Do I Have The Sizes Right? (6-Tier Square/round Cake)

Decorating By designer3941 Updated 24 Jul 2010 , 12:50am by designer3941

designer3941 Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 12:52am
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I am working the details of my largest cake order yet. A little intimidated by the size and alternating shapes.
The size & look is similar to this Pink Cake Box Cake:
http://blog.pinkcakebox.com/bows-and-bling-wedding-cake-2010-03-06.htm

For all you wedding cake experts, can you help me by confirming whether or not I have the tier/pan sizes correct?

6" Round
8" Square
12" Round
14" Square
22" Round
24" Square

Thanks in advance!!

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iamcakin Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 12:58am
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How many people do you want to serve?

designer3941 Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 1:07am
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Good question! I forgot that important detail....at least 300. icon_smile.gif

indydebi Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 1:16am
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Originally Posted by designer3941

Good question! I forgot that important detail....at least 300. icon_smile.gif


The 24" square will practically serve that by itself! icon_lol.gif

(24" square, when cut in 1x2x4" pieces, means the cake will be cut in 12 rows by 24 columns. 12 x 24 = 288.)

14" square serves another 98 (14 rows by 7 columns).
12round serves 56; 8 square serves 32; 6round serves 12

sub total so far: 288 + 98 + 56+32+12 = 486 servings.

And I haven't even counted the 22" round because my chart doesnt' go that high, but I would guess it serves at least 150.

I don't think you're going to run out of cake! icon_lol.gif

As far as the sizes, I think you'll be ok and wont' have any of the (square cakes') corners hanging over the sides of the round cakes. If you have these size pans, you might stack them up to make sure.

I'm assuming you're making the 24" square base by baking 8 of the 12" squares, right? (four 2-layer 12" square cakes pushed together to make one 24" square).

Cindy619 Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 1:21am
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If you don't want to make enough cake to feed a small army, you might want to think about making the bottom couple of tiers out of cake dummies. icon_wink.gif

designer3941 Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 11:13am
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Thanks everyone!

Yes, a huge amount of cake! I've suggested to the bride's Mom that we do incorporate a cake dummy....they are all about the look of the cake and not the fact that it is a unbelieveable amount of cake!

Do you guys think the Pink Cake Box example is using the sized I noted or something a bit smaller?

I appreciate all your insight! icon_biggrin.gif

Cakechick123 Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 11:51am
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I would do the bottom cake as a dummy.

Are you doing it in BC or fondant? If fondant, do you actuall have a big enough surface to roll fondant out? it will have to be 24+4+4 = 32" square (at least) to cover a cake that large

leah_s Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 2:03pm
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To compute the correct size for a square that's on top of a round without hanging over, multiply the side of the square by 1.3. That equals (close enough for cake) the diagonal of the square.

14" square - 14 X 1.3 = 18.2 That means the 14" square will sit pretty comfortably on an 18" round.


8" square - 8 X 1.3 = 10.4 That means the 8" square will sit pretty comfortably on an 11" round.

So your sizing is good. But the amount of cake will feed the U S Army.

Katiebelle74 Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 2:17pm
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leah that's a great math formula to know!!!! So glad you posted it.

Katiebelle74 Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 2:20pm
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leah that's a great math formula to know!!!! So glad you posted it.

CWR41 Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 4:10pm
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Originally Posted by indydebi

And I haven't even counted the 22" round because my chart doesnt' go that high, but I would guess it serves at least 150.




The chart I use shows a 2-layer 22" round serves 228, and a 3-layer 22" round serves 342.

BakedAlaska Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 10:29pm
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To me, it seems like the size look more like:
6", 6", 8", 10", 13", 16"

The two top tiers are the same, just one is a square....

I'm just looking at the length of those knives next to it on the table. Unless they are about a foot long each, or more, I don't think that bottom base is 24" square....

designer3941 Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 11:54pm
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Thanks so much everyone! Great info!

Now I have figure out where to buy a 22" pan! icon_biggrin.gif

indydebi Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 12:20am
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Originally Posted by designer3941

Thanks so much everyone! Great info!

Now I have figure out where to buy a 22" pan! icon_biggrin.gif


you better make sure your oven is that big first! icon_biggrin.gif

sweet_honesty Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 12:27am
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Won't a 14 inch square on an 18 inch round still have a noticeable overhang??? The diagonal of a 14 inch square is closer to 20.

Kitagrl Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 12:35am
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I'm thinking 16"/12"/10"/8"/6"/6"

designer3941 Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 1:09am
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I got a few of my cake dummies out and I think you guys are right on the sizes. They are far more manageable too....and they won't have cake coming out of the wazoo!! icon_lol.gif

Whew! Thanks all!

dguerrant Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 2:58am
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here is what i came up with. 6"/6"/8"/10"/14"/16" or i really think the top is 4" instead, there is more room for the bow on the corner and all the others the same as above.

i took some pics of some stacked dummies and pans to figure it out. however i cannot get them to attach, check out my photos to see them.

dguerrant Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 3:06am
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i forgot to add that based on the measurements excluding the top, the cake with the measurements i posted above will serve 298. I usually cut the top one and have another one for the bride's anniversary cake already boxed and wrapped with freezing directions included, so the top tier will add a few more servings.

CWR41 Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 5:29am
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Originally Posted by dianaguerrant

i took some pics of some stacked dummies and pans to figure it out. however i cannot get them to attach, check out my photos to see them.




Your photos may get deleted before anyone gets a chance to view them. Photos that are not of "decorated cakes" are not allowed. Just a heads up... you might want to link them to a photobucket account.

dguerrant Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 1:52pm
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thanks, i cann't figure out how to reduce the pixal size on my phone or camera in order to attach them, and i didn't even think about it not being cake, that's what i get for trying to be helpful i guess icon_sad.gif

designer3941 Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 12:50am
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Thanks dianaguerrant! I checked out the visual you posted, a great help!

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