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How many will this tiered cake serve?

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I've seen so many charts that my eyes are crossed.  What I want to know is practically how many ppl can I serve with a 5/8 inch tiered cake. 

 

It's for my adult birthday party and we are expecting no more than about 30 ppl.  The 5/8 tier costs $139 plus tax for a premium flavor.  The 6/9 costs $168 for a premium flavor.  I am having a hard time reconciling the more expensive tiered cake bc it's upwards of $180 when it's all said and done.  I'm not getting married....this is expensive.  Although I could get more cake from another baker I have my heart set on a cake by these folks.   Soooo...can I get away with a 5 inch on top of an 8 inch and not end up as the cake scrooge?

 

thanks!

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i mean you could take a 9x13 and cut it in half and still be shut out by the average teen aged boy right?

 

so when you pop for a pricey cake for a special occasion you don't serve teen aged or family style servings--this will sound small--but it's not-- it's industry standard-- the correct serving is 1x2x4 which is slightly bigger than a cupcake especially when you get all the fillings in there--

 

so you will have right at your 30 servings with the 8x5--

 

listen i have seen one layer sheet cakes cut into 1x2 inch servings --you could almost see the china pattern through the cake--this 1x2x4 is not that--just have a responsible person doing the cutting--you'll be fine--

 

seriously get a ruler and imagine that size serving on a 6"cake plate--it is industry standard sizing--it's a nice slice of cake--it's not dinner ;)

 

hope all goes very well 

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Originally Posted by -K8memphis View Post
 

i mean you could take a 9x13 and cut it in half and still be shut out by the average teen aged boy right?

 

so when you pop for a pricey cake for a special occasion you don't serve teen aged or family style servings--this will sound small--but it's not-- it's industry standard-- the correct serving is 1x2x4 which is slightly bigger than a cupcake especially when you get all the fillings in there--

 

so you will have right at your 30 servings with the 8x5--

 

listen i have seen one layer sheet cakes cut into 1x2 inch servings --you could almost see the china pattern through the cake--this 1x2x4 is not that--just have a responsible person doing the cutting--you'll be fine--

 

seriously get a ruler and imagine that size serving on a 6"cake plate--it is industry standard sizing--it's a nice slice of cake--it's not dinner ;)

 

hope all goes very well 


Thank you! I myself will be doing the cutting, but I just don't want to feel like if I cut one or two pieces too large that I will be cutting it close (no pun intended).  There are so many guides out there, and not to mention that they are not all consistent. 

 

I am wondering if I shouldn't just go with the 6/9 cake and forgo my deluxe flavor aspirations.  Their vanilla buttercream is simply delish.    At least this way I might have extras if someone is like me and wants seconds (or thirds). 

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going from 30-ish servings to 45 for only $30 more--that's a pretty good deal--

 

y'know--i cut some servings tiny because some of us don't want to be a party pooper but can't handle the calories either--so i think you would be fine with the 8x5--cut some regular some smaller- typically not all the guests will eat the cake especially if there's alcohol--

 

just be very careful to keep the cake knife clean--clean it thoroughly between each serving you cut--get a tall pitcher of hot water and dip your serving knife in and scrape it off on a towel--even if you get the larger cake--you get more servings this way--the cake is not crumbling off onto the gooey knife edges--

 

my son is a fine dining chef--he says, "always leave them wanting more"

 

hope you have a wonderful time!

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K8 said: ...........seriously get a ruler ............

 

She is right.  That IS the industry standard and Yes, it is a good sized serving but............

you don['t need a ruler :)  You carry two of them around with you every day, all day - ah, make that 8 of them :)

On the average person from the tip of your finger to the 1st bend it one inch; to the knuckle is 2"s.

So you don't have to acutally measure w/a ruler just stick your finger out there :)

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