Is An 8" Square Too Large To Be The Top Tier?

Decorating By jpmama Updated 27 Jul 2009 , 3:34am by kokopuff

jpmama Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 12:39am
post #1 of 10

A friend wants a 3 tier square wedding cake to feed 150. I was thinking 8" 10" 12" would feed 154, but is 8" too big to be the top tier? Would that look weird?

9 replies
icer101 Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 1:43am
post #2 of 10

lots of people make 8,10.12 inch square and round tiers..

cupcakeco Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 1:56am
post #3 of 10

12" 10" 8" all by itself is only 126 1"x2" servings, basically 25 short. Even with a top 6" (+10 servings) you'd still be short by approx 15 servings.

Sooo... you could add on the 6" round top tier to solve your proportion worries, and supplement with a 6" square kitchen cake (serves 1icon_cool.gif to bring total servings up to the desired 150.

Actual serving count of 12" 10" 8" 6" Round wedding cake + 6" Square kitchen cake=154 servings, 4 in excess of the desired 150.

These two #serving charts were referred to me by a fellow CC member and they've helped me SO much.



jpmama Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 2:04am
post #4 of 10

Cupcakeco--- thanks for the response. I might be losing my mind, but I'm going by Wilton: 8"= 32 serv, 10"=50 serv, 12"=72 for a total of 154?!?! The bride doesn't want to save the top tier and really wants 3 tiers, not 4. My concern is that it might look weird for 8" to be the smallest tier. Other sizes I've cosidered is 7" 10" 13" for 158 and 6" 10" 14" for 166, but I don't really want to buy the 7" and 13" pans and the other is a little too big.

cupcakeco Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 2:06am
post #5 of 10

Ok, so where it says "1 icon_eek.gif" in my previous post it's supposed to say 18. A 6" square serves 18 in 1"x2" pieces.


Texas_Rose Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 2:11am
post #6 of 10

The 8" 10" 12" square will feed 154. I think maybe on the 126 Cupcakeco meant round cakes icon_biggrin.gif

If you did 6" 10" 14" the bride could keep the top tier for the anniversary.

cupcakeco Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 2:11am
post #7 of 10

Hmmmm....I'm going by the charts I posted links to. I wonder what's different? In any instance, an 8" won't be too big, as long as the topper or flower topper is in proportion. As long as the top tier and topper are in proportion... I'm sure that it will look fine.

Turning over your pans and stacking them gives a pretty good visual as to what the finished product will look like, size-wise roughly. This might help you to envision the size of the finished top tier.

cupcakeco Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 2:15am
post #8 of 10

Ahhh! I completely missed the part about SQUARE... DUH!! No wonder I was confused. Sorry, folks!! Slinking away now!! icon_redface.gificon_redface.gif

indydebi Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 2:24am
post #9 of 10

With the right topper, an 8" will look fine. To tell ya the truth, when I first started making cakes, an 8" cake as the top tier was the norm. I've only started making 6" cakes as the top tier in the last handful of years.

Here is a pic of an 8/10/12 round cake:

Here is a pic of just the bottom two of those tiers (10 and 12). I think even the 10" as a top tier looks fine as long as the topper is proportionate to the size of the cakes.

edited to add 2nd photo link. icon_redface.gif

kokopuff Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 3:34am
post #10 of 10

I just did a 8,10,12 and 16 a few weekends ago.It is in my photos.It was my first big cake and the first time I ever attempted swirls so it's not as good as a lot of peoples on here,or as good as I hope to someday be, but you can get a feel for the size.

Quote by @%username% on %date%