ashleyj Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 2:39am
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For a 3-tiered wedding cake are you supposed to use pan sizes that are 2 or 4 inches apart between the tiers? For example, I was going to do a 12x2, 10x2, and 8x2 but most of my books have 14x2, 10x2, 6x2. Is 2 inches enough room between each tier? A 6 inch cake for the top tier seems too small. Just wondering what most of you do for wedding cakes.
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leily Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 2:46am
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it all depends on the look you're going for, any additional decorations you need to place around each cake, and how many servings you need.

There is no right or wrong way. Although people do have preferences. Some prefer a 2" difference and others prefer a 3"or4" difference for looks. But in the end it really comes down to servings and design.

raquel1 Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 2:53am
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For a 3-tiered wedding cake are you supposed to use pan sizes that are 2 or 4 inches apart between the tiers? For example, I was going to do a 12x2, 10x2, and 8x2 but most of my books have 14x2, 10x2, 6x2. Is 2 inches enough room between each tier? A 6 inch cake for the top tier seems too small. Just wondering what most of you do for wedding cakes.
Thank You!




When you have a 4" difference the scale just looks better. The last time a bride insisted on 14, 12, 10, 8, the top tier just looked too big. Just doing the top in a 6" would have looked soo much better imho, but she loved it icon_biggrin.gif

audrey0522 Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 2:54am
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I would look at some of the pictures on CC and see what look you prefer. A 2 inch difference only gives 1 inch around each tier to decorate vs. 2 inches. For some cakes it looks fine. To me it looks more like a tower. For me personally I prefer the look of a 4 inch difference. 6 inch actually looks fine as the top tier of a wedding cake in my opinion anyway.

leah_s Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 4:10am
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A 6" top tier is the industry standard. It's what commercial toppers are sized for and what a florist will expect if making a floral topper. My fav is to use 3" differences. 6/9/12 looks nice!

ashleyj Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 4:27am
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These comments and suggestions are great. Thanks guys!

linnod Posted 17 Jun 2013 , 2:29pm
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If you are doing a 6,9,12 what would you do for the bottom if you were doing 4 tier. What do you think are the sizes of this cake? 

http://pinterest.com/pin/152066924891062956/

leah_s Posted 17 Jun 2013 , 2:52pm
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I do a 15".  I've done a bunch of them.  Serves 185  Great size for many weddings.

auntginn Posted 17 Jun 2013 , 5:43pm
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IMH the 3-4 inch difference looks better, the 2 inch between tiers give a tower effect, but some designs such as the floating rose work better with less separation.

kakeladi Posted 17 Jun 2013 , 6:44pm

It really is a personal thing as to which looks better.  I definately go for the 4" difference - 14, 10, 6 etc.

matthewkyrankelly Posted 17 Jun 2013 , 6:58pm

You can always stack your pans upside down to get an impression of the scale.

linnod Posted 20 Jun 2013 , 2:48am

6,9,12,15 serves 185 people?

CWR41 Posted 20 Jun 2013 , 3:28am
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6,9,12,15 serves 185 people?


6,9,12 = 100 + 15" (88) = 188.

http://shinymetalobjects.net/cake/calculator/cakulator.cgi?group_round=15&option=3&option=Select+Cakulator&servingSize=Continue&serving_width=1&serving_length=2&serving_height=4&calculate=Calculate!&.cgifields=group_sheet&.cgifields=group_square&.cgifields=group_round

leah_s Posted 20 Jun 2013 , 3:53am

185, 188, close enough.

CWR41 Posted 20 Jun 2013 , 5:55am
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185, 188, close enough.


Yes, it is.  I responded because the question sounded to me like it was unbelievable.

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