(Closed) Cake!!

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 3
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

our baker had us have enough cake for 4/5ths of our guests. We’re also having a sugar free cake (his momma can’t have sugar ) and assorted cookies. I’m only doing 1 layer of my cake as real cake with three faux layers. I did NOT want ten tons of extra cake. Ask your baker , they should be honest with how many serving you’ll need. good luck!!

Post # 4
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We ordered enough cake for just over 1/2 of our guests.  We also had a viennese sweet table to go with it.  Our cake was a simple 2 layer cake to feed 75 people.  We had invited 250 people, we got 125 invites, and 122 showed.  It worked out perfect.

Post # 5
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Is there a reason you’re ordering your cake so early?

I’d say that if cake is your only dessert, you should order enough for 3/4 to 4/5 of your expected guest count. You say you’re inviting 250… how many do you think/hope will show? I’d use that number for my estimate. 🙂

Good luck! Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

Post # 6
217 posts
Helper bee

I ordered for everyone on my guest list. I didn’t know there was any other way to do it. I would hate for a guest to go without cake because I underestimated. If there is left overs we’re going to serve it at gift opening the next day. 

Post # 7
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

See now I wouldn’t mind leftover cake…that’s coming home with me!!  LOL

Post # 8
248 posts
Helper bee

Most bakeries will let you order and put a deposit down to save the date well in advance of the wedding date. But they don’t require a final guest count to determine cake size until a week or so before the wedding. After all, the are not going to be baking it several days in advance (hopefully!!). So ask your bakery what their policy is. We have our Aug. 8 date held with $100 deposit but we have until Aug. 3 to let them know definite cake size. That said, even with a candy bar, I would order enough cake for every guest. People seem to eat a little (or a lot!) of both, not one or the other.

Post # 9
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

You might also ask them the size of their slices.  Usually they average a pretty large size (1-1.5" thick).  With four layers that’s way thicker than any of my guests will eat…so we’re having them sliced thinner.  We’re also having a big spread of Indian sweets, and I know many of the Indian guests won’t want cake.  Still our tentative order is for half the number of guests we’re expecting (which if we do .5" slices is enough for everyone).


Post # 10
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I am ordering enough for every person, becasue we are going to have it served to every place setting. I’m not sure that everyone will eat it, but when I’m at a wedding, I am much more likely to eat the cake if its placed at my seat than I am if I have to go find a piece somewhere.

 You might want to decide how you are going to serve it first (at each person’s seat, or on a cake table where guests have to go get their pieces) and then your baker should be able to help you decide how much you need. 

Post # 11
363 posts
Helper bee

Have you thought about providing personalized bags for the candy bar? That could serve as your favors and then the guests could eat the cake instead of trying to decide between the two.

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