Wedding Cake Sizing Help

Decorating By Lenette Updated 23 May 2008 , 3:50pm by lainalee

Lenette Posted 23 May 2008 , 12:52am
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I know I'm being dense but I have the beginnings of a migraine and cramps-not good for thinking.

3 tier wedding cake for 150 servings. I am coming up with 9, 12, 15 inch rounds but not sure about it. I am concerned about how it will look with a 9 inch top, that seems big.

Please advise, if I need to make any adjustments I need to do it quickly. TIA!

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indydebi Posted 23 May 2008 , 1:38am
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14/12/8 serves 158.
14/10/8/6 serves 152. (Does it have to be just 3 tiers?)

All numbers per the wilton wedding chart, which is what I go by.

Lenette Posted 23 May 2008 , 11:20am
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Thank you Debi!

Yes, it has to be 3 tiers. The groom designed the cake himself and it is 3 tiers, with off-set stacking and a pretty modern pattern. Thanks for your help!

maisyone2 Posted 23 May 2008 , 11:28am
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16-12-8 rounds also serve 150-160. The 8 would be the anniversary tier. I also use the Wilton serving chart.



lainalee Posted 23 May 2008 , 11:39am
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OMG, I am so glad you posted. I am doing my 1st wedding cake in 2 weeks. I was under the impression that Earlene's chart was supposed to be more accurate, but hers says 8, 12, 16 would only serve 135. Do you find Wilton to be more true to size? Now I'm freeking out.

indydebi Posted 23 May 2008 , 12:13pm
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lainalee, the wilton 1x2x4 is the industry standard size. most facilities and venues will cut this size.

Here's a pic of cut pieces of cake and as you can see, it's a nice dessert size piece of cake. Remember, cake IS a dessert .... not a meal.

Here's how I cut the cake to achieve those sizes. Cutting it this way, I actually get about 10% more pieces (so from a 10" round, instead ofgetting 38, I get about 40-41):

If you charge by the servings, you get more money with wilton. They are welcome to cut it any size they want, but they are PAYING for the amount of serving the cake was DESIGNED to serve. If you go by a chart with more generous servings, you should charge more per serving, since they are getting more cake. As I do the math, if a 1x2x4 is $3, then a 1.5 x2x4 is about 50% more cake, so the price should be $4.50/serving. (1x2x4=8 cubic inches; 1.5x2x4=12 cubic inches; 50% more cake)

lainalee Posted 23 May 2008 , 3:50pm
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Thanks so much Indydebi. You just saved me a migraine, and probably and unnessary amount of cake. I've seen your tutorial on the cake slicing and that's what I was going to included with the cake for the brides cutting instuctions.
Thanks again thumbs_up.gif

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