First Wedding Cake Question

Decorating By KristiH Updated 18 May 2010 , 5:35pm by KristiH

KristiH Posted 18 May 2010 , 1:24pm
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Hi. I am a hobbiest baker/cake decorator, I do cakes for fun for family and friends, and I have been asked to make my first wedding cake. I am excited but a little nervous!

I need to make a 3 tier wedding cake for 60 people. My question is, what size rounds should I use? I am thinking a 12 inch, 8 inch and 4 inch is going to be too much cake for 60, but that a 10 inch, 8 inch, 6 inch won't be enough (and they are keeping the top tier for their anniversary)? What would you do? Thanks for all help!

The cake is going to be pretty simple, just white buttercream with a ribbon border on each tier, and she wants silk hydrangeas on the top and a few scattered on the sides.

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luvbuttercream Posted 18 May 2010 , 1:34pm
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12, 9 and 6 serves approx 70 without pieces being tiny as well as without the top tier. Check out the link below I use this chart a fair bit.

http://www.baking911.com/cakes/numberofservings_guide.htm

dinascakes Posted 18 May 2010 , 1:45pm
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I guess it depends on what sizing chart you're looking at but I think I would do a 12/10/6 inch. You would definitely get 60 slices or more from the 12 and 10 and then they could keep the 6 inch. HTH

leily Posted 18 May 2010 , 2:01pm
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I always use the Wilton wedding chart. It uses the industry standard of 1x2x4 servings.

http://www.wilton.com/wedding/wedding-cakes/wedding-cake-data.cfm

If you do a 10-8-6, only serving the 10-8 you'll have 63 servings.
If you do a 12-10-6, only serving the 12-10 you'll have 94 servings

If you want to be able to have quite a few more servings I would suggest a 12-9-6, serving the 12-9 you'll have 88 servings.

leah_s Posted 18 May 2010 , 2:41pm
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I would keep it symmetrical with the 6/8/10 or 6/9/12.

If this was for a paying customer, I'd sell them the 6/8/10.

KristiH Posted 18 May 2010 , 5:35pm
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Thank you all so much for your help! I really appreciate it!

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