What Size Pans For 175 Servings

Decorating By Bubbl3h3ad Updated 12 Nov 2010 , 6:06am by Bubbl3h3ad

Bubbl3h3ad Posted 10 Nov 2010 , 4:21am
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I am making a square wedding cake and it needs to serve at least 175 people. The couple wants to keep the top tier (minus 18 servings) and I am not sure what size pans to use. I have the wilton cake chart and Earlines chart so I am not exactly looking for that. I am trying to picture what the cake would look like with certain pans. I would rather it be taller than fatter if that makes sense. If anyone has any pictures it would be much appreciated as I am a visual person! TIA!

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CWR41 Posted 10 Nov 2010 , 5:26am
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Originally Posted by Bubbl3h3ad

I am making a square wedding cake and it needs to serve at least 175 people. The couple wants to keep the top tier (minus 18 servings) and I am not sure what size pans to use.




16x10x6 squares would serve 178 not including the top tier. You could stack your pans (or dummies) to get a visual.

Bubbl3h3ad Posted 12 Nov 2010 , 3:12am
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Hmmm, I kind of wanted it to be taller rather than wider... even if I have to add an extra tier.

CWR41 Posted 12 Nov 2010 , 3:23am
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14x12x6 squares would serve 170 not including the top tier. If this isn't close enough to the 175 they want, they might need to order a larger cake.

leah_s Posted 12 Nov 2010 , 3:41am
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Round 6/9/12/15 = 185 using the top tier. I do that size a lot.

Bubbl3h3ad Posted 12 Nov 2010 , 3:48am
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But I need square... she doesn't want round. Unfortunately thumbsdown.gif

cakeandpartygirl Posted 12 Nov 2010 , 4:19am
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do a 6, 8 in height 8, 10, and 12... that'll give you 186.

pmarks0 Posted 12 Nov 2010 , 4:20am
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What about something like a 6/8/10/12/14 ? According to Earlene's chart, not counting the top tier, that will give you 208 pieces. To get the look you want, you may have to sell the bride on a few more pieces.

leah_s Posted 12 Nov 2010 , 4:23am
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Step away from Earlene's chart. It will cause you to quote higher per servings prices making you non-competitive or cause you to give away free cake, making you non-profitable.

Always, always use the Wilton Wedding chart.

CWR41 Posted 12 Nov 2010 , 4:30am
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What bride wouldn't want a 5-tier cake for the same price as a 3-tier cake? I certainly wouldn't be thrilled about doing extra work for no extra pay, or giving away extra servings.

pmarks0 Posted 12 Nov 2010 , 4:36am
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I only went with Earlene's chart because the OP had mentioned it, but it was totally confusing for me. icon_smile.gif

I think in order to get the height you want, you should consider doing a dummy layer. Why not still a 6/8/10/12/14 but the 12 is a dummy layer. The the 6" doesn't count, but with Wilton pieces, you get 180 pieces from the 8 (32), the 10 (50) and the 14(98 ).

You still have to make sure you charge though for decorating 5 tier cake, not just charge for 180 pieces. Is it you or the bride that wants the height? Otherwise just make it a 4 tier 6/8/10/14.

Bubbl3h3ad Posted 12 Nov 2010 , 5:38am
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Ok, I am going to go with the 6, 8, 10, 14. I don't necessarily need it to be tall, I just don't want it to be wider than it it tall icon_razz.gif
She gave me a picture and it is a beautiful cake, I just think it would be either too much or not enough servings. Wish it was round.

CWR41 Posted 12 Nov 2010 , 6:05am
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That sounds like a nice set up that would look proportionate.

Bubbl3h3ad Posted 12 Nov 2010 , 6:06am
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Yes, thank you so much everyone who replied icon_smile.gif

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