(Closed) Cake dimensions help (please see image)

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll:
    6" - 9" - 12" : (3 votes)
    18 %
    6" - 10" - 14" : (14 votes)
    82 %
    other (please explain) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Since they both basically look the same, and no guest would ever be able to tell the difference, I think it doesn’t matter. If you can transport the bigger cake ok, i’d maybe go with that one just because it gives more servings!

    Post # 4
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I like the more dramatic change in sizes between layers. My only concern is that you’re adding a lot of cake (471 cubic inches on the middle layer vs 381 cubic inches on the middle layer, and 932 cubic inches vs 678 cubic inches) so the smaller cake has about 344 cubic inches of extra space. I have no idea how many pieces of cake different that is. Is that going to be too much cake? And is the little one going to be too little cake?

    ETA: Is there a 2″ and 4″ hole in the center? Because I did not take that into my calculations. The first one has a hole of 75 cubic inches and the second has a hole of 18 cubic inches. So the first one is really 832 cubic inches and the second is 660 cubic inches. So the real difference is 262 cubic inches. I still dunno how big a piece of cake is lol.

    Post # 6
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Ivorybuttons:  Lol I do have a math major. I haven’t taken any real math classes since last year though so I was kind of itching for a problem to solve 😛

    Post # 8
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    8.5 cubic inches is one serving, so the smaller cake has (20 + 45 + 77) 142 servings. The larger has (20 + 55 + 98) 173 servings.

    Post # 11
    46240 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Keep in mind that despite the cutting guides, no one cuts a cake in those even orderly slices so you never do get as many pieces as they suggest. On the other hand, some people don’t eat cake. There isn’t that much difference in the  cost of making the two cakes , so I would go with whichever one will work best with your intended decor.

    Another factor to consider would be the availability of cakestands to fit the bottom layer.

    Post # 12
    822 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    i like the larger tiers.  i think we did the larger tiers.  the baker had me look at various cake shapes to get an idea of what i liked.  she asked me if i liked the tiers closer in size are more different in size.

    i don ‘t have my order sheet with me but they gave me # servings per tier and apparently it’s not enough cake so she’s doing additional single tiers that can be served from the kitchen.  i guess this is common once you get past a certain number of servings. 

    i think wilton has a good guide on tiered cakes.


    here’s a serving size chart.  you may want to look at a few different charts to see if they are pretty consistent.


    if you’re buying cake pans, i’m a fan of fat daddios, ateco, and magic line pans.

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