(Closed) Cake Sizes/servings

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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2634 posts
Sugar bee

Wow – I have no idea!

Can you go to each bakery and ask them to show you what exactly a serving looks like?

Post # 4
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1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Where bakers and caterers get those numbers from seemingly small cake tiers is that they cut the slices paper thin. What would be considered a regular birthday cake slice that people can actually taste will be cut at least 3 times to make the cake go further. That is why they say that a cake that at any other event will serve 30 people (using multiple tiers obviously) while at a wedding will serve 150. If you want the slices bigger, tell the baker and whomever will be cutting the cake. Unless the baker uses their own serving guideline, they and the catering staff who cuts the cake use the standard Wilton chart which is on the small side so you can see how tiny they are. If you having a friend cut the cake, they will cut them more realistically but you may run out of cake.

While there is a trend going on at the moment saying that it’s cheaper to serve sheet cakes instead of your display cake (which is usually fake if both are used together), that is not the case with every baker. Many of them actually don’t get how a baker can make a living by shortchanging what they do. In any other industry, if you double the labor, you double the price that the customer pays, otherwise you go home with no pay. There really is twice as much labor involved because they have to use real icing on the fake display cake as well as bake, ice and assemble the sheet cakes.

Post # 5
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1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My baker provided numbers for a round cake that were fairly close to your first baker.  The numbers also depend on the cake is round or square and how many layers make a tier.  My baker will be using 2 layers of cake per round tier.  

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

I have no idea of exact numbers, but I can tell you I had a 4 layer cake (top layer to keep, not eat) and a sheet cake in the back and it served our 220 guests with left over.  We had a square cake that was 14″ on bottom, 12″ 3rd layer, 10″ 2nd layer and 8″ top layer.  I think the first bakery sounds more correct on numbers, though the second bakery may have huge pieces. Heres a size of the cake we had if it helps

 

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Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Yes, they threw in a full sheet cake at no cost to make sure we had enough servings for everyone and I didnt want a 5th layer.  The cake stand was 18″ so there was a 2 inch space between the edge and where the cake started on each side.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

We had a four teir cake with the top to keep and a two tier groom’s cake for 130 people.  I say we had over the half the cake left over.  keep in mind that some people don’t eat cake and any other food you will be serving.  We had apps, a three course dinner, and cookies, so we could have gone with a lot less cake.

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