How Many Servings..please Help!!`

Business By tootsa Updated 10 May 2006 , 1:09am by ladyonzlake

tootsa Posted 27 Apr 2006 , 3:36pm
post #1 of 25 i have this wedding cake to do for the beginning of June. I really hadn't thought it a big deal, until now!! All of a sudden it seems very close and my mind is racing with all these questions!!!! SO..please bear with me this next month as you will probably see several posts...most of which may contain sheer terror!!! icon_cry.gif

Anywhooo...I have to give the mother of the bride a price for the groom's cake she wants. She wants a round layer. I've taken some advice to charge 2$ a serving. My problem is this...I can not for the life of me find any consistency in the charts I'm finding for servings!?!?! icon_confused.gif

I have never been able to get the same servings out of a cake that Wilton recommends. I've recently looked up earlene's chart...she has 3 different servings for the same pan!!! How do I know what to go by!?!?!?!?!?

I am calling her today to see exactly what size she wants..she was debating btwn 10, 12 or 14 in. I think when I call her, she'll ask me about servings for each. What do I tell her!?!?

Someone please hear my cries for help!!!!

Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

24 replies
mmdd Posted 27 Apr 2006 , 11:51pm
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I personally think that wiltons serving sizes are very small...I mean, I've never seen 24 servings come out of a 9x13, but....oh well.

Whatever chart you go by......tell your customers the exact size of a serving....I've drawn the shape so they can see it.

Good Luck!

And, btw, ask all questions you need b/c this is the place to do it. And, good luck!

ladyonzlake Posted 28 Apr 2006 , 12:05am
post #3 of 25

I have to agree with you on how confusing all of these serving charts are. I was just trying to figure out serving sizes for 2 cakes I will be making...a baby shower cake and a bridal cake (both for the same party). Anyhow, I think that the Wilton chart is based on too small of serving so I was looking at my books by Dede Wilson and Colette Peters. They both are pretty similar in their serving sizes so that is what I'm going to go with. Dede Wilson says she believes in large servings since a cake is meant to be eaten and not just looked at. I can email you their serving charts if you'd like.

ladyonzlake Posted 28 Apr 2006 , 12:07am
post #4 of 25

Oh, and something Dede Wilson advises is to have extra servings for the guests. For every 10 guests plan on one extra serving, then you won't run out of cake.

BCo Posted 28 Apr 2006 , 12:22am
post #5 of 25

would you mind sending me the serving sizes from those two sources? I would really appriciate it!!

Thanks a bunch

would you mind putting "cake serving sizes" in the subject line?


tootsa Posted 28 Apr 2006 , 1:03am
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Well, I feel better knowing I'm not the only one confused by this subject!! icon_lol.gif

Jacqui, I would really appreciate it if you could send that to me! And I love the idea of the extra piece of cake per 10...makes lots of sense!!

Oh and out! Now you've given me plenty of excuse to ask many many questions! icon_wink.gif

ladyonzlake Posted 28 Apr 2006 , 1:36am
post #7 of 25

Okay, I just emailed them to you both.

BCo Posted 28 Apr 2006 , 12:39pm
post #8 of 25

Thank you so much!!! I always tend to make a bigger cake - personally I know that my friends and family want a PIECE OF CAKE - not just a little nibble!! lol

ladyonzlake Posted 28 Apr 2006 , 1:37pm
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Well, exactly and in this world of ours of "super size" what would our guests think if we served a tiny sliver of cake! icon_biggrin.gif

msmeg Posted 28 Apr 2006 , 5:40pm
post #10 of 25

remeber a slice of wedding cake is usually 1 inch wide by 2 inches deep by 2 layers high

so If you are figuring larger party size servings you get FAR less servings so you will want to charge far MORE than $2 a serving

tootsa Posted 28 Apr 2006 , 7:14pm
post #11 of 25 my dilemna continues!

Many of the serving charts do differentiate btwn wedding servings and party servings. Here's the thing...the cake is the dessert for the wedding. So I'm assuming they will be party slices..right?

But many of the charts...when they talk about party slice...assume it is one layer. I will be making sheet cakes to be in the back that will be used for serving. But..they are going to be split and filled with raspberry. on earth do I figure out how much cake to make!?!?

