Post # 1
We had our first tasting today. We decided we’ll do several homestyle cakes of varying flavors.. so we have more of a cake buffet rather than a traditional tiered cake.
We picked 3 flavors that we definitely would like- red velvet cake with vanilla icing, chocolate cake with cream cheese icing, and cherry almond cake with cream cheese icing. If we stuck with those 3 we’d get about 75 servings out of the 3 cakes.
We could also add a 4th flavor, which my Fiance picked to be chocolate cake with coffee icing. I don’t like coffee, so I didn’t even try that one, but he said it was good and he thinks that it would be a good option for people that might like something that’s a little less sweet with their coffee after dinner. It’s such a random flavor, though, I’m concerned not enough people would choose it. If we got 4 cakes we’d get about 80 servings.
We’re expecting 80-ish people at the wedding. Price-wise, it’s only a $5 difference between getting 3 or 4 cakes because of the size differences.
Hive, what do you guys think? Stick with 3, or get 4?
Post # 3
I would go with the 4, I love having options (and coffee is one of my favorite things in the world). The price difference is really minimal, so I would go for it.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t eat it because I also don’t like coffee, but if your Fiance liked it and there is only a $5.00 difference in cost, you might go ahead and do it. I don’t know. If I was in your situation, I wouldn’t do it, just because I think coffee icing is too sweet, and I think that if people want coffee, they are more like to want to drink it; rather than eat it..
Post # 5
Personally, I love coffee anything so that cake sounds awesome to me! Aside from that though, as it is only a $5 difference, I say you might as well go for it, just to make sure you have enough cake. While you will probably have some people who don’t want cake, you’d hate to not have enough for everyone!
Post # 6
I love the combination of coffee and chocolate and I don’t think it’s any more random a flavor than cherry/almond. It seems like it’s worth the extra $5 since your FH liked that flavor combo, and there may be enough people at your wedding who want a less sweet option.
Post # 7
Is the cake really small since it’s only 5 servings? For such a small cake, I’d be hesitant to have it out on the buffet for everyone since it runs the risk of running out quickly. But if your Fiance really liked it, maybe it could be for the wedding party only? I don’t know, if it’s only $5, I guess I would say why not?
Post # 8
Thanks all! It looks like going with 4 is the winner. 🙂
@soonerpsych: I don’t have the summary sheet the baker gave me with me here at work but I think it was just that the cakes would go from 3 @ 8″ rounds to 4 @ 7″ rounds… or something like that. I don’t think it was that there would only be 5 servings in each cake, but that all combined the difference in inches made a difference of 5 servings total.
Post # 9
i don’t know if you’ve already thought of this, but if you’re having a cake buffet you should cut extra small servings so that people can have more than one flavor. we’re counting on 3 per person and getting more than double the number of standard slices for each cake.