## What Would You Recommend Making For A 3-Tiered Cake To...

By mom2spunkynbug Updated 27 Aug 2010 , 2:47pm by erincc

mom2spunkynbug Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 3:18am
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serve 40? I usually go by the Wilton party chart...but a customer wants a 3-tiered, square shaped cakes to serve 40 & I can't seem to come up with a close enough combination

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Unlimited Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 5:20am
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4" x 6" x 8" squares... your party chart shows 32 servings for the 6" & 8", add a 4" for the additional 8 servings that are 1" x 2" (x 4" height).

mom2spunkynbug Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 11:33am
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How am I going to get 8 servings out of a 4" cake? It's still early in the morning (& I am not a morning person!)...but wouldn't the cake servings have to be 1/2" by 2"? I don't think I can get 8 servings out of a 4" square.

brincess_b Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 12:12pm
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Think of how you would divide up the square - 2 Colima, 4 rows = 8 slices. Although small cakes are a 'challenge' to decorate - rounds are bad enough! So maybe better to encourage them towards something with a bigger top tier.
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tmac670 Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 12:55pm
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They may just have to purchase more cake than they need to get the look that they want. Sometimes it just works out that way.

The 8 inch serves 32, the 6 inch serves 18 and let's just say the 4 inch serves 4- that is 54 servings-- and not that far off from the number of servings that they want- and they get the number of tiers they are looking for.

Just make sure you charge them for 54 servings.

Unlimited Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 2:17pm
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Originally Posted by mom2spunkynbug

How am I going to get 8 servings out of a 4" cake? It's still early in the morning (& I am not a morning person!)...but wouldn't the cake servings have to be 1/2" by 2"? I don't think I can get 8 servings out of a 4" square.

I already did the math for you... "add a 4" for the additional 8 servings that are 1" x 2" (x 4" height)". (yes, this is a wedding-size portion opposed to the party-size portion of 1.5" x 2" x 4"--close enough, unless you decide to go with larger cake sizes that serve more, you aren't going to get only 40 servings in three tiers. A 6x7x8 = 48 party servings... have you considered this size?)

cai0311 Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 2:22pm
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Will they consider a fake tier?

I have a wedding cake this weekend and the couple needs to serve 30 people but wanted a 3 tier cake. Their cake is a 10" real cake tier, 8" dummy cake tier, and a 6" real cake tier (6" will be saved for 1 yr anniversary).

I like doing fake tiers because the cake isn't as heavy to carry and support is much easier.

love2makecakes Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 2:24pm
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like another poster mentioned. they may have to just buy more cake to get look they are wanting. i personally have a minimum cake size. i will not do a cake smaller than 6" because it sucks to decorate. what would happen if they want a 3 tier cake and only feed 25 servings? same thing, it is not possible to do that small of a cake.

aswartzw Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 2:39pm
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I would do the 4-6-8 combo. I personally love doing 4" cakes. Maybe I'm weird but the top tier of my own wedding cake was a 4" and I found it insanely easy.

Plus if you do fondant, just piece the fondant together and it will be super smooth.

Also, a 4" square is 16" in area so you can get 8 slices of the 1"x2" wedding slice out of it. (8x2=16)

erincc Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 2:47pm
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I'd tell them they either need to do 2 tiers or order more cake than they need. Or do a dummy tier, but make sure to charge for that.