Cake To Feed 1000 ,help

Decorating By lindav76 Updated 3 Dec 2010 , 10:47pm by lindav76

lindav76 Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 3:10am
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hi to all ,i have a cake to feed 1000 , can someone post a pic of how big a cake to feed 1000 is , also i need to know how to build a support base , they have asked me make it tall and leaning . ideas are welcome .i have an idea of how i would build the stand but kind of unsure , all ideas are welcome thank you

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Loucinda Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 3:23am
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I just turned down an order that would serve 4,000 - I just don't have the capability to that kind of numbers. Good luck with your 1,000!

KoryAK Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 5:32am
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What do you mean by tall and leaning? tospy turvy?

Corrie76 Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 6:07am
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Woah, that's a lot of cake. Your question intrigued me and I took a quick detour through google and found a site called Asian Wedding Cakes. if you scroll half way down the home screen you will see pictures of a wedding cake done to serve 1000 guests. It's a 5 tier flanked on both sides with 3tier cakes - the square layers looked real big! Good luck with this order, I'm not sure I could handle one that big!!!here's the address:
http://www.asianweddingcakes.co.uk/index.php?mod=left&id=52

SwtCanuck Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 7:00am
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I have made cake for 1000 but they just wanted it all flat (easier to cut for them) I used plywood as my base for it. And another word to the wise... make sure the board will fit through your shop door! Have fun!

indydebi Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 12:35pm
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If you had a 36x36 base (four 18" square cakes pushed together), 2-layers tall, this would serve 648 (cake cut in 18 rows by 36 columns).

A 6/8/10/12/14/16 round cake serves 306. (total so far ..... 954)

The rounds could be placed on top of the square cake base with LOTS of space for flowers or other decors.

there are lots of really big cakes in many of old hardback wilton books from the 80's.

I envy you this job!!

lindav76 Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 4:32pm
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thanks debi i was hopeing you would shed some light on me ...love you ,by leaning she means all round tiers ...well this is what i had in mind correct me if im wrong ,please .start with ( double layers ) 20 inch and up 18,16,14,12,10,8,6 . on a round plywood board with a long screw (very long) and the top tiers would sit on styrofoam to give the effect of the top tiers tiping over how would i do that ?
the theme is mardi gras and her colors are lime green with turquoise .some ideas also on how to match these two colors would be appreciated ,im afraid i would run out of ideas due to the lack of color choices,.....thanks in advance

LindaF144a Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 4:52pm
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Your description sounds stunning. Please be sure to post photos.

I am not going to second guess Debbie. She has all the experience and I have none.

But I was also thinking how about a nice large looking to get the look they want and then some sheet cakes in the kitchen to feed the rest. I am just throwing it out there in case the design cannot handle a cake for 1,000 people. You can make a cake to feed about half to two thirds instead of 1,000.

indydebi Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 5:22pm
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Oh, and another important thing to find out ..... did they INVITE 1000 or are they EXPECTING 1000?

big difference.

lindav76 Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 5:29pm
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they were expecting 800 but the lady wanted to have some for next day because since she will be very busy more than likely she wont even get to taste it that day...

mayo2222 Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 5:42pm
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Originally Posted by lindav76

they were expecting 800 but the lady wanted to have some for next day because since she will be very busy more than likely she wont even get to taste it that day...




Wow she really must love cake if shes getting 200 servings extra for herself the next day

what_a_cake Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 5:49pm
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WOW, with a cake that big won't you consider buying cake stackers?
http://www.cakestackers.com/cake-supports.html

cownsj Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 6:00pm
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WOW, with a cake that big won't you consider buying cake stackers?
http://www.cakestackers.com/cake-supports.html




I remember when these stands first came out. I was so impressed, then when my computer crashed I lost all my cake sites and info. I'm so glad you posted this again. Thank you.

indydebi Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 2:38am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

If you had a 36x36 base (four 18" square cakes pushed together), 2-layers tall, this would serve 648 (cake cut in 18 rows by 36 columns).

A 6/8/10/12/14/16 round cake serves 306. (total so far ..... 954)



Add'l info.....

18" round serves 146. So 306 + 146 = 452.

A 20" round serves about 175 ..... +452 = 627. (anyone ... my 20" serving number is a guestimate. If you have an 'accurate' number, please jump in here.)

If you pushed four 10" 2-layer squares together, that would give you a 20x20 square base. cut in 20 rows by 10 columns = 200 more servings .... you're up to 827.

Push four 12" squares together = 24x24. cut in 24 rows by 12 columns = 288 servings + 627 = 915 servings.

Needless to say, I'd assemble on site! icon_biggrin.gif And I'd definitely invest in SPS, even if it's NOT being transported assembled!!

Oh ... and take a ladder to do the final assembly!!

Here are some ebay'd wilton books with large cakes:
http://cgi.ebay.com/WILTON-WEDDING-CAKE-ALBUM-1989-PATTERNS-RECIPES-MORE-/250727572041?pt=US_Nonfiction_Book&hash=item3a60872249


The yellow book in this batch has LOTS Of larger cakes:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Lot-WILTON-Cake-Decorating-Books-WEDDING-YRBKS-/260694183709?pt=US_Nonfiction_Book&hash=item3cb2958f1d

Here's the yellow one by itself

http://cgi.ebay.com/1989-HC-Wilton-Celebrate-Wedding-Cakes-Cookbook-Ideas-/350414556277?pt=US_Nonfiction_Book&hash=item519655cc75

You may not like the styles of the cakes, but it can give you some construction and size/shape ideas.

Annabakescakes Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 2:54am
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Originally Posted by mayo2222

Quote:
Originally Posted by lindav76

they were expecting 800 but the lady wanted to have some for next day because since she will be very busy more than likely she wont even get to taste it that day...



Wow she really must love cake if shes getting 200 servings extra for herself the next day




LOL! Really, LOL!

caymancake Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 3:00am
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I agree with LindaF144 - do a nice cake - large enough to be stunning, and then do some large sheet cakes for the kitchen. If the customer is expecting 800, then I would probably do something that feeds that amount because I don't know what she would do with 200 extra servings! Then again, if she is willing to pