Do You Accomodate The Servings Needed Or Give 2 Options?

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dandelion56602 Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 2:00am
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I have someone needing a cake for 25. Yet when I go by the Wilton party servings (1 1/2 x 2) a 6" and. 8" round comes out to it servings. Or a 10" square comes out to 30 servings. I don't remember the lower end of the servings. So do I say I can give you 30 or 32 servings or the lower end? Just wondered b/c I've not done a cake yet where the servings were specific

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KHalstead Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 2:15am
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I always round down.......then if they pay me to stay and cut I have a little bit of a buffer for myself lol.

For me a 6" is 10 servings and an 8" is 20 servings, but I go by the 1"'x2"x4" slice

dandelion56602 Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 4:03am
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For 1x2x4" the Wilton Yearbook says 24 servings for an 8" round & 20 servings for the 1 1/2" x 2" x 4". Now that I have it in front of me it says a 9" round is 24 servings (which I don't have a 9" pan) and a 10" round is 28 servings.

The guy wanting the cake mentioned a small sheet cake (which I really detest doing b/c they just don't look as good to me) & a 7x11 is 28 servings (don't have that pan either).

So, I'm at a loss as what to recommend. Should I just list the options & let them choose?

indydebi Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 4:46am
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I had a lady ask for info on a cake. In the email, she didnt' mention serving sizes, so I told her the 11x15 serves 35 and the 12x18 serves 54. She came back and asked if I could make one that serves 30? icon_confused.gif I told her the next size down (9x13) served 24, so that would leave her short, ergo she needed the 11x15 ".....if you only want 30 pieces, you can cut them bigger."

Had another client who wanted cake to serve 30. I told her "Assuming a standard serving of 1x2x4, a 10" serves about 35...." She interrupted me with "Oh we better get a bigger cake, then."

If I had a client who wanted 25 sheet cake servings, I'd suggest they get the 11x15 (35 servings, when cut in 2x2x2) as the 9x13 would be too small.

It is VERY rare that you can make a cake to exactly the number of servings a customer requests.

(7x11 serves 28? That's 1.75 x 1.5. Those a pretty small for a single layer and pretty big for a 2-layer. Is that chart for a 1-layer or 2-layer cake?)

dandelion56602 Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 5:18am
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The chart says 2 layer, 4" high cakes, or it's the same for a 3" torted & filled cake. Indydebi, are all of your servings 2x2? 2" high seems squatty to me. Since this is my first cake to be "seen" (by non-friends) I would like it to look great, not like walmart.

indydebi Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 5:23am
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2" tall is the standard single layer sheet cake. Around here, when people ask for a sheet cake, they are expecting a single layer cake.

If all of your cakes are 2-layer, then of course you want to go by the number of servings for a 2-layer. thumbs_up.gif

When I made the "Beatles- Help" cake for my daughter's birthday, I watched her cut the cake to see how big she cut the pieces .... wanted to see what cake-civilians considered a regular piece of cake. The pieces she cut ended up being 2x2x2. I asked everyone later if the cake piece was too big, too small or just right? Everyone thought it was a perfect size. There was no food at this party ... just cake and punch.

dandelion56602 Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 5:33am
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Around here they expect a single layer as well, but they're usually closer to a 3". I normally torte mine. I totally agree if it's 2" high that 2x2 would be what people would cut. I do know that they are just planning on mints & nuts b/c it's right after work & I'm assuming they don't want to overstuff before dinner. Why does this have to be so difficult? I'm suppose to talk to a lady in charge of the shower next week (the guy is just wanting me to make the cake) so maybe she'll have insight of which direction to go.

So, if you do make 2 layers do you serve 1x2x4? I was thinking 1.5x2x4 since most people around here do like "big" pieces & this wouldn't be "too small". Uggh!

-K8memphis Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 8:43am
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I'm confused about what you're doing.

It seems you just need to advise them about what size slice you are preparing/serving. So they can then determine if they want that same size or if they want to order a larger cake if they want to cut larger servings than you are selling.

Generally speaking, a quarter sheet serves 20-24 (25), half sheet serves 40-48 (50) and etc. I mean some women can cut a cake! They can get a half sheet of servings out of a quarter sheet of cake.

You set your own standard--just communicate the serving amount or the serving size to the customer.

KoryAK Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 11:49am
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Yes, give them the 2 options and let them choose.

dandelion56602 Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 2:01pm
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I emailed a few options & will let them choose what they want. I'll just make sure I leave a copy of a chart to show how to cut it.

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