Serving Sizes?? I Am So Confused!!

Decorating By mommybrooke Updated 31 Aug 2009 , 1:38pm by mommybrooke

mommybrooke Posted 31 Aug 2009 , 2:34am
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Okay I have seen the different charts for serving sizes for different size tiers.....I am so confused though! They seem to be more towards wedding cakes and the pieces cut soooo small! What are the sizes for like birthday cakes or shower cakes? Does that make sense?? And also when it says like 6" round, does that mean two layer?? Same with like 1/4 sheet is that just one sheet cake or a double layer one? Sorry to seem so scattered and crazed lol!! Thanks!

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Doug Posted 31 Aug 2009 , 2:39am
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standard serving is 8 cubic inches.

this could be 1"widex2"longx4"high from a two layer cake or it could be 2x2x2 from a sheet cake -- same amount from both. That's not a small piece for most.

so ---rounds, squares, ovals, hex, etc.-- yep -- its a 4" tall tier (usually 2 layers with filling and often torted to get full 4" height)

sheet cake is single layer served 2x2x2.

however if you make a 2 layer sheet cake as a kitchen cake then it too is served in 1x2x4 size pieces.

for simplicity and ease of pricing....stick to just one serving size.

xstitcher Posted 31 Aug 2009 , 2:45am
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What Doug said!

I just wanted to add a link to IndyDebi's website. In it she shows you how to cut a cake and you can see what a standard serving looks like:

http://www.cateritsimple.com/id10.html

BTW, IndyDebi uses Wilton's serving guide.

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

indydebi Posted 31 Aug 2009 , 4:14am
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Here's also a pic of a table full of cut pieces of 1x2x4 cake. http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1156785

I cut cakes this size at family holiday dinners, my grandchildren's birthday parties, and celebrations for the governor's office (just did one last week: http:[email protected]/3856884667/ )

For most birthdays, small children, dieting moms and "polite society" will be fine with a standard piece of cake. There aren't really that many Jethro Bodine's out there.

But ditto what Doug said .... pick a chart/size and stick to it for servings and pricing. If people want to cut the pieces bigger, then they have to spend more money to get more cake. YOU are not the one who is suppose to spend more money to MAKE more cake (for free).

mommybrooke Posted 31 Aug 2009 , 1:38pm
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Thanks so much guys! And especially those pics, that helps totally!! I just couldn't get it in my head I guess!!
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