I need to make a Hawaiian shirt cake for a 50th birthday soon. The cake needs to serve about 75. I planned on cutting the shape of the shirt out of a sheet cake, but am confused about how to do this for a 75 serving cake.
If I carve the shirt out of a 1/2 sheet cake, I may only get about 45 servings (I am accounting for the servings that will be lost by cutting if I start out with a 54 serving 1/2 sheet). I could stack two 1/2 sheets on top of one another, but I think that will make the cake look too tall and not as realistic looking as it would if I used a 2" high sheet cake.
If you were making this cake, what would you do to achieve at least 75 servings? I am thinking my only choice, if I don't want to stack two sheet cakes on top of one another, would be to have a separate sheet cake (11x15" - 35 servings) on hand to make up the additional servings (like a "kitchen cake" at a wedding), and use the 1/2 sheet for the actual shirt cake, which will be displayed. I'd love your thoughts on this...I don't carve/shape cakes very often and am always confused about the sizing.....
Thanks so much in advance!
What if you did cupcakes with flowers on the top of each one and arrange them on the table in the shape of a lei? The only other thought I have is make the cake itself bigger.
Sorry that's all I got.
Thanks, Judi. That's the problem, though. I'm not sure what I would do to make the cake bigger without stacking two sheet cakes.
Any other help??