Post # 1
I need to order my cake VERY SOON and need some advice. I want to get a 4, or maybe 5, tier cake for my wedding. We are expecting between 220 – 250 people and I have already ordered double filled “kitchen” cakes for our guests to eat. I’m getting a fake cake made and want it to look like the attached picture. I was quoted the following tier width sizes that will each be 6 inches high: 12, 10, 8, 6. I think that this cake will look WAY too skinny!! I’m thinking that I would be much happier if the bottom layer was closer to 16 to 18 inches, or even bigger.
I have not decided on a simple Mr.&Mrs. cake topper or just a few peony/garden roses like in the picture. I don’t think I want the base tier to be only 12 inches, becaue the cake topper would probably be at least 4 – 6 inches wide, and I’d need that layer to be bigger too. What are your thoughts?
Post # 2
I think it looks beautiful the way the photo shows… have you asked the baker/artist what their thoughts are? They’re the pros and would probably give you better suggestions..
Post # 3
That does sound skinny. We wanted the look of a “skinnier” 4-tier and went with 16″ 12″ 9″ 6″ tiers.
Post # 4
That’s what I was thinking. I don’t mind a skinner look, but I don’t think I would like it as skinny as the cake lady suggested. Do you happen to have a picture of you cake that you could show for reference? That sounds closer to what I think I was picturing when I had described and sent this as my inspiration picture to my cake maker.
Post # 5
The cake in your picture is 6″-10″-14″-20″. The difference between the tiers is 4″-4″-6″.
If you look at the ledges of each tier, the ledge between the topper and the second tier is 2″ (because the difference in size between the two tiers is 4″, and divide that in half since the ledge goes all the way around a centered top tier).
The ledge between the second and third tiers is 2″ (half of the 4″ difference in size).
The ledge between the third tier and the base tier is 3″ (half of the 6″ difference in size).
The peony topper in the picture is 4″
Does that all make sense? Lol What your cake artist is proposing will be a VERY skinny cake because the ledges on each tier will only be an inch.
*I’m basing this info on my 9 years as a professional pastry chef, specializing in fondant wedding cakes.
Post # 6
My cake hasnt been made yet 🙂 I’ll try to remember to update you in a month or so!
Post # 7
I would suggest asking for 6, 10, 14, 18 to give a 2 inch diameter around the bottom of each. If your topper will be 4-6 inches, a 6 inch top tier will be perfect.
Post # 8
I have used this MANY a time when baking and it is very helpful