Wedding Cake To Feed 600 Pp?

Decorating By 2winboyz Updated 12 Jan 2010 , 5:09pm by SpringFlour

2winboyz Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 5:49am
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I received an email from a family friend who recently got engaged, asking me if I've done a wedding cake to feed 600 pp. I was floored b/c I just imaged this ginormous cake! I've done a few wedding cakes for 150-200 people. I just want to get some ideas of how I could achieve this before speaking with her. Should I recommend a cake to serve 200 people and have sheet cakes for the rest? Is it possible to have a cake to feed that many people?

Thank you!

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cathyscakes Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 6:27am
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That is alot of cake. I guess if you went with 24" cakes on up, you would get close. I can't even fit a 16" pan in my oven, so I would have to buy 1/2 pans. I guess if would depend on how grand she wants the cake to be. I know if it was me, I would probably go with 5 tiered cake and do the sheet cakes like you said.

Mrs-A Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 6:36am
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yikes, what about the poor caterer trying to cut and plate up 600 guests after the cutting. at least if they had sheet cake in the kitchen they can prepare as much as possible to feed the masses quickly.

although im a total n00b, as there is so many people then i can understand why the bride would like a big cake to stand out because a reception that big will warrant a big cake but i would suggest some dummy tiers and sheet cake

of course i could be totally wrong as i have no cake experience, im just going by bride experience

JanH Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 6:38am
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Sure. icon_smile.gif

You can have a tiered/stacked cake: 8-10-12-14-16" rounds to serve 24/38/56/78/100 and add three 16" satellites (100 ea.)

or a tiered/stacked cake: 8/12/16 rounds to serve 24/56/100 with four 16" satellites (100 ea.)

Or tiered/stacked cake: 6/8/10/12/14/16" squares to serve 18/32/50/72/98 and add two 14" square satellites (98 ea.)

or a tiered/stacked cake 8/12/16" squares to service 32/72/98 with four 14" square satellites (98 ea.)

However, it's not usual for every single invited guest to show up... Please see Indydebi's 60% rule following:

http://cateritsimple.blogspot.com/search/label/headcount

How to cut a wedding cake easily & get perfect slices (1x2x4"):
(Also courtesy of Indydebi.)

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

HTH

P.S. Most CC members usually charge 2/3 of their normal price for decorated dummies - so the overall cost hasn't gone done much but the work involved has increased dramatically.

LateBloomer Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 6:58am
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Thanks JanH this is really useful info.

JanH Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 7:54am
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You're very welcome LateBloomer. icon_smile.gif

If the BTB wants to add a fountain or two in there somewhere, or have two tiered/stacked cakes with a connecting bridge and/or staircase/s - I think Indydebi can help with that:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-590525-.html

HTH

P.S. I had a little free time, so I looked for some modern bridge wedding cakes and or huge wedding cakes some with satellites:

http://www.asianweddingcakes.co.uk/testimonial_rizwana.htm

http://www.roeserscakes.com/b/a/w-08s-big.jpg

http://image52.webshots.com/152/0/82/41/403608241xYxgSq_fs.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/58/195653307_40c5956046.jpg

http://elegantbouquetsorg.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/weddingcake26.jpg

http://www.slatonbakery.com/images/wedding%20cake/7-3-07_025.jpg

http://www.uniquecakes.net/images/Reginia_Wedding_Cake_92207.JPG

http://www.hofers.com/Weddin1.jpg

http://www.watertownads.com/user_images/4362640.jpg

http://www.bayshoregiftsinglass.com/evdon/rcakepiks/cakeR13.jpg

http://www.kaboodle.com/hi/img/b/0/0/56/0/AAAACwcdeMMAAAAAAFYFWg.jpg

http://clouddragon.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/tribble-wedding.jpg

http://www.sweet-promises.com/images/Andy.jpg

http://www.engagementadvisor.com/wvg/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/tall-cake.jpg

http://media.photobucket.com/image/tall%20tiered%20wedding%20cakes/csales/CAS8F.jpg

http://www.misquincemag.com/cm/misquincemag/images/ZU/CakeSuite_lavender-and-pink-xlg.jpg

http://media.cakecentral.com/modules/coppermine/albums/userpics/13279/smallNewYears2005_004.jpg

http://www.planetcake.com.au/images/home/tall_cake-w360.jpg

http://weddings.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Amazing_Wedding_Cakes

indydebi Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 2:21pm
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I would absolutely KILL for the chance to do a cake this big!!!! party.gif

