Anyone Willing To Share Their Cutting Guides?

Decorating By -Tubbs Updated 24 May 2009 , 7:22pm by indydebi

-Tubbs Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 6:37pm
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I have a customer who's nervous about cutting her cake (6" & 9" rounds, 4" tall). I want to give her a cutting guide, but all the ones I'm finding online are the traditional 'cut a circle one inch from the edge etc' I want one which shows how to cut 'IndyDebi style' in slices then in pieces.

Does anyone have this and would you be willing to share?? Also, how many would you expect this size cake to serve? She wants 30 servings and I thought I was about right, but the cake doesn't look that big...

Many thanks for any help.

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indydebi Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 8:30pm
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I go by the wilton chart for the number of servings, and my cutting method will achieve these servings. Just print off my website page and give that to her.

-Tubbs Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 8:34pm
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Thanks, I will do that. I think she wanted a diagram showing how to cut the entire cake, so I was wondering if anyone had done that for the various sizes.

indydebi Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 8:40pm
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In general ......

since we are working with 2" strips of cake, then that strip is cut into 1" pieces .....

An 8" cake would be cut into a total of four 2" strips.
A 10" cake would be cut into a total of five 2" strips.

She could make an indentation in the top of the cake before cutting to just space out the 2" strips, to give her a visual.

But dont' cut them into two inch strips all at once. Just do one at a time, like on my website page.

She's reallymaking this harder than it really is.

Juds2323 Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 8:42pm
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Since you want uniform slices indydebi's actually shows how to cut all tiers. Big or small. They all get done the same way. The only thing not on there is how to disassemble the cake.

Judi

-Tubbs Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 12:10am
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I think I'll do up a little sheet with your diagram and general instructions about removing the top tier and taking out the dowels, plus storage stuff (I know she'll want to put it in the fridge!)

Thanks again.
Natalie.

say_it_with_cake Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 12:27am
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There are diagrams for that cutting style in the gallery under Sketches and Templates

Here's the round guide:
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1300478

Square and rectangle are there also. HTH icon_smile.gif

-Tubbs Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 1:22am
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I made a basic instruction sheet with some simple diagrams. Hopefully it'll help my nervous lady!

Edibleart Posted 18 May 2009 , 8:51pm
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I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if a chart for the odd size pans has ever been made - like the 7, 9 and 11?

ZAKIA6 Posted 18 May 2009 , 9:01pm
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i've never seen anything for the odd sizes?

Edibleart Posted 18 May 2009 , 9:04pm
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I have been searching also and haven't run across anything except the even sized pans. I have a 6-9-12 wedding cake for this weekend and was hoping to include a cutting diagram, but I'm not having much luck!

ZAKIA6 Posted 19 May 2009 , 1:02pm
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actually you really dont need a cutting guide for the odd sized pans. you just follow the same cutting process regardless of pan size.

cylstrial Posted 19 May 2009 , 1:29pm
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Originally Posted by Edibleart

I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if a chart for the odd size pans has ever been made - like the 7, 9 and 11?




Are you wondering more of how many servings the odd pans give you? Rather than how to cut the cake? If you are wondering about the servings, here is a thread about the same subject (it's in the middle of the page).

In case you don't want to read the thread, here is the answer that KoryAK gave. "pi x radius squared x height divided by 8 (1x2x4") gives you the wilton wedding servings for any pan. divide by 12 for party servings. Or email me for the full chart I already have made up".

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=6323610#6323610

ZAKIA6 Posted 19 May 2009 , 2:30pm
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cylstrial - i actually though about that after i posted. maybe she is looking for a servings chart. not a cutting chart.
would you happen to have the odd sized servings chart? (me+math= icon_confused.gif )

cylstrial Posted 19 May 2009 , 2:45pm
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I wish I did, Zakia! I never made a chart...I just wrote down the forumula so that I could do it if I needed to. And then I did do a couple of the square pans and I wrote it down somewhere... but I literally have no idea where. I'm sure that if you PM KoryAK she would be willing to share her chart with you (since she offered it to me). I should have just gotten it from her and saved myself the time.

