14 square / 12 round / 8 square / 6 round for 215 servings.
post #10 of 24
Ooooh, your question harkens to the geometry nerd in me. I love it!

By the nature of geometry, fitting a square tier on top of a round tier isn't as simple as it appears. While a round cake measures evenly across its diameter, a square cake measures longer in the diagonal. For example, a 10" square cake measures 10" side-to-side, but measures 14.14" in the diagonal. (You can figure the diagonal dimension of any square tier using the pythagoreum theorum). So, when we think of putting a square tier on top of a round, we need to size the round tier to accomodate the diagonal dimension of the square. In this case, a 10" square cake needs a 15" or 16" round beneath it.

Here's a little chart to illustrate what size round tiers are needed beneath square ones:

SQUARE DIAG DIM. FITS ON (ROUND):
4" 5.65" 6" tight, 7" comfy
5" 7.07" 8" or 9"
6" 8.48" 9" tight or 10" comfy
7" 9.89" 10" barely, 11" or 12" comfy
8" 11.3" 12" tight or 13" comfy
9" 12.73" 13" barely, 14" or 15" comfy
10" 14.14" 15 tight or 16" comfy
12" 16.97" 18" or 20"
14" 19.79" 22" or 24"
16" 22.63" 24" barely or 26" (man that's big!)

Just some food for thought. I'll see if I can come up with some tier stacking & serving ideas in a few.

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post #11 of 24
Oops, sorry, it appears my little chart didn't format so well. Hopefully you can get the idea If anyone is interested, I make a better image & attach it.
post #12 of 24
The chart provided states 12' round and 8' round make 56 servings. Bue Other charts show 52 for same sizes. How do you determine correct # of servings? Don't want to undercharge or undercharge. thanks
post #13 of 24
Also, how much would you add if doing fondant decorations?
post #14 of 24
Jen,

Okay, I've got a few options for you to browse. I wasn't able to get exactly 210 servings, but I could get 195 or 216 servings. Here are a few layouts:
LL
post #15 of 24
& another...
LL
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