Post # 1
I am about to order my cake, but I don’t know for how many guests! We are inviting 250 guests, but after subtracting the people that won’t make it and we are having a candy bar, so how many people do we subtract that are saving their sweet tooth for candy instead? Is there a calculator out there to figure out how much cake to buy? I don’t want to buy WAYYYY too much cake and have tons left over…and of course, I don’t want to be stuck without enough cake for everyone to enjoy. any help??!!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
See now I wouldn’t mind leftover cake…that’s coming home with me!! LOL
Post # 8
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
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
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
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.