2-3 Tiers For 12-20 People?

Decorating By gandelmom Updated 31 Mar 2008 , 12:06pm by janebrophy

gandelmom Posted 20 Mar 2008 , 2:34am
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any advice on what sizes pans to use for such a small tier cake?
there will be 12 people but the customer says she's ok with some leftover cake so they can have tiers-
It's a 65th anniversary cake and she wants it to look wedding-like-
thanks for any advice!
Also, how many layers etc?

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Doug Posted 20 Mar 2008 , 2:40am
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well a 6" = 8 to 12 depending upon serving size....


4 and 6

or for more left over 6 + 8

or for lots of leftovers 4, 6, 8.

gandelmom Posted 20 Mar 2008 , 12:20pm
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I think the 8/6 would be more dramatic than the smaller one-
If I just do buttercream flowers, do you have an idea of what I should charge? this is my first paid, tier cake-I'm thinking of charging 2.50-3.00 so would about 65.00 sound right?

MikeRowesHunny Posted 20 Mar 2008 , 12:40pm
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6 & 8 sounds good, but will serve up to 32 wedding size servings, so that's what I'd base my price on! 2.50 x 32 = $80. Don't forget that doing a tiered cake requires more supplies (boards, dowels etc) and extra time, so you have to allow for that too.

janebrophy Posted 20 Mar 2008 , 12:42pm
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I'm doing a cake next weekend, also to serve 20, and tiered. I'm wondering, are you going to make your tiers 2 layers and filled??

gandelmom Posted 20 Mar 2008 , 12:46pm
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2 layers, yes. Filled, with BC and or raspberry preserves.
What sizes etc are you planning?

janebrophy Posted 20 Mar 2008 , 1:22pm
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Well, I'm still debating. It is for a small wedding, and ideally I would like to make 3 tiers. I'm sort of doing this cake as a gift, so I want it to look nice, but I don't want a ton of leftover cake. I definitely want to torte and fill each tier. I think an 8, & a 6 for sure, then maybe a 4 to save for the anniversary?

gandelmom Posted 20 Mar 2008 , 1:35pm
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Be sure to post a photo!
I will, too, but my cake is ordered for May!

janebrophy Posted 29 Mar 2008 , 11:21pm
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OK, here it is! For about 18 people. The tiers are 8, 6, and 4. But, I only made them about 3'' high.

CarolAnn Posted 29 Mar 2008 , 11:39pm
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Oh this is very lovely!! Nice job!! Are the roses gum paste?

kakeladi Posted 29 Mar 2008 , 11:40pm
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Well you created a wonderful delighticon_smile.gif Putting it on the elevated glass dish really adds to the overall look.

janebrophy Posted 29 Mar 2008 , 11:41pm
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Thanks! Yes, I did make them from gumpaste. Luckily I have a pretty patient family...LOL they sure are glad this one has been delivered! I need to learn to prepare in advance... icon_rolleyes.gificon_lol.gif

gandelmom Posted 30 Mar 2008 , 2:42pm
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What a beautiful cake!
I'm impressed! thumbs_up.gif

Sweettooth1120 Posted 30 Mar 2008 , 2:52pm
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I agree- the cake stand makes the cake look much more grand. The cake is very pretty.

AKA_cupcakeshoppe Posted 30 Mar 2008 , 3:35pm
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i'm aking a cake too for about 20 people. i'm using 5" and 9". do i need to do the dowels too? this will be my first tiered cake.

gandelmom Posted 30 Mar 2008 , 3:38pm
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You don't want the second tier "falling" into the bottom one!!
It happened to a friend of mine-she was so upset!!!

janebrophy Posted 30 Mar 2008 , 4:35pm
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I would dowel just to be safe. I found out yesterday that my instructor taught us to dowel backwards! She had us putting the dowel into the bottom tier, and sliding the others over the dowel instead of putting the dowel into all tiers through the top. Anyone else heard of this??

AKA_cupcakeshoppe Posted 31 Mar 2008 , 2:54am
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thanks for confirming that for me icon_smile.gif am planning on putting the 5" cake on a cake board and the dowels for support. sounds good?

janebrophy, that is an interesting take on the center dowel. have you tried it? is it easier?

janebrophy Posted 31 Mar 2008 , 12:06pm
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I have only doweled the way I was taught. I think next time I'll assemble the cake, all layers doweled, and then push a dowel through the top and down. It would be much easier I think...

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