Serving #'s Quick Question Please

Decorating By photofire Updated 23 Oct 2008 , 5:12am by photofire

photofire Posted 22 Oct 2008 , 11:47pm
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How many servings do you typically get from a 12", 9", and 6" cake? each tier will be 4 inches tall. I am freaking out after reading somewhere that the wilton guides are not really accurate for estimating serving sizes for wedding cakes. I need to have 80 servings to play it safe. Am I making enough cake?

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-K8memphis Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 12:18am
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I've been using Wilton charts for a long time. I think they are accurate.

photofire Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 12:22am
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I am just a little nervous, wilton says this cake will serve 76 but The Cake Bible says it will serve 150??? Will I be ok for 80 servings? 80 is my safe #, I think they will actually be expecting 75.

Jopalis Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 12:28am
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Wilton's servings are pretty small by most people's standards. I would try Earlene's cakes and use hers. A bit larger. She also has cutting directions, amt. of batter, etc. etc. I think it is

deliciously_decadent Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 12:34am
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acording to my charts 12" serves 45, 9" serves22 and 6" serves 8 so thats 75 serves. a 12"10"8" serves 90 acording to my serves (1.5" by 2" by height of cake) which i think is a nice serve. but its all personal choice really. i think for desert sizes wilton are too small earlenes is spot on. thats the one i use too then i tweaked that a little. i think theh cake bible serves you were refering to are coffee portions which are half the size of desert portions (i only ever do cofffee portions if particularly asked as they are miniscule) thumbs_up.gif

kakeladi Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 2:02am
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12x4 round = 56
9x4 = 32
6x4 = 12
These are Wilton servings based on cutting 1x2x4" slices. A rather ample serving. If the customer wants bigger pieces let them order a bigger cake.

Usually I don't count the top tier - if it is 6". That is theirs to keep for their 1st (month) anniversaryicon_smile.gif If the top is anything bigger it is counted.

leah_s Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 3:15am
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I have always used the Wilton servings charts for wedding servings and find them extremely reliable and provide just the right amount of cake for a wedding. And anyway, every caterer n the country cuts to the industry standard Wilton serving size, so if you use any other chart, you're just giving away cake for free.

deliciously_decadent Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 3:28am
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icon_biggrin.gif i always provide all the receptions i deliver my cakes too with copies of my cutting charts so that they cut to my specifications (i have always had a nightmare that i say a cake will serve x amount and someone cuts it into y amount and they don't have enough!! lol!) i figure the bride has purchased her cake acording to the size portyions the decorator has discussed with her so therefor she should get said size potions, i have only ever had one reception venue say they cut a different way to which i replied well this is what the bride wants, she has purchased said portions and i am sure she would appreciate getting said portions, if you cut it another way i cannot garuantee you are going to get the correct serving size and portions and i am not resposible for that (stated in contract) so i would stringly advise you follow my cutting chart or the bride may be upset. the wedding coordinator quickly changed her tune (i did feel like following all that with : so if you would like to get back in your little box i would be quite happy to assist you right now!! she was also the wedding coordinator who had the cake table set up in direct sun in the window on a 30 degree day and also then made me remove the cake after set up as she forgot to put a black table cloth on instead of a white one thank god i have not had to deal with HER again!)

indydebi Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 3:35am
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What leahs and kakeladi said.

Here's a link to my website on how to cut a cake to the wilton serving size. I actually get about 10% more pieces when cutting a cake this way. Since I stay and cut the cakes, I know that (1) I NEVER run out of cake and (2) I get a lot of folks who come up and ask for a smaller piece of cake.

Here are pics of the cut pieces of cake in the 1x2x4 dimension. As you can see, it is not a paper-thin piece (most people hear "one inch" and they think "paper thin" .... it's not). It's a nice dessert-size piece of cake.

If your client wants Jethro pieces, then they need to order more cake.

photofire Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 5:12am
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Thank you all so much for your input....I feel much better now icon_biggrin.gif I am so glad I found this forum, it really is a wonderful place to learn and I am so much more confidant in my decorating skills thanks to all the wonderful members here. A big huge hug and many thanks to you all thumbs_up.gif

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