Oh man! This is going to be the death of me!!! icon_cry.gif

ladyonzlake Posted 28 Apr 2006 , 7:23pm
post #12 of 25

Was the Dede Wilson chart not helpful? Her serving chart is based on 2"pans with 2 cake layers, both torted so that they are 4 layers with 3 layers of filling. An example from her book is she has a 6" tier, 10"tier, and a 14" tier that she says serves 100. Does this help?

Crimsicle Posted 28 Apr 2006 , 7:25pm
post #13 of 25

Serving sizes is an inexact "science," as you've discovered. I don't know about you, but I've NEVER been served a "wedding slice" of cake...nowhere. The total number of servings varies significantly, according to the generosity of the person doing the serving. That's no help, I know. I hate it when people try to pin me down on exactly how many people a cake is going to be able to serve. I always give them the runaround. Not to be difficult - but just so they understand that *I* can't be held responsible for how far their cake goes...unless *I* am doing the slicing!

Anyway...why don't you take the pan you're going to use and mark on it someway....and divide it up into what a typical slice of cake would be in YOUR social circle - and see how it comes out. I always feel better doing a dry run of many things - and if servings are an issue for you in this case, this would be one of those times where it would be helpful.

tootsa Posted 28 Apr 2006 , 7:45pm
post #14 of 25, yes, ladyonzlake, the charts were helpful. Sorry, I'm really not that thickheaded. I don't mean to seem ungrateful!!


And, yes, I too like a HUNK of cake, not a nibble! icon_biggrin.gif

So I guess my paranoia now is that...I'm gonna have to make a heck of a lot of cake!!!!!! icon_surprised.gif

tootsa Posted 28 Apr 2006 , 7:47pm
post #15 of 25

Oh yeah..and crimsicle...I am going to do that with my pans..mark the servings to see what I come up with. I did that once with a sheet pan...

On the Wilton instructions that came with the pan, it said it made 82 servings. I got, like...40!!! That's crazy, right!? I it that off?

ladyonzlake Posted 28 Apr 2006 , 8:24pm
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Your very welcome tootsa. Did you hear back from Earlene? What did she say about the servings? By the way, how many guests are there going to be, maybe we could help you figure it out from that angle?

mmdd Posted 28 Apr 2006 , 11:41pm
post #17 of 25

Thank you for sending me everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tootsa Posted 29 Apr 2006 , 12:30am
post #18 of 25

Well, I didn't email Earlene...ya mean, I can do that? Never gave it a thought. I guess I'll do that, too, then.

There are supposed to be around 200 guests.

Thanks so much!!!!!! You are all so much help!!!!
You've definitely calmed me down...a little! icon_biggrin.gif

ladyonzlake Posted 29 Apr 2006 , 1:11am
post #19 of 25

Oh...sorry, I read through these forums so fast sometimes that I read them wrong. When you said you were going to call "her", I see you ment the brides mother and not Earlene icon_redface.gif I guess it wouldn't hurt to call or email Earlene though. Good Luck and I'd love to see your cake when it's done!

wolfley29 Posted 8 May 2006 , 7:54am
post #20 of 25

ladyonzlake, would you mind emailing me (or PM) those 2 links please? I have a wedding and a baby shower in June to prepare for and that information might help me. My email is:

MikeRowesHunny Posted 8 May 2006 , 8:15am
post #21 of 25
Originally Posted by wolfley29

ladyonzlake, would you mind emailing me (or PM) those 2 links please?

Can I beg those charts too please, I get so confused with these charts, sometimes I can get more servings (when the cake is deep and rich!), other times less - I don't want to mislead my customers!

Please PM or e-mail them to

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are a star!

frulund2600 Posted 8 May 2006 , 8:25am
post #22 of 25

Could you please e-mail the charts to me also? I would be very happy.

thanks a lot thumbs_up.gif

I got it - thank you

doudoun Posted 9 May 2006 , 4:01pm
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Can i have to please :

Me i take the wilton size and i divise by 2 and multiplicated by 1,5

But it's not easy to know.

Thank you

tysmom Posted 9 May 2006 , 4:12pm
post #24 of 25

May I have it to please? You can PM me or e-mail:

Thanks so much!!!

ladyonzlake Posted 10 May 2006 , 1:09am
post #25 of 25

Okay, I've sent the serving charts. If you didn't recieve it please PM me and I'll try again.

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