Another Serving Size Question

Decorating By sugarandslice Updated 23 Oct 2009 , 1:44am by JanH

sugarandslice Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 9:17am
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I'd really like some help from some of you more experienced cakers out there if you can spare the time.

I've been asked by a friend to make a cake for a breast cancer survivors annual dinner. It's a bit last-minute! We're going to sit down tomorrow and talk through what she wants/what I can do. I'd like to do a round, tiered (2 or 3) cake. It needs to be enough coffee-sized servings for approx 120 people.
So.... my question is: What size cakes do I need to make?
Please bear in mind that I don't make sheet cakes (mostly because I don't have the pans!)

Any help or advice will be gratefully received.


8 replies
cakebaker1957 Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 12:55pm
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According to Wilton a 18/14/6 will serve 204 , Hope this helps

-K8memphis Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 12:59pm
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What's a coffee sized serving?

Here's some Wilton charts:

If you want a 1x2x4 ^^ those are correct. And that size is great with coffee or milk.

sugarandslice Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 8:03pm
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Thanks for your replies.

Kate, that link is really helpful, I hadn't seen that before.

(And I meant servings to go with coffee after a meal rather than dessert-sized)

I'm still a little unsure though. May have to buy some new tins!

Thanks again,

indydebi Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 8:20pm
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Originally Posted by emcm51

(And I meant servings to go with coffee after a meal rather than dessert-sized)

Uh, I don't mean to sound stupid, but isnt' having cake and coffee after a meal called "dessert" so wouldn't that be 'dessert' size? icon_confused.gif

I use the wilton wedding chart (1x2x4") at all events ... weddings, grandchildren's birthdays, family get togethers ...... and describe it as a "nice, dessert size piece of cake". I tell folks, "It's not like the big 'ole honkin' piece of cake we eat while curled up on the couch, late at night, watching the late show, when no one's around and the calories don't count!" icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

sugarandslice Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 8:26pm
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The event I'm providing the cake for is a 3 course meal. The cake is extra!

Can anyone show me a link which shows how many servings in each size/tier of cake
Eg: 12" round gives you X servings
10" rounds gives you Y servings
Any ideas where I can find something like that?


sugarandslice Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 8:37pm
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Never mind.
Bluehue has some through with exactly what I need.

Bluehue, you're the best! icon_biggrin.gif

JanH Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 1:59am
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An Australian dessert portion is roughly 2.5 x 5 x 9 cm high, while a coffee portion is half the size of a dessert portion (about the size of a petit four).

AU sites with more info:


JanH Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 1:44am
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For more info on this cake, please see:


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