## How I Figure Out...

By RoyalD Updated 3 Nov 2010 , 2:21pm by DianeLM

RoyalD Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 5:38pm
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the # of serving for a numbered shaped cake. Its supposed to be an 70 shaped cake for 40 people. Any ideas?

TIA

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tiptop57 Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 8:24pm
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I go with party cut 2-1/2" X 2-1/2" then I draw out the pattern with paper to the size I need and then figure how much cake to bake (such as 1/4, 1/2 full sheet cake) and then shape my work when baked.

HTH

cakes22 Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 8:25pm
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^^^^
I was gonna say that

DianeLM Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 8:52pm
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Hi tiptop. Nice to see you!

I'm not sure I understand your method. How do you determine the size of your pattern? And is there a point where the carved away portion of cake is subtracted from the number of servings?

tiptop57 Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 12:46pm
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Hi DianeLM

I draw out the carved cake by figuring in the size of slices. She had a 7 and a 0 so I would figure 20 slices cut to her specs (2-1/2x2-1/2 or 3x3 etc) per each number. After figuring out how big (using graph paper) I will lay the pattern over my pans to determine which pan best fits my design. (Same with my sculpted cakes) Depending if I am using layers or not as that also chances the dimensions. Then I carve away after baking the cake, usually with very little waste. HTH

DianeLM Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 1:16pm
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I see. Thanks for clarifying.

I think I go about it backward. Or sideways.

I look at the number of servings my pans yield, then make a template to fit the pan, or combination of pans, that yield slightly more than the servings I need, allowing for waste.

Generally, I don't have much waste either. I'll cut up my template into pieces and arrange them like a puzzle on the cake. Cut out. Rearrange cut up cake into the desired shape.

tiptop57 Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 1:33pm
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Just like sewing. Smart!

DianeLM Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 2:21pm
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Really? I know nothing about sewing. If a button falls off, the garment goes in the trash. LOL