I'm making over 400 servings of wedding cake for my cousin. (as a gift, I'm only charging for ingredients) Normally I don't do dummy cakes...but I'm her bridesmaid also and have a small baby- 'nuff said! Anyway, I don't want people to KNOW I'm making sheet cakes so I'm doing 2-layer kitchen cakes. I'm making pumpkin cake (scratch), it's a recipe I've used before, but never in a 12x18-inch pan. I baked them today and they are a little short, like 1 1/2 inches each layer, so the finished cake will be just over 3 inches with the filling/frosting. Do you think that will look bad (cut & on the plate)? My options would be to: make a 3rd layer for each cake, making a 5-inch tall cake (and screwing myself $$$ since they already paid me) OR maybe have them cut a little wider to make up for the lack of height? I'm not worried about getting less servings out of the cake since I know there's going to be a lot of extra cake anyway (the bride & her mom seem to think everyone they invited is going to show up & nothing I can say will convince them otherwise!). Gosh, sorry this is such a long question! What would you do?
Well, if you think there will be enough servings if they are cut a little larger, then I don't see a problem with that at all. As far as I can tell, we cake decorators are the only ones who pull out the magnifying glass, tape measure and note paper the moment the cake appears on the table.
Don't worry about it, it sounds like there will be a lot of cake left over anyway. I agree with the tape measure idea, too!
Yeah, you're right...I'm sure I'm the only one that would notice! I just needed some reassurance. (and I've been guilty of pulling out the tape measure many times!) Thanks!