Post # 1
I am about to book my cake baker for the wedding and I had one little question I was hoping I could get some opinions/information on.
My maximum guest list is 172 people. That is if everyone we invite says yes and attends including all +1’s attending as well.
Initially the first baker I had contatcted had told me I should get 130 servings. However, the baker I am intending to book with, has told me I only need 110!
Does this seem right? I am a little worried I wont have enough cake! Though I have also heard cake is often left behind and thrown out! For reference, my reception will start at around 6:00PM, dinner served between 6 & 6:30. We will be having a 4 course meal (salad, appetizer, main course, dessert), which includes a small dessert of chocolate mousse. There will also be a late night station opening at around 10PM.
SO! What do you say Bee’s, should I only do the 110 servings of cake? or do I need more?! Any advice, previous experince and whatnot is very appreciated! TIA!
Post # 2
- Wedding: August 2019 - Mountains
So few things about cake… one, they are generally priced by the slice. Do you expect all 172 people to attend or do you think 20% regrets are likely? If so, then a 130 slice cake isn’t a bad idea; two… not everyone may want a piece, do you want cake that may not be eaten?; three… you’re having a late night food station that its unclear if guests may know about or not so it sounds like there’s plenty of food; four… do you and hubby want to save a small tier to freeze and have for your 1 year anniversary? If so ‘bake’ that in to your decision ; )
If it were me, I would go with 130 unless you want a lot of cake at your 1 year anniversary
Post # 3
Like PP said it entirely depends on how many people you think might show up. We are inviting 210 people to our wedding, but we are expecting less than 150 to show because it is across the country for almost half our guests. There are also a bunch of infants who won’t have cake, and some dietary restrictions that prevent people from eating cake. So we are getting a 130-slice cake 🙂
As a note: in my limited experience if you have jelly filling in your cake or a more exotic flavor like carrot cake, less pieces will be eaten as well.
Post # 4
sierrameadow : Thanks for commenting! I dont think the full 172 will attend, there are a few out of country family friends we are inviting for parents but I do not expect them to make the trip. For everyon else they will be local, so I imagine we will have a decent attendance. I cant imagine we will get lower than 150 in attendance.
I am aware it is priced by slice, and though I had thought of keeping the top layer to freeze, I honestly think I am just going to request to pack up one or two slices for us to eat the week after the wedding and thats more than enough.
I’m definitely advising as many people as I can by word of mouth how much food there will be! But I am hoping that maybe less cake will be better since I am having dessert with dinner as well prior to the cake being served!
So you think I should go with the larger amount of servings of 130 instead of 110?
Post # 5
megm1099 : Thanks! I am having 2 layers of lemon cake with fresh strawberries and 1 layer of chocolate cake!
I read somewhere that the best formula for ordering servings of cake is to take your total invited guest coutn and order 60% of that number for servings, as some people will not have cake!
However there are expcetions to the rule, for example if you are very active in your community and will therefore expect mroe attendance at your wedding!
I just dont want to throw away a whole or most of a tier of cake if I order 130 servings!
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2019 - Mountains
LOL a pre-cake dessert!! That’s amazing… and then the late night food arrives!
If your pre-dessert really rich and/or big? Do you think people will really eat 2 desserts? The PP makes a good point about kids or those who don’t have a sweet tooth or dietary restrictions. You know your guests better than anyone in the ‘hive but I know only a few of my guests would likely eat both. I think the idea of saving a few pieces is a great idea. I think 130 will be plenty perhaps too much. With this info maybe 110 is the way to go.
Post # 7
What about having a small 3 tiered cake to cut and a little of that to serve and then having sheet cake of the same flavor? If you dont serve all of the tiered cake, you wont feel as bad since you didnt pay the premium to have a huge cake made.
A small tiered cake and sheet cake will be so much cheaper than a huge tiered cake.
Post # 8
sierrameadow : Dessert served with dinner with my white and dark chocolate mousse! Not super filling, but I suspect after the other 3 courses and appetizers during cocktail hour people will be quite full! Thanks for your thoughts!
minimalistbeex : So I did think about doing a sheet cake, however, I’m being a little stubborn and wanting a fancy real cake. I’m being that way for a few items of the wedding only because my fiance and I have been together 11 years (today is our anniversary!! ^_^) so I just really want certain things to be done the fancy special way!
Post # 9
gunnabamissus : that makes sense!! Then get yourself a cake that you love!!
To answer your question. I would probably get a cake to serve about 120 people. Not everyone likes cake and some people may want a serving size smaller than what the caterer’s serving size is.