Sheet cakes? Oh puh-SHAW!!! Let's do this baby up RIGHT! Make it grand and tall and the greatest centerpiece a reception ever had!!!

Some bottom tiers you could double-double layer. Example a base that is 4 layers (8" tall) of 20x20 (four 10" squares pushed together ... saw this in an older wilton book) would serve 400 (cut in 1x2x4 would be 10 rows by 20 columns = 200 per layer x 2 layers. Each layer is a 2-layer cake with cardboard between each 4").

Then add upper tiers to total another 200 and wham bam you're set. A 16" round would look beautiful centered on this 20x20 base.

As for cutting it ... as a caterer who usually cut 90%+ of her wedding cakes, it's a breeze. A good professional caterer will have no problem. I can cut and serve a cake for 200 in under 15 minutes, so just give me another cake cutting comb, another cake cutter and 2-3 people to manage the plates for us and we are cuttin', servin' and DONE!

I absolutely envy you the opportunity to do a cake like this!!!

Mrs-A Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 9:19pm
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Originally Posted by indydebi

....As for cutting it ... as a caterer who usually cut 90%+ of her wedding cakes, it's a breeze....




thumbs_up.gif thanks... didnt know that - i was lead to believe its all a drama cutting cake and serving - but then again, maybe because the the function place wanted to charge extra

indydebi Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 9:25pm
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Originally Posted by Mrs-A

Quote:
Originally Posted by indydebi

....As for cutting it ... as a caterer who usually cut 90%+ of her wedding cakes, it's a breeze....



thumbs_up.gif thanks... didnt know that - i was lead to believe its all a drama cutting cake and serving - but then again, maybe because the the function place wanted to charge extra




If her professional caterer makes it sound like it's hard, just have him/her call me. *I'LL* tell 'em how it's done! icon_rolleyes.gif

jenng1482 Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 9:43pm
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I dont think I know 600 people I like well enough to invite to my wedding!

nicki9774 Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 9:46pm
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I would love to do a cake that big too. I get these weddings that they are lucky to have a 100-200 servings and order for 300 or 400 people and what do I do with the extra cake?

I have some ideas that would so be worth it and Hobby Lobby just started clearance for there Home Accents and they have some pieces that would put a cake that big on the map!!!

2winboyz Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 2:17pm
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Wow thanks everyone, especially JanH and indydebi, for taking the time to respond. I love theses ideas and look forward to speaking with the BTB now! Happy New Year to you all!

txnonnie Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 2:52pm
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What a great opportunity. I'm with Indydebi...I'm jealous. Not sure where I would house that much cake while preparing it though.

leahk Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 3:20pm
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Check out Jackie and Heath's wedding cake- that's probably around the right size!
Look up wedding competition cakes- some of those are HUGE! That might help in the idea dep't.
Good luck!

luddroth Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 3:36pm
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Look at the photo gallery of cc member ramacakes. She does it all the time. It's her specialty. She has a special pan that makes one quarter pieces of gigantic layers and then she puts the 4 pieces together before icing. She's a master. Look at her gallery and pm her with questions. She's very helpful, too.

JanH Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 3:42pm
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Originally Posted by luddroth

Look at the photo gallery of cc member ramacakes.




There currently isn't any member with that username. icon_sad.gif

luddroth Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 8:45pm
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Ooh, sorry. It's ramacake. I just checked a photo of hers in my favorites and her profile is active. JanH, I don't know how to post a photo of someone else's in the forum.... maybe you can help?

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