Wilton Serving Sizes: Too Small?

Decorating By OregonCakeLady Updated 2 Sep 2009 , 5:28pm by JanH

OregonCakeLady Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 1:35am
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I often have trouble deciding how many servings I will get out of a cake. I always over compensate for this. So when I look at the Wilton serving chart I always think, "No wAy! Those servings are so small!"
Does anyone else think they are too small or should I really be charging per 1"by2" serving?
Don't know if I can trust the Wilton gods! icon_cry.gif

15 replies
jamiekwebb Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 1:50am
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Because I have the same problem I only use the party size but really no one here likes that huge of a piece anyway... think about it 4" high by 2" wide by 1 1/2 "deep.... that's a decent size piece of cake so no I don't think that they are to small. They aren't making a meal out of it just dessert is all.

JanH Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 1:51am
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You can certainly set your serving sizes as large as you wish. icon_smile.gif

However, most CC members with businesses use the Wilton wedding size serving of 1x2x4 (8 cubic inches) as their standard for all their cakes from wedding to sheet.

If you choose to make your servings larger, you can use the Wilton party size of 1-1/2x2x4 - increasing the size by 50% and decreasing your potential profit by an equal proportion.

Here's a similar thread on cake sizes:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-649478.html

HTH

indydebi Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 2:03am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by OregonCakeLady

So when I look at the Wilton serving chart I always think, "No wAy! Those servings are so small!"



Are you looking at the chart ..... or at an actual piece of cake? icon_confused.gif

People tend to read "1 inch" and think "paper thin". It's not. I've posted links to cut pieces of cake in the link that JanH posted above.

My KFC analogy regarding serving sizes is in this thread. It may help explain the serving size thng: http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-597044-kfc.html

LaBellaFlor Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 2:10am
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My kids are the ultimate sweet tooth junkies and thats the size I cut them.

icer101 Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 2:11am
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believe me... trust the "wilton gods"...!!!

sarahokie Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 4:51am
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I only make cakes for family and give 'em as gifts..so take my opinion for what it's worth. I'd definitely charge by the wilton serving sizes. Just let your customer know what a serving is. At most of our family weddings, a "honored" family member or friend cuts the cake instead of a caterer. They usually tend to cut a bit bigger slices...but maybe that's because we're all "big boned, plus sized goddesses".

Bigger than standard serving=you pay for more food to get the serving you want, be it cake or KFC (gotta love that
indydebi)

Speaking of indydebi, she has a picture in her gallery that shows what a wilton serving of cake looks like.

Toptier Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 4:52am
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I used to think the Wilton size was small but I've cut a few of my cakes to the 1"x2"x4" and it is actually a perfectly sized piece of cake, really! Try it yourself to see, it was the only way I felt comfortable with it.

__Jamie__ Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 5:05am
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It's 8 cubic inches of cake....that should put it into perspective a bit! icon_wink.gif

Ruth0209 Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 5:10am
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I used to think it was too small, too, but then I cut a few of my cakes and realized it's plenty enough cake, especially when a meal has been served.

OregonCakeLady Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 11:55am
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Okay I guess I will trust the Wilton gods after all. That's the thing though, I think that is way enough cake for me but I feel weird telling my customers that I am charging them (sometimes) $5.00 a serving for a 1" by 2" piece of cake. They usually think I am charging a lot when I charge $3.25 for a fondant decor serving. Anyways, at least I know I have other Cakers support. Thank you all thumbs_up.gif

sambugjoebear Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 12:26pm
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Here's another visual for you. Mikeroweshunny posted this awhile back in her photo gallery. You can see the differences in 3 different serving sizes: 2x2x4, 1.5x2x4, and 1x2x4. The one on the far right is the Wilton serving size. http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=88648

Hope that helps icon_smile.gif

mashmellow Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 4:45pm
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I worry too of this chart ,I mean people don't cut the cake according to chart, so if somebody ask for a cake for 35 a make a 10" but thay cut bigger pieces and they won't have enought, So I have to tell them how to cut the cake.

sfaith Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 5:04pm
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Not to offend anyone, but many people have problems with proper portion sizes no matter what food it is. That is why so many of us struggle with our weight. We eat what ever size portion is handed to us, many times oversized, and we forget what a normal size portion is supposed to look like.

indydebi Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 5:19pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mashmellow

I worry too of this chart ,I mean people don't cut the cake according to chart, so if somebody ask for a cake for 35 a make a 10" but thay cut bigger pieces and they won't have enought, So I have to tell them how to cut the cake.




"This cake will serve 25 to 35 depending on how you cut it. If your family tends to cut larger pieces, you might need to get a larger cake."

You plant the idea that it will serve TWENTY people .... if they are planning 30, they are likely to increase the order from you.

JanH Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 5:28pm
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Here's a link to Indydebi's illustrated cutting guide:
(So anyone can easily cut slices the correct size.)

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

HTH

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