Odd Sized Square Cake For 200??

Decorating By xinue Updated 4 Sep 2010 , 4:25am by CWR41

xinue Posted 3 Sep 2010 , 5:15pm
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Hello everyone!
I'm making a cake in october for 200 ppl.
The thing is, the bride wants it to be a 4 tiered square, my square pans are odd sized and I'm having a hard time figuring out wich sizes I should use...
Also she wants the tiers to be off centered...

Please help me! I really need this one to be flawless!

thank you!

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chinadoll652003 Posted 3 Sep 2010 , 5:43pm
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I'm not sure what you mean by "odd sized". I have 12" and 8" square pans. I don't consider them odd sized. As for off setting them, that isn't hard to do. If you look in my pictures you will see one of mine that is off set. Maybe it will give you an idea.
What size pans do you have? To my mind you will need four different sizes. There are tons of square cakes here so just do a search and see what you like to give you ideas.

xinue Posted 3 Sep 2010 , 5:59pm
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Hi Chinadoll,
What I ment by odd sized is odd numbers, I have a set of 15, 13, 11, 9, 7 and 5.
The problem with the off center thing is that I recently made one four tiered one with 11, 9, 7, 5 and I could not off center then, since the tiers wher to big.

chinadoll652003 Posted 3 Sep 2010 , 11:38pm
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HI Xinue,

I would say as far as your sizes go I would use your 15, 11, 7, and 5" pans. That will give you the degree of offset that you want. As far as how many people each one will feed I'm not sure.
I know a 16" square will feed 112 people. A 12" sq. will feed 60, a 8" will feed 24, a 6" will feed 12 people. I don't know how many a 5" would feed. Maybe there is someone else on here who can give you more info.
Hope this helps even a little. Good luck!!

KJ62798 Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 12:09am
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You can figure out the servings in a square cake w/basic math--Each serving is 1in x 2in x the height of the cake. Multiply one side's length by half the other side's length to get the # number of servings (the height doesn't factor into the number of cuts you can make)

15 x 7.5 = 112.5 (112 servings)
11 x 5.5= 60.5 (60 servings)
7 x 3.5 = 24.5 (24 servings)
5 x 2.5 = 12.5 (12 servings)

Those 4 tiers would give you 208 servings IF you serve the top 5in tier.


CWR41 Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 12:13am
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You can't put an 11" cake on a 15" because the 11" is 15.56 diagonal so it would hang over beyond the lower 15" tier.

If you cut your 11" cake down to 10" it would fit (14.14 diagonal).

The rest looks good... if you need a visual, stack your pans and see.
I'd make it 15 x 10 x 7 x 5 = 201 servings
(113+50+25+13 = 201)

Keep in mind, they won't have an anniversary tier to freeze if they need to serve the full 201 servings.

xinue Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 3:11am
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

So now the bride calls me and says she does not want the off set thing, I would still use the same size tiers.

Do you think it shows to much if I skip the 13" pan?

Sorry for all the questions, the thing is this cake will make a really big difference in my business if I nail it! I'm pretty nervous and there's still one month left to the wedding day.

CWR41 Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 4:25am
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Originally Posted by xinue

So now the bride calls me and says she does not want the off set thing, I would still use the same size tiers.

Do you think it shows to much if I skip the 13" pan?

If that's the case, you could use 13x11x9x7=212 servings.
make it a 5-tier by adding a 5" (225 servings total)
keep the 4-tier plan, but have a 5" anniversary tier boxed up for them to take home if they don't want the look of an impressive 5-tier cake.

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