Sheet Cakes For 400... Omg!

Decorating By sleeper713 Updated 22 Jun 2010 , 7:54pm by indydebi

sleeper713 Posted 17 Jun 2010 , 12:24pm
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What did I get myself into? I've got an order for graduation sheet cakes that need to serve 400 people. I'm using 12x18x2 inch pans... how many of these do I need? I've searched various serving charts, and so far it looks like I'll need 8 if you figure 2x2x2 inch pieces. That seems like a lot of cake, but I don't want them to be short. To those with more experience than myself, does that seem about right? Thanks in advance!

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leah_s Posted 17 Jun 2010 , 12:34pm
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You've done the math correctly.

leah_s Posted 17 Jun 2010 , 12:36pm
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If transporting 8 1/2 sheets is going to be an issue, you can do a regular 4" tall sheet which serves 108 (1 X 2 X 4). You'll bake the same amount, but only have 4 boxes to transport.

sleeper713 Posted 17 Jun 2010 , 12:48pm
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Thanks leah_s! Great idea about 4 2-layer cakes, that'll help tremendously.

JGMB Posted 17 Jun 2010 , 12:53pm
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I'm almost right there with you! icon_lol.gif I have to do cakes for 300 for our pastor's farewell this Sunday. I had to do something similar in October and found that the 4" tall cakes was the way to go. Good luck to you!!

indydebi Posted 17 Jun 2010 , 1:48pm
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for double layer cakes of that size, be sure to use 3 or 4 cardboards under them or a masonite board......soemthing really strong.

leily Posted 17 Jun 2010 , 3:14pm
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Also make sure that whoever cuts it is cutting 1x2 piece instead of 2x2 icon_smile.gif Then you'll get the right amount of servings out of it.

Rog2e Posted 20 Jun 2010 , 2:32am
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If you need some masonite boards click the link in my signature. If you send them a message they will work with you on what you need. As of right now they only have circles listed.

matthewkyrankelly Posted 20 Jun 2010 , 2:40am
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I am doing the same thing. Double layers for 300. Kitchen cakes for a wedding. Foam core works perfectly for these. I use it all of the time. Cardboard tends to buckle along those lines. It has a weak direction. Never a problem with foamcore. Get it at Walmart or Michael's etc.

JGMB Posted 20 Jun 2010 , 8:04pm
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Well, my cakes for 300 have been baked and served!!! Not as many people showed up as expected, so we only went thru 1 1/2 of the 3 cakes. We wrapped the rest and stuck it in the church freezer to serve next week. I'm glad it's over. icon_smile.gif

KayMc Posted 20 Jun 2010 , 8:19pm
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Pictures! Do you have any pictures to show us???? thumbs_up.gif

JGMB Posted 20 Jun 2010 , 9:12pm
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I don't have any pics of the sheetcakes and, honestly, they weren't worth photographing! They were just huge, 2-layer, frosted white. I didn't even bother to smooth them -- I figured that everyone was going to get a little 1x2" piece and wouldn't notice if it was smooth or not.

However, I do have a photo of the centerpiece cake that was for show, then the guest of honor got to take it home. The theme was sailing.
LL

VS8894 Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 6:30pm
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I am doing sheet cakes for 300 also this Saturday. I was going to do one layer 12x18 or two 11x15 side by side so that I could do several different flavors. The main cake I was going to do two one layer 12x18 cakes. Does anyone know the servings for one layer sheet cakes? Trying to figure out how many I will need

JGMB Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 6:36pm
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Here's the Wilton cutting guide. That might help you.

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/cake-cutting-guides/party-cake-cutting-guide.cfm

indydebi Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 7:54pm
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Originally Posted by VS8894

I am doing sheet cakes for 300 also this Saturday. I was going to do one layer 12x18 or two 11x15 side by side so that I could do several different flavors. The main cake I was going to do two one layer 12x18 cakes. Does anyone know the servings for one layer sheet cakes? Trying to figure out how many I will need




See Debi and Leahs "do the math" posts on this thread: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-676327-12x18.html+servings Once you can "do the math", you never need a chart again! thumbs_up.gif

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