What Size Cake Do I Need To Feed 40 People? Help

Decorating By megg5 Updated 26 Oct 2010 , 2:52pm by cakesbycathy

megg5 Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 4:36pm
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This is my first paying customer and i want to make sure i have enough cake for everyone. It is for a birthday party with 40 guests. She wants two tiers. SO i was thinking about a 10 and 8 inch round. each tier 4inch high! How many slices will that give me? Please help!

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brincess_b Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 4:59pm
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48 party servings according to wilton http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-party-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm
(62 wedding - a 10 on its own gives 3icon_cool.gif. depends how big she wants the slices.

ibmoser Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 5:03pm
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There are numerous serving charts on the net. Check out


for a good one. According to Earlene's chart, a two-tier (8" and 10") will serve 45, so that is right in your ballpark with just a little extra for your peace of mind.

ETA - looks like we were posting at the same time. As you can see, there are differences in the serving guesstimations of different charts. Earlene's is more generous in serving size, so take that into consideration when pricing your work.

jlh Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 5:07pm
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Just beware who is serving the cake. Some folks slice big. Congrats on your first paying cake!!

megg5 Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 7:04pm
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THank you!!!! I will post pictures!!

CWR41 Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 7:08pm
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According to the Wilton wedding chart:

A 9" x 6" would serve 44.

brincess_b Posted 26 Oct 2010 , 2:30pm
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Originally Posted by jlh

Just beware who is serving the cake. Some folks slice big. Congrats on your first paying cake!!

doesn't matter who is serving it's still designed to serve however many the chosen chart says. If the customer wants bigger slices, she orders more cake.

cakesbycathy Posted 26 Oct 2010 , 2:52pm
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Agreed. IMO non-cakers cut slices bigger than the industry standard basically because we just super-size everything icon_rolleyes.gif

Give the client a frame a reference. I tell my clients that the cake is designed to serve xx number of people and that a slice is about the same size as a folded over peanut butter sandwich (I got that from Indydebi). If they want larger slices they need to order and pay for a bigger cake.

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