May I Get Some Opinions Please?

Decorating By __Jamie__ Updated 19 Dec 2008 , 6:29pm by __Jamie__

__Jamie__ Posted 15 Dec 2008 , 11:08pm
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I estimate this cake to be a 14", 12", 10", 8" and a 6". Wilton's chart would serve about 163..sound right? If someone requested this for 130 people...what would you do? What size tiers would be the best for this?

I am not sure who designed this, but it was sent to me by a friend who is looking for advice for their cake, and I don't believe the picture is from this site. I hope it isn't, becuase I would want to credit the designer! icon_redface.gif
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AmyCakes2 Posted 15 Dec 2008 , 11:18pm
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It's absolutely gorgeous! I don't know where you could shrink it - it looks like a couple of those tiers are heart shaped - that would alter the serving amount, too. Looks like it's a 6" round, 9" heart, 12" round, 15" heart & 18" round. That's A LOT of cake!
An option would be to make the bottom tier a fake one. That would help cut down the serving size.
HTH!

kbak37 Posted 15 Dec 2008 , 11:24pm
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I agree with pp..make a tier a dummy cake. I have done that in the past and it works really well. Good Luck!

-K8memphis Posted 15 Dec 2008 , 11:31pm
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I think the picture is showing tiers that are about 3" difference.
Cakes are more towery looking at a two inch difference.

But for a 5-tier to serve 130

12 - 56
10 - 39
8 - 25
6 - 14
4 - 6
140 total if my math is right.

You could make the 6 & 4 inchers shorter.

__Jamie__ Posted 15 Dec 2008 , 11:36pm
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Oh thanks everybody. What a weird cake! I don't think the person is going to be a stickler for differing heights of the tiers OR the odd shapes either. Just gotta get the servings and pan sizes down I think. So far, I get the impression that it's the scroll/flowery design she likes.

K8...do you have a chart other than the standard Wilton and Earlene's that you refer to?

-K8memphis Posted 15 Dec 2008 , 11:47pm
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It's Wiltons but I added in the odd sizes.

square
7" = 25
9" = 41
11" = 61
13" = 85
15" = 113

round
7" = 18
9" = 32
11" = 47
13" = 66
17" = 113

That's if my math is right. It's close.

For example for the 9" round I subtract
the 8" servings of 25 from
the 10 " servings of 39 equals 14.
14 divided by 2 equals 7.
So 25 + 7 = 32.
The 8" servings plus half the servings to 10".
Clear as chocolate (mud)? icon_biggrin.gif Works for me.

indydebi Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 12:02am
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Per the Wilton Wedding chart, this cakes serves 208.

If I were asked to make this for 130, I'd use 6/8/10/12 ... this comes out to exactly 130 Wilton Wedding servings. If you wanted a few more servings "just in case", then swap out the 12 for 14, resulting in 152 servings.

-K8memphis Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 12:06am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by indydebi

Per the Wilton Wedding chart, this cakes serves 208.

If I were asked to make this for 130, I'd use 6/8/10/12 ... this comes out to exactly 130 Wilton Wedding servings. If you wanted a few more servings "just in case", then swap out the 12 for 14, resulting in 152 servings.




It's a 5 tier just slap on a 4".

indydebi Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 12:10am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by k8memphis

Quote:
Originally Posted by indydebi

Per the Wilton Wedding chart, this cakes serves 208.

If I were asked to make this for 130, I'd use 6/8/10/12 ... this comes out to exactly 130 Wilton Wedding servings. If you wanted a few more servings "just in case", then swap out the 12 for 14, resulting in 152 servings.



It's a 5 tier just slap on a 4".




Even better! thumbs_up.gif

kakeladi Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 12:16am
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.......picture is showing tiers that are about 3" difference.
Cakes are more towery looking at a two inch difference......

I agree it's not 6,8,10,12,etc. That would look much more like a tower. Example this 10,8,6 http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1294089
OR this that I estimadte to be 14,12,9,6: http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1293060

K8's right on this: for a 5-tier to serve 130

12 - 56
10 - 39
8 - 25
6 - 14
4 - 6
140 total if my math is right.

But it's going to look sort of towery. I can only see this done in 3 (4 at most) tiers to look good.
You can always put a lg styro tier on the bottom for a better look.

cakesdivine Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 1:12am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by indydebi

Per the Wilton Wedding chart, this cakes serves 208.

If I were asked to make this for 130, I'd use 6/8/10/12 ... this comes out to exactly 130 Wilton Wedding servings. If you wanted a few more servings "just in case", then swap out the 12 for 14, resulting in 152 servings.




Yep that's what I came up with too. But at closer examination it does look like top tier round, 2nd heart, 3rd round 4th heart, 5th round which would change the amount of cake to 268 servings based on what a previous post stated.

Using fake tiers works great. I have one this weekend that they insisted on a 3 tier but only are having about 40 people. So one tier is fake. But I only lower the price for that tier by 30% of what I would normally charge for that tier made from cake.

__Jamie__ Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 1:55am
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Oh man...you guys rock, really. Thanks for all the help!

bizatchgirl Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 2:07am
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I just have to put my two cents in, because I'm confused. How are you all seeing hearts in there? I don't see any hearts! I see round cakes with some shadows. I even saved the pic to my desktop and blew it up to get a better look icon_confused.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 3:08am
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The angle of the picture is a bit misleading. You can see the points (the bottom) of the hearts. I didn't see it at first either, but they are right, those have got to be hearts.

__Jamie__ Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 3:10am
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Top tier is round, next one is heart, next one round, next is heart and finally the bottom is heart!

bizatchgirl Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 3:23am
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My eyes still insist they're all round icon_surprised.gif I see shadow and the lace work and to me that makes kind of an illusion of points but I still see it as round. icon_confused.gif It's obviously just me since several people have said hearts and I'm sure it's not mass hysteria icon_biggrin.gif

Oh well, time to get glasses.

-K8memphis Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 4:17am
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I think the placement of the flowers makes it look a little wonky but I only see rounds.

tcakes65 Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 4:55am
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The 2nd tier looks square to me. icon_confused.gif But it's hard to tell with all the shadows. I agree that you may want to go with a dummy tier. I do them all the time when a bride wants the look of a 5 or 6-tier cake. I find it much easier, as do the brides, than trying to figure out a way to get an extra tier of cake when the number of guests don't warrant that big of a cake.

__Jamie__ Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 5:18pm
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Update.....found out bride only has $300 budget. My hubby (he pays attention to all of my activity in here...good for him!) said "that looks like a Ron Ben Israel or a Sylvia Weinstock to me! Hmmm...could be, in that case, we're talking $2000 and up. Either way, it is a designer cake, and was probably very pricey.

imakecakes Posted 19 Dec 2008 , 4:29pm
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I thought I was crazy, but I definately am seeing squared edges on the second tier, too.

Put your helmet on, Jamie....I have a feeling you're about to be pelted if you agree to do this cake for $300!! I don't make wedding cakes, so I won't start it tho'. It IS a gorgeous cake and I'd want to challenge myself, too! Especially when someone else says it can't be done!

__Jamie__ Posted 19 Dec 2008 , 6:29pm
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$300? Lol! Oh I have been in here long enough to know better than that! I told the bride $700 quote from Kneaders was too low! So, just another example of a bride who isn't doing her homework, or is thinks "simple buttercream" means "simple to make", regardless of the actual design! I am making this purely for fun, possibly a bit out of spite, and definitely to show off in pictures (if I pull it off to my acceptance level)....so my friends will be getting a bunch of cake to eat!

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