Try that... if that doesn't work...I'll help you figure out what you need to know!

ZAKIA6 Posted 19 May 2009 , 3:00pm
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OMG. i just did it myself ......

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fosterscreations Posted 19 May 2009 , 6:13pm
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Originally Posted by cylstrial

Quote:
Originally Posted by Edibleart

I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if a chart for the odd size pans has ever been made - like the 7, 9 and 11?



Are you wondering more of how many servings the odd pans give you? Rather than how to cut the cake? If you are wondering about the servings, here is a thread about the same subject (it's in the middle of the page).

In case you don't want to read the thread, here is the answer that KoryAK gave. "pi x radius squared x height divided by 8 (1x2x4") gives you the wilton wedding servings for any pan. divide by 12 for party servings. Or email me for the full chart I already have made up".

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=6323610#6323610




Is this formula for round or square pans??? They would yield different amounts of servings.

ZAKIA6 Posted 19 May 2009 , 7:17pm
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this is for round pans.

for square pans use: LxHxW divided by 8 for wedding or 12 for party

cylstrial Posted 19 May 2009 , 7:54pm
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Originally Posted by fosterscreations

Quote:
Originally Posted by cylstrial

Quote:
Originally Posted by Edibleart

I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if a chart for the odd size pans has ever been made - like the 7, 9 and 11?



Are you wondering more of how many servings the odd pans give you? Rather than how to cut the cake? If you are wondering about the servings, here is a thread about the same subject (it's in the middle of the page).

In case you don't want to read the thread, here is the answer that KoryAK gave. "pi x radius squared x height divided by 8 (1x2x4") gives you the wilton wedding servings for any pan. divide by 12 for party servings. Or email me for the full chart I already have made up".

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=6323610#6323610



Is this formula for round or square pans??? They would yield different amounts of servings.




It's for round! Sorry, I should have put that in there. Zakia gave you the formula for the square pans. I'll just copy it again.

Square pan formula by Zakia -

For square pans use: LxHxW divided by 8 for wedding or 12 for party

Edibleart Posted 21 May 2009 , 3:43am
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I am actually looking for cutting diagrams. I can find all the even number ones, in both techniques - starting 2 inches in and cutting around and the technique shown by Indydebi. I just haven't been able to find an actual diagram for cutting a 9" round cake, in either way. I wanted to send a diagram of each size (6-9-12) along with the cake so that it could be cut into the appropriate servings. A member of the family is going to be doing the cutting so they have little to no experience so I wanted to help them out!

indydebi Posted 21 May 2009 , 4:17pm
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They don't need a diagram as much as they need a sense of how wide is 2" (for cutting the big 2" strip) and how big is 1" (when cutting each individual piece).

1" is easy to measure .... it's about the length of the top half of your thumb (from knuckle to end of your nail base). Just tell them to bend their thumb and go by that.

fosterscreations Posted 24 May 2009 , 7:14pm
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I had a thought recently we always tell them 2in in and then 1 inch slices. However that first row of slices will have up to 1/4 of an inch of icing. So that piece would have less cake. So should we tell them to go in 2 1/4 inch for the outer rows and 2 inches for the rest?

indydebi Posted 24 May 2009 , 7:22pm
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Originally Posted by fosterscreations

I had a thought recently we always tell them 2in in and then 1 inch slices. However that first row of slices will have up to 1/4 of an inch of icing. So that piece would have less cake. So should we tell them to go in 2 1/4 inch for the outer rows and 2 inches for the rest?




I refer to it as "Use a little common!" (sense, that is). I eyeball it; I cut a 'legit' piece of cake. The corner pieces will be a little bigger because the corner has been cut out, or I'll cut the corner piece in a triangle.

But no .... I cut 2" strips, regardless.

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