Post # 1
So, EVERYONE I have asked has said they LOVE wedding cake and always, always, always want seconds. My baker says the standard serving size, from which they estimate how much the cake costs, is 2″x2″, which is VERY SMALL. The internet even suggests a 1″x2″ serving size is ‘typical’- WHAT??? This is NOTHING! That is a breath of cake, a wisp of cake, practically no cake at all.
We are having about 60 people, and the cake we have ordered is a three-layer cake, with 10″, 8″, and 6″ respectively. We are not saving the 6″ top so we will be cutting that as well, but am I the only person who thinks that this is not enough cake? I have asked the bakery multiple times if they are sure this is ‘ample’ cake and they keep reassuring me.
What did you guys do? Did anyone have a similar situation? We have ordered a kichen cake, 10″, which they claim feeds 35. If we cut these cakes with reasonably-sized slices, what are we looking at here? Are we going to run out?
Suggestions and thoughts are more than welcome!
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@Blush_and_Bashful: I swear they say that to get you to order a bigger cake, ours fed our guests just fine with normal sized pieces.
Post # 4
Just tell your venue to cut the cake in decent sized pieces for 60 people – they’ll figure it out. Our cake was that size for 40 people (we served the top – it was the best flavor, my bad) and we had a lot of leftover. I saw a lot of people with more than one piece though! Then there’s my grandma who will eat one bite. So then again – cut normal wedding cake slices and encourage seconds – have them leave it on the cake table, etc.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I was worried about this too so I opted to get only a two tiered wedding cake and three 1/4 sheet cakes. Sheet cakes were less expensive and gave a lot more for my money than adding extra tiers or more “kitchen cakes”. If you want more cake, ask about sheet cakes. Each of my 1/4 sheet cakes was around $40. I saved $100 and got 70 extra servings of cake this way versus having a three tiered cake with one kitchen cake which would have served my exact number of guests one small slice each. I love cake so it was important to me to have lots of it! I also got various flavors this way too. Each 1/4 sheet is something different! 🙂
Post # 6
We had traditional layer cake, served wedding style – very thin pieces. We had 103 guests and the cake was supposedly able to serve about 112. We ended up not having any left over and there weren’t seconds offered or available.
I would have done sheet cake with larger pieces to be served if it had been do-able for us logistically, but as our venue made the cake and it was $4 or $5 a serving, I couldn’t order extra for larger or additional servings.
Post # 7
LOL at a 1×2 or 2×2 piece of cake. Oh, okay. That’s great if I hate cake. Which I don’t.
Post # 8
I’ve never been to a wedding where people wanted seconds. Most of the weddings I’ve been to there was so much food that by the time you get the cake you’re stuffed and can barely eat it. At all these weddings, even the ones where the cake slices were tiny, a lot was wasted and went unfinished (and good cake, too). If you have plenty of food, I wouldn’t worry about it. We ordered a bigger cake to be on the safe side, and half of it was leftover – we would have been fine with the next size down.
Post # 9
You also have to keep in mind the height of the slices. Tall tiers can easily doubel the volume of cake! I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding that ran out of cake! You always think more will be eaten than is really eaten.
Post # 10
My baker told me I should cut down on having cake slices per person because not everyone likes cake…true, but you don’t know my family. My sisters ran out, never got to try it! My brothers ran out, but I had two slices – they didn’t serve the red velvet first! Haha. And Kevins cousin’s cake ran out. If none of them ran out, I’d consider my bakers thoughts.
Post # 11
Thank you! Now I am worried I have too much. I can’t win. 😉
Post # 12
@Blush_and_Bashful: To be fair, they may overestimate how much it will serve because not everyone will typically eat cake. Hell, the last wedding I went to they were shoveling piles of cake into chaffing dishes and begging people to take them home after the bride and groom left. But, I guess it just depends on your guest’s preferences. So, if your family loves cake, you may want to get extra. However, from my past experience, I’d say that maybe 1/2 the people eat cake. I LOVE cake, but usually I’m too busy having fun at the wedding and I forget to get a slice, haha.
Post # 13
We had a traditional layer cake and they just cut slices. I didn’t think they were too thin and they weren’t super large…just right. We had 100 servings and right around 100 people. We had some left over and I took half and my parents took half. It was so delicious I ate all of my leftovers the next week!
We had a decent amount leftover because I told them they could cut the top layer if they needed to but they didn’t need it. So I took it home and froze it.
Post # 14
I have a 10, 6, 4 three tier to serve a whopping 18 ppl. We will get to enjoy two different flavors and have plenty to have on our honeymoon.
Post # 15
I worked at a wedding venue for 3 years and I was the person in charge of cutting the cakes. I cut my slices about 1.5 inches by 3 inches, so bigger than what bakers usually reccommend, but not huge.
Even with slices that are slightly bigger, I have never seen a cake run out. A lot of people will say they love cake, and there is the odd person who will eat 2 slices, but there are also a lot of people who do not eat any cake.
I would usually start by cutting slices for about 50% of the guests and then keep an eye on the table. If it started getting low I would cut a few more slices, but the majority of the time, 50% would be enough. I have never seen more than 75% of guests take a slice of cake.
A lot of people are full by the time the cake is served, especially since they have usually already eaten dessert after dinner. Or they are just more focused on drinking and dancing at that point in the night.
Post # 16
2×2 is not a “small” piece it’s normal, and exactly right for me.