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how high can i stack the same size cakes?

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i was asked to make a cake that looks like a building but for it to feed 30. i have already made 6" cakes and am wondering how high i can stack it for it to be stable? and also have enough servings for 30.

i was planning on stacking 5" tall cake on top of another 5" tall cake. with dowels to support the top cake. 

would 2 -5"  high cakes be ok to stack? would that feed enough? my chart says a 6" cake feeds 12 but i figure since the cakes will be 5" high then it would ok.

 

thanks

post #2 of 3

An extra inch of cake height will not increase your number of servings since the cake is still going to be cut the same way. For many people, a 6 inch cake barely makes the 12 servings. Most I have seen have given 10 servings as the most realistic number of servings. Might want to bake a couple of cupcakes to make up the difference, especially if they are paying you for 30 servings.

 

That said, you can stack two 6 inch cakes (like a double barrel cake) as long as you provide internal supports for every 4 inches or so of cake.

post #3 of 3

I've re-read your post, but sorry, I find it hard to follow.

 

Each tier (that's 2, 2" tall cakes put together) will provide a certain # of servings.

 

If you want to stack 5" round cakes, I'd estimate one tier to serve 8, so to serve 30, you'd need 4 tiers (8 layers), with supports (cake board and dowels/straws) between each 2 layer tier.

 

For 6" cakes, you'd need 3 tiers with supports.

 

For 7" cakes, you'd need 2 tiers with supports.

 

With a board and supports every 4" tier, you can go to any height.

 

HTH

Rae

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