(Closed) CAKE STATS: How much cake did you order? Leftovers? Not enough?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We had a three tier cake with 100 guests, and we had WAY too much.  We ended up taking home almost half of the bottom tier and all of the top tier.  Granted, this was partly because our venue served our cake kind of late, but we still had way too much. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Yes! I would love to see more responses on this issue. 

We are expecting about 100 guests and are also serving an ice cream sundae bar for dessert.  We had a meeting with a cake baker this week, and she thought it was ludicrous to plan for anything less than 100 servings.  I think there’s no way everyone will want cake, especially with another dessert option!  Also, we’re serving dinner buffet style, so I presume the cake will be served the same way – as opposed to serving each guest at their seat (because then, obviously you’d need a piece for each guest). 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Well, I was going to order a 3 teir cake but my baker said it wouldn’t be enough.  I am hoping for 150 guests and so I got a 4 tier cake that should serve 120 people or so (but that is with bigger slices).  I am not sure everyone will want cake since we’re also having a dessert with dinner.  But I want to have lefovers (I LOVE cake). Maybe too, I can send people home with cake.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We had a 3-tier cake that was supposed to serve about 70, maybe? I don’t remember exactly. We had 57 people at the wedding, including Darling Husband and me, and although there was some left over, it wasn’t a huge amount.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My venue said that some people are pigs and will eat 2-3. My aunt confirmed this by requesting 3 cupcakes. I’m planning on getting 1.05x the number of guests.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We had 150 guests. We hired a lady that bakes cake as a hobby and she did it for $300. The cake had enough servings for 250 people.  I thought that was may more then enough since not everyone eats cake.

Well, apparently the cake was delicious. There was no cake left, people actually went back for seconds and I nor my husband got a single piece! 🙁  The lady that cut the cake, cut the top and served it to people by mistake. DOH!

Well the lady lives near by. I guess I can always order my own lil cake if I really want one, but still!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If I remember correctly, our cake was supposed to feed approx. the number of people there, and we ran out. (I didn’t get any. Cry )

It’s always possible that the venue either cut the pieces too big, or that there were leftovers, but they got cleared away/thrown out before we knew about it.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Good info: thanks Bees who are sharing their numbers. We’re baking our own cake, and it will be our only dessert

I think I’ll recalculate for at least 1.5x our 90-person guest list, based on your numbers. We calculated based on a rather large slice size from our trial-cakes.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I don’t know how much cake we had, because my mom made the cakes. We bought boxes so guests could take cake home with them.  They were just large enough for a slice of cake. Our guests loved it, becausse everyone wanted to take cake home, and with the boxes, they didn’t have to wrap it up in a napkin to carry it. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had 116 guests and 6 cakes that served 116 people…. plus a groom’s cake that was mostly for show and I didn’t think he’d actualy eat it – but regardless I had 2 whole cakes left over.  We REALLY enjoyed having left overs but it was way too much cake.  I’d say maybe order enough for 90% of your guest list.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

I love cake and I ALWAYS have at least one slice at weddings. 2 if its good/there is plenty. I would def aim for extra!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@likelimeade:  Who’s your baker?  We used Bittersweet.  So good. Yum!

We ordered a three tier cake that served 70 and than had side cakes.  That way we got half carrot cake and half almond cake/creme brulee filling/raspberry/fudge cake.  We planned for 170 servings and in the end all that was left was the top of the cake which we requested to be saved for us. 

My aunt did go around and eat the cake that no one ate.  I felt better about this because than there was no waste!  And she love love loves cake!

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