(Closed) How much cake?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The bakery you get your cake from will be the best bet in answering this question.  Most bakeries have a formula for how many servings come out of each size layer, and depending on the number of layers you want and how many guests you’re having they can tell you how big your cake should be.  We wanted a little bit of leftovers because my fiance loves cake, so we told the bakery we were having about 25 more guests than we’re actually having.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My bakery told me to go with a serving of 75 for 100 if I didn’t want any left overs.  However, I am also having a grooms cake.  If you talk to the bakery they can tell you how much you should go with.  Be aware of if you want the top layer  for later and if your having a groom cake.  These both factor into how much cake you really need. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My baker actually said that most people think that everyone eats cake but most people don’t.  She said to go for about 20-25% less then how many you have.  She said she would do the number to whatever I felt comft. with though.  I don’t know how true this is but I figure she makes wedding cakes for a living.  I did not want ANY leftovers though since it is a destination wedding and I have nothing to do with leftover cake. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You can always offer any leftover cake to the venue workers (the waitstaff, bartenders, etc.) to take home to their families.  If any of them have children at home they would be thrilled to enjoy a slice of your wedding cake when their mom or dad got home from work! 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

There’s always the option of an extra kitchen cake.  Check with your cake designer to see if this is an option.  Ours has a minimum order of 100 servings before she’ll do a kitchen cake (sheet cake version of wedding cake without all the fancy decoration).  A typical slice of wedding cake is 1″ X 2 1/2″ X 4″.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

As the others have stated already, your baker will have a formula for how big a cake you need for the amount of guests you are having. We are only having 50 guests, but we know our guests love cake, so we are getting a cake that serves 75. That way guests can have seconds and/or a bigger peice 🙂

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

most guest are only served on slice/ serving of cake at a wedding. to be honest most guests only want one slice. you must remember that not everyone loves the same type of cake, most of the time wedding cake is barely eaten.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think it depends on how you’re serving the cake… At some weddings the waitstaff serves each guest just one slice (most of the time they will even just set a slice at a guest’s place setting even if they are not at the table at the time the cake is being served) so you should probably bet on at least one slice per guest.  But at my wedding there are SEVERAL guests who I know would definitely have more than one slice (myself included) especially since we’re having three different flavors of cake.  Our cake will not be served directly to guests, but rather will be cut up and plated and set out with cookie platters and our candy buffet in an ajoining room, so it will be very tempting for guests to try more than one flavor because they can grab more than one without having to ask for it.  My fiance’s family is full of sweet tooths so I knew we should definitely order a ton extra.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

if you are really worried about people wanting extra cake, just order some extra sheet cakes that the servers can cut up in the back.  they don’t even have to match your cake colors because no one is going to notice. i think costco and sams sells 1/2 sheet cakes (which very generously feeds 48) for less than $20. 

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