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My first big cake!

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I'm very excited ... My cousin just asked me to make her father's 70th birthday cake!

This will be my first big cake, 85 people are coming. No pressure or anything, but my other cousin (the birthday guy's son) was a professional cake decorator for decades. He recently sold his shop though and moved to another state so logistically he can't make it.

My cousin offered to pay me for the cake, but I declined. I'm a hobbyist baker and I'm really honored to gave been asked.

Any suggestions would be welcome! For a tiered cake of rounds, how do I know what sizes to do to feed 85 people?
post #2 of 35

This will give you an idea on servings...have fun!!!

 

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

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Excited for you! Glad it's no extra pressure and it'll give you a big cake under your belt! :) Do as much prep before hand as possible, make sure you have plenty of extra fondant, buttercream, ganache (whatever you decide to use.) And write down a timeline for your baking/decorating. Ex. Mon..make buttercream, ganache, fondant and any decorations..Tues..bake, wrap, freeze. Weds..level,tort, fill, settle...writing it down will give you a good timeline goal and you can see if things are taking you longer to make adjustments before the last minute.

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post #5 of 35

 Just remember that the Wilton slices are super small. I think it is better to make your cake a little bigger. My motto is that I would rather have a little cake left over than not have enough cake. This is just me!!

 

I am sure you will do just fine with this cake!!! Please post pictures!! Good luck!!! You can do it!!!!

post #6 of 35
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Thanks so much everyone for your help and encouragement!!! Those links are awesome and SOOOO helpful. Thank you!
post #7 of 35
I they will be servin alcohol, I recommend a 6", 9", & 12".

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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post #8 of 35
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Yes, there will be alcohol ... we're Aussie and live in wine country and the birthday guy loves whiskey. Just curious though, why will alcohol affect the size of the cakes needed? I haven't heard that before.

post #9 of 35
Lol, because alcohol makes you hungry. Don't think it actually affects cake size at all, but then again, things could be different in America icon_biggrin.gif
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Love this site for easy calculations!   https://www.bakingit.com/#sugarpaste

post #11 of 35
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I was thinking of doing a 12", 10", 8", and 6" ... does this sound like too much cake?

post #12 of 35
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Wow Goodvibrations! What an awesome link! I was wondering how much fondant I'm going to need ... thank you!!!

post #13 of 35
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Originally Posted by MustangMollie View Post
 

I was thinking of doing a 12", 10", 8", and 6" ... does this sound like too much cake?

That would give you 130 servings --  that would be a lot of extra cake. My Aussie friend, ApplegumPam, always says that American size slices are huge compared to the size you all serve, so I wouldn't worry about the wilton chart slice size being too small.

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post #14 of 35
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I just noticed that the Wilton serving guide s for a two layer cake. If I make a four layer cake will thus double the number of servings listed on the chart? If i do a 10" 8" 6" and 4" but each their has four layers will this be enough? Also, there are 70 adults and the rest kids, maybe I could just do cupcakes for the Kurds. What do you guys think about this?
post #15 of 35
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Thanks for pointing that out Six!

I just noticed that the Wilton serving guide s for a two layer cake. If I make a four layer cake will thus double the number of servings listed on the chart? If i do a 10" 8" 6" and 4" but each their has four layers will this be enough? Also, there are 70 adults and the rest kids, maybe I could just do cupcakes for the Kurds. What do you guys think about this?
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