WEDDING CAKE vs. PARTY CAKE- is it a different serving chart

Decorating By obabassa Updated 22 May 2014 , 2:58am by Smckinney07

obabassa Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 7:23pm
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I keep looking for a serving chart for Birthday cakes. Is it the same as for wedding cakes?
I have never seen anyone at a party cut a 2in x 1in slice of cake like the wedding cake charts count as a serving.
So how do you figure the servings for party/birthday cakes vs. Wedding cakes?

19 replies
TexasSugar Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 7:26pm
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First is wedding serving sizes, second is party serving sizes.

Personally for me it doesn't matter what the cake is for I just use the wedding numbers it keeps me from having to keep up with two charts. If you are selling cakes by the servings then you lose money on party servings unless you have two seperate serving prices.

cakesbycathy Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 7:28pm
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Wilton has two serving charts - one for "party" cakes and one for weddings.

Are you looking for a chart to determine pricing or because you want to know how many slices you can get out of certain size cakes?

obabassa Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 8:08pm
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Looking for charts to help me determine servings for pricing.

melmar02 Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 8:17pm
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I think Wilton also says the party serving chart is for cakes 3" high or less. I bake all mine at 4" so I just use the wedding chart.

RobynLM Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 8:37pm
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Wilton says a wedding cake is 4" high and a party cake is anywhere from 3"-6" high. They say wedding cake slices are 1" x 2" slices and party cakes are 1.5" x 2" slices (this is from the 2010 yearbook).

cakesbycathy Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 8:44pm
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For pricing purposes your best bet is to go with the Wilton Wedding chart thumbs_up.gif

leily Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 10:15pm
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for pricing purposes, stick to one chart. If you're selling a wedding cake that will be cut at a venue by someone else they will cut most likely cut them in the industry standard of 1x2x4. When selling a cake give the customer a range of servings (from party to wedding) and clarify it depends on how large they cut the pieces. But be clear what your serving sizes are, if they want large pieces then they can order more cake.

obabassa Posted 27 Apr 2010 , 1:31am
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Thank you everyone for your comments. This helps alot.

ladyonzlake Posted 27 Apr 2010 , 1:40am
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I use Wedding serving sizes for all cakes. 2"x1"

prterrell Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 6:01am
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1x2x4 is the serving size of layered cakes. 2x2x2 is the serving size of sheet (single layer) cakes. Does not matter what the occasion is. 8 cubic inches of cake is a lot of cake. If they want to cut bigger pieces, then they need to order more cake.

Mug-a-Bug Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 3:06pm
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I use Earlene's Chart for all my cakes. That way I know there won't be a cake shortage and I don't have to complicate my life or my client's with details.

SweetDelights1 Posted 21 May 2014 , 5:34pm
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When people say 2x1 slices. Does that mean that on a 4 inch high cake you would but a cake board in between each 2inch of cake? So confused. When I make party cakes people have the habit of cutting from the middle out so it makes pie shape pieces that turn out to be big.  Help!!!!

matthewkyrankelly Posted 21 May 2014 , 5:52pm
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This is an old thread.  However, A slice of cake is based on the cake being 4 inches tall.  Then, cut a piece 1 inch wide and 2 inches long.  That is standard.


For a 2inch tall cake, you would cut a 2X2 slice to get the same volume of cake.


There are many discussions on this.  Wilton has a chart on their website that is pretty clear about the size of slices and how to cut a cake.

SweetDelights1 Posted 22 May 2014 , 1:08am
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Thank you! I really appreciate it.  I guess I should be giving a cutting chart to my clients next time ;) lol

AZCouture Posted 22 May 2014 , 2:26am
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AThe cake in your profile pic, where's the board in that one?

SweetDelights1 Posted 22 May 2014 , 2:40am
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AI always only put 1 at the bottom of my cakes. I just thought I was doing something wrong since my pieces are always so big. But now i know the cutting is the issue.

MBalaska Posted 22 May 2014 , 2:52am
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Alaska is about 2 1/2 times bigger than Texas, so that's our excuse for cutting huge pieces of cake.:)

Smckinney07 Posted 22 May 2014 , 2:58am
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ASweet D, typically when building a layer cake each tier is about 4" (or higher). You need a very durable base for your finished stacked cake, but put each tier on their own board (this makes them easier to move around-in and out of the fridge for example and of course for support). Unless I make an extended tier or double barrel I don't use additional boards inside my cakes-basically for every 4" I'll add an extra cake circle. *Again this is how I do it, I'd like to tell you most do the same (some people's standard heights are a bit taller). I suppose you could add additional boards every 2" but it's not necessary.

I always send a cutting chart with my cakes (unless I am familiar with the venue & know they know how to cut a cake). Some people charge by the cake size, rather then per slice-which is basically the same thing. I've also seen people charge x amount per slice for party cakes and x amount per slice for wedding cakes, again basically the same thing.

The two most popular charts that I know of are Wilton's and Earlenes (she uses bigger slices-just charge accordingly).

I have a sample size of cake, cut from styrafoam and simply covered in fondant as an example. If they want bigger slices I reccomend they order a bigger cake. Just pick a chart(s) and stick with it.

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