Ok I keep getting orders for about 20 or 30 people at a party & they want a cake for example a 2 layer beach theme cake. What sizes of pans would I use? She wants square shape. I dont have pans that come out to be about 30 servings for the whole cake.
according to this chart...an 8x8 square 2"deep pan will serve 32.
hope this helps
You rarely will get a cake to come out exactly to the number of servings they need. You should let them know that you can make that cake to feed 25 or 42 ... which would they prefer?
I had a lady asking about a sheet cake. I told her the 11x15 served 35 and the 12x18 served 50. She asked if I could make the 11x15 to serve 30? ( Yeah.... I'll just whack one end off of it for her and lose money on it! No problem!). I responded that the next pan smaller (which I dont' make) only served 24, so the 11x15 sounded like her best bet. If she didn't want any leftover cake, she could cut the pieces bigger. (big sigh!)
I don't sell them the number of pieces they plan to cut from the cake. I sell them the number of pieces the cake is designed to serve. They are welcome to cut it in any size pieces they want.
Ok but she wants 2 tiers to equal about 20ppl, so wat pans would be the best to use, it doesnt have to be 20 just the closest to that for a two tiered cake. Also I confused cuz you said the 11x15 sheet cake is about 35 servings & the 12x18 is 50, but on the serving guide they have on this site says 11x15 is 65 servings & the 12x18 is 108 servings, thats way off, so maybe Im looking at this wrong. What am I doing wrong?
Also I confused cuz you said the 11x15 sheet cake is about 35 servings & the 12x18 is 50, but on the serving guide they have on this site says 11x15 is 65 servings & the 12x18 is 108 servings, thats way off, so maybe Im looking at this wrong. What am I doing wrong?
Those are for 2-layer cakes.
A 12x18 2-layer cake, when cut in the standard 1x2x4 serving size, would be cut into 12 rows by 9 columns = 108. A single layer, when cut in the standard 2x2x2, would be cut into 6 rows by 9 columns = 54 (I rounded down to 50).
The nice thing about square and rectangle cakes, is we can easily "do the math" to figure out the servings we can expect to get, based on the size of the serving.
Ohh ok thanks. So when it says 1 layer that means one tier right?
If the chart you are looking at says a single layer 12x18 will serve 108 .... they are either wrong or crazy! If you do the math, you can see this can't be right.
Can you post the link to the chart you are looking at? (The link in the above post doesn't show the rectangle cakes)
Ok I see now that it says servings 2 layer, I didnt know there was a difference...heres the link anyway so you'll have it http://www.cakecentral.com/article15-Cake-Baking-Cutting--Serving-Guide---3-in-Deep-Pans.html thanks
Also, layers are not the same as tiers. Layers (plus filling) build up to make a tier.