Rule Of Thumb For Filling Amount?

Decorating By Ladiesofthehouse Updated 28 May 2009 , 6:44pm by whisperingmadcow

Ladiesofthehouse Posted 28 May 2009 , 12:49am
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I never seem to get the amount of filling in my cakes exactly right! The last cake I made I thought there wasn't enough filling, just a small ribbon for flavor, so last night I made my daughter's birthday cake with lots of filling in both tiers to bring them up to 4" tall. It seemed like too much and it overpowered the cake. I don't measure, maybe that's the problem? Is there a set amount, like in cups, that is a standard amount for each size of cake?

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Rylan Posted 28 May 2009 , 12:52am
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I use my dam as a guide (I pipe it just with just the coupler). I usually level it or sometimes below the top of the dam.

Ladiesofthehouse Posted 28 May 2009 , 3:45am
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So how do you know how much filling to make when planning your cake? When purchasing ingredients and figuring the cost of a cake do you have a "kind of" amount that you shoot for?

KimAZ Posted 28 May 2009 , 4:24am
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I personally just kind of eyeball how much I think it needs but I have this chart to share too. I believe it cake from Ladycakes.com

Pan shape  Size  Cups of filling

Round   5"  1/4
Round  6"  1/3
Round  7"  2/3
Round  8"  3/4
Round  9"  1
Round  10"  1 1/4
Round  11"  1 1/2
Round  12"  1 3/4
Round   14"  2 1/3
Round  15"  3
Round  16"  3 2/3
Round  18"  5 2/3

Pan shape  Size  Cups of
Filling
Rectangle   9x13  1 1/2
Rectangle  10x15  2
Rectangle  12x18  3 1/3

Square cakes take a little more than rounds.

KimAZ

Ladiesofthehouse Posted 28 May 2009 , 4:28am
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Oh that helps me a bunch--thank you! I have a half sheet for this weekend and this will help me figure how much to make icon_smile.gif

Rylan Posted 28 May 2009 , 8:05am
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I really don't have a plan when it comes to costing since I don't sell my cake. I just approximate and if I run out, I get some more or make some more. Sorry I couldn't help =[.

imamommy1205 Posted 28 May 2009 , 12:22pm
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Great chart Kim! I am sure it will be very helpful to a lot of people icon_smile.gif.

cherrycakes Posted 28 May 2009 , 1:12pm
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Thanks for the chart Kim. I am assuming that if I torte the cake so there are three layers, I would divide that amount into 3? Please correct me if I'm wrong!

grama_j Posted 28 May 2009 , 1:28pm
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WOW! Thanks, Kim !!

Frankyola Posted 28 May 2009 , 3:03pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KimAZ

I personally just kind of eyeball how much I think it needs but I have this chart to share too. I believe it cake from Ladycakes.com

Pan shape  Size  Cups of filling

Round   5"  1/4
Round  6"  1/3
Round  7"  2/3
Round  8"  3/4
Round  9"  1
Round  10"  1 1/4
Round  11"  1 1/2
Round  12"  1 3/4
Round   14"  2 1/3
Round  15"  3
Round  16"  3 2/3
Round  18"  5 2/3

Pan shape  Size  Cups of
Filling
Rectangle   9x13  1 1/2
Rectangle  10x15  2
Rectangle  12x18  3 1/3

Square cakes take a little more than rounds.

KimAZ




Thank You so much!!! Really helpful thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

hensor Posted 28 May 2009 , 3:09pm
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Are these amounts based on the whole cake or just per layer?

KimAZ Posted 28 May 2009 , 6:15pm
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This chart is based on a whole cake. So if you torte your layers, you'd just equally divide the amount of filling.

KimAZ

GayeG Posted 28 May 2009 , 6:39pm
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Thank you Kim for all that info!! It will be very useful to me .. I NEVER get it right .. I always make too much or worse, not enuff icon_sad.gif
Thanks again for sharing that!!!

whisperingmadcow Posted 28 May 2009 , 6:44pm
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I am in the same boat! I never know!

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