I have my first big cake coming up, it started out as a baby shower cake that will feed 30 people, I thought to myself that won't be bad. Then I received a call yesterday and the lady now needs it big enough to feed 80. She gave me a picture of an idea she likes/wanted (see attached). What size round pans should I use to get enough to serve 80? Also, how many layers of each tier should I have to get the right height? I am a little nervous as this will be my first paid cake. I've mostly made them for free for friends and family, but this lady called me for a paid job so I am really unsure what I should charge. We are suppose to meet this Friday and go over the final idea and price. Can someone give me an idea on how to price a cake?
Thank you for all of your help!
A 12" gives you 40 servings and 14" gives you 63 servings. Each cake has 2 layers. I'm not sure on pricing depending on how much it cost you to make. If you make it with BC and fondat accents as in the pic I think you could charge $85 to $100 but this is just my thinking and I don't sell alot of cakes. A lot depends on where you live but you do want to cover your cost and time. Some charge $2 or $3 per serving.
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There are different cake serving charts. The most popular is Wilton's chart. http://www.wilton.com/wedding/wedding-cakes/wedding-cake-data.cfm
A 12" and an 8" would serve 80. Usually you want to use 2 layers that are 2" high each, to get each tier to a height of 4". Of course nobody is going to be standing there with a ruler measuring your cake, but if it was much shorter than 4" then the servings would be noticeably smaller.
I would suggest charging $2 a serving at least. Your ingredients and the boards and dowels and a box to put it in are probably going to run at least $40 and you need to make sure you charge something for your time as well.
Texas is right on with the serving chart. *Always* use the Wilton chart. It provides plenty of cake, and you make more $.