(Closed) How do I plan on / book cake without a head count?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

With my baker, I reserved far out and told them the size that I was anticipating.  I also made sure to write down the last date that I could make adjustements.  I can’t imagine that most bakers aren’t flexible on that.  Ask them!

You may also want to ask them about the top tier.  I asked mine and found out that they actually do something cool.  You don’t save your top tier!  You call them up shortly before your anniversary and they will give you a free anniversary cake – the exact same flavor and decoration style as your wedding cake!  I love that idea – no need to store it and it will taste fresh!  I can’t wait to try ours next month!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

From numbers I’ve heard around here, you can assume 70-80% of the people you invite will say yes, and you should provide cake for 90% of that number (not everyone will eat cake).

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@Miss BBQ: Sooo true!  I planned our numbers generously for cake and wish I hadn’t.  We had tons left over!  But, my family didn’t mind that! Wink

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

The only thing you are able to do at this point is reserve the date and give them the number of people you are inviting. Your baker will let you know when they need a final headcount in order to make the correct size.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You could always do a fake layer to make the cake appear bigger.  But, I agree with PP, they will probably be pretty flexable up to a certain date…it’s not like they make it far in advance, you’ll probably know your number way before then.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It’s really just a matter of a guessing game.  We dunno how many ppl are coming, but we’re only inviting 125, so we got a cake that feeds 120.  bakers “slices” are pretty small too, so we’re assuming ppl will have a bit of a larger slice. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

you could just order a small cake (e.g., one that feeds 25 people, add a fake layer or whatever) and then just have a sheet cake in the back that’s cut for eating.  you could probably get the sheet cake from your local sams/costco/BJ for $20 and they feed around 50 people each so no one will go without cake.  that’s what we’re doing – our “cake” feeds 50, and we’ll just have 1 or 2 sheet cakes in the back ready to be cut. 

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