Post # 1
Call me crazy, but I’ve decided to DIY my cake for the anniversary party/reception July 1. I don’t think this is unreasonable since I’ve actually had pretty extensive experience decorating cakes, have done a lot of research on assembling wedding cakes, and have a simple plan in mind anyway. I also love baking, and think that making the cake the day before will help me de-stress and not get roped into a bunch of unnecessary family tasks (we’ll be in from out of town visiting).
The only problem I have, is that I’m not sure what size pans to buy for the different layers. I want to feed between 85-120 people (since I’m DIYing its ok to have some left over because it’s going to be pretty cheap).
So, ladies that bought cakes for receptions about this size, can you help me out? Did you have 3 or 4 tiers? (I think I like the look of 3 better.) Do you know what size the tiers/layers were? I found a set on Amazon that is from my favorite baking company (Wilton), but they are 8, 10, 12, and 14 inches.
8 inches seems big for a top layer. What do you think?
Post # 3
I’ve made a cake for 100 people before (amateur baker here), and I made a three tier with 6, 8, and 10 and had plenty. Since you’re not worried about having extra, go for 8, 10, and 12 to be safe!
Just a warning that my Wilton pans have warped over time. I replaced them with pans from Fat Daddio and I’m much happier with them. But if you only need them for a few times, they’ll work fine. 🙂
Post # 4
@techie: Awesome! Thank you. So you think that an 8 on top sill still look fine? Good to know. Also, thanks for the tip about the pans. I’ve never actually bought a wilton baking pan, but have always used their tips and bags so it’s good to know.
Post # 6
I am having 3 tier shown and then a satellite cake in the back. my 3 tier is the 14 12 and 8 on top, and i went to a well known local baker, so i think your fine.
Post # 7
We have a 4 tier. 6, 8, 10, 12. Along with 2 kitchen cakes. We have 300 people. If you are worried about 8 being too big for the top, you can always still do 3 tiers 6, 8, 10 and have kitchen cakes or sheet cakes as well.
Post # 8
we had 3 tiers and they were 8, 10 and 12. The cake had 75 slices, but we had 175 guests
Post # 9
@Mrs.LemonDrop: I think an 8 would be perfectly fine. Or you could have fun with it and do a 6 or 8 on top, then a double stacked 10 on the bottom (would amount to 8 layers with a cake board in between, so it would be cut in half before serving).
Post # 10
Awesome. Thank you everyone. This makes me feel better. I’m glad I have the Bee to tell me when I’m over-thinking things. ; )
Post # 11
@Mrs.LemonDrop: We are feeding 90-120. Our cake is 6″ sqaure 10″ circle 12″ square. I know the sizing sounds weird, but when you see it in person- it looks cool!! But that feeds 133 I guess. (We’re DIY our recpetion, everything but the cake so we didn’t mind a little left over)