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How do I know how many people a cake feeds? Size? Cost?

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Hi everyone!! I'm new to cake central and would really appreciate any help. Cake decorating is a hobby of mine but would soon like to start selling. I am really unsure of how to price a cake, and figure out how many people a cake feeds. I want to try making a cake similar to the cake pictured but I have a few questions. What size cakes are these? How many people would it feed? Also how much would a cake like this cost? Thanks so much for your help!

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Many people use either the Wilton chart or Earlene's chart to calculate servings per tier. The Wilton chart is for party servings, for a wedding multiply the servings by 1.5. Earlene's chart is somewhere between a wedding serving and a party serving.

http://www.earlenescakes.com/ckserchart.htm
http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-party-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

To price a cake, add up your ingredient cost, labor cost, and per-order overhead (license fees, insurance, etc.) and add a markup for profit corresponding with the market value in your area (some market research may be required here). Note that in some states you need a licensed and inspected commercial kitchen to legally sell cakes, and other states allow you to legally sell cakes from home with some restrictions.
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jason_kraft Thanks for your quick reply. I will check out those websites.

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The bottom 2 cakes are 8-10x4"

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http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

This will give you the wedding servings without having to calculate from the party chart.  The chart also has some other really helpful information for planning.

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