Sheet Cake Servings...

Decorating By gismo12002 Updated 27 Mar 2014 , 8:25pm by Hamaranpuu

gismo12002 Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 12:27am
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I need to know how many people a 2 layer filled 9 X 13 cake will serve. Wilton says 45 people--doesn't sound right! A single sheet cake, 9 X 13 won't serve 1/2 that amount of people! Any one have any suggestions to the amount this will serve? TIA !

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jukesbox Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 12:56am
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I probably would agree with the Wilton number. If it was a single layer, I would cut it into 2 x 2 slices which would give you around 24 pieces. However, since it's 2-layer and filled, I wouldn't cut the pieces that big -- probably 1 x 2 and that would get you 45 plus according to Wilton.

leah_s Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 1:05am
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Are you looking at the Party Chart or the Wedding Chart? A standard serving size for a Party, 2 layer cake is 1.5" X 2". Wedding size is 1" X 2". One layer non-filled cakes get cut 2' X 2", so you get fewer servings, but they are also shorter and wider than the double layer filled cake. The standard Wilton serving sizes provide PLENTY of cake.

FromScratch Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 1:11am
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I agree.. a double layer 9x13 can serve 52 (cut 4 two inch rows across the 9" side and 13 one inch rows along the 13" side.. That's 52 1x2x4" servings). A double layer 4" tall sheet cake is a lot of cake. A single layer 9x13 is 24 2x2x2" servings.. (cut 4 two inch rows along the 9" side and 6 2" rows along the 13" side).

jukesbox Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 1:13am
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I probably would agree with the Wilton number. If it was a single layer, I would cut it into 2 x 2 slices which would give you around 24 pieces. However, since it's 2-layer and filled, I wouldn't cut the pieces that big -- probably 1 x 2 and that would get you 45 plus according to Wilton.

mocakes Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 1:16am
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Seriously....I don't know anybody who actually eats a 2x2 piece of cake at a party! I think that chart is absurd.

My 9x13 serves approx. 20....tops 25 (and those are small pieces)!

Anyway....my customers always wanted left overs for breakfast and coffee the next morning! thumbs_up.gif

leah_s Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 1:21am
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Then your customers should buy more cake. icon_smile.gif

Deb_ Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 1:27am
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Mocakes, you sound like my kind of businesswoman! Have your OWN chart.....bigger pieces......sell bigger cakes......make more money than people who use the "itsy bitsy Wilton cake size chart". thumbs_up.gif

I'd rather sell them more cake and let them enjoy a decent size piece, like you Mocakes icon_smile.gif

SugarFrosted Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 1:44am
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I agree with Mocakes and dkelly27...the standard serving sizes are unrealistic. So I tell my regular clients the "standard" size is 2x2x2, and then I let them decide how big the cake needs to be. I have a few clients who have 4-6 people in the family, but they always order the 12x18 cake so there are no fights over leftovers.

As indydebi said once, "this is the serving size, if you want bigger pieces, order more cake!"

FromScratch Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 2:08am
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If you do decide to go with the bigger slices.. make sure yu charge more for them. Mocakes.. are you talking about a double layer 9x13?? 20 servings from that are HUGE servings. I am one who actually does eat a 2x2x2 piece of cake so I don't think the standard serving is absurd at all. The standard serving is used more to determin pricing.. if they want giant pieces they can order more cake.

gismo12002 Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 10:18am
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Thanks so much for your help with this little problem I have! Got the answers I needed! Maybe-one day-I will be able to do the work, as you do! (just wishing!) Thanks for all help given to me!

MomLittr Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 10:46am
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I did an 11x15 double layer cake a month ago for a party I went to. The hostess cut these huge squares (at least 2x2) and almost did not have enough cake! Next time i do the cutting - although all the folks loved the cake and ate these huge pieces, they still wanted seconds; of course there was nothing left. What a bunch of piggies! LOL!!! Heck I love cake but those pieces were big for me!

deb

Deb_ Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 6:27pm
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Everyone has a different opinion about what size piece of cake they should serve.
When I sit down with a client I show them exactly what each piece looks like. The recommended Wilton...wedding or dessert size, and some a little larger. I have made up "dummy" cake pieces out of foam, and it is much easier for them to actually see the piece than to imagine it. 9 out of 10 go with the bigger pieces and order bigger cakes.....which means they spend more. It's all good!!
All of them want leftovers and all of them want their guests to enjoy a nice piece of cake, especially if it's to be the dessert.
I have increased my profit significantly by doing it this way....and I no longer hear back from the client saying there was not enough cake or that the cake didn't serve the # of people that I told them it would. Problem solved icon_smile.gif You guys should try it.

Hamaranpuu Posted 27 Mar 2014 , 8:25pm
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That is a really good tip Deb_, thanks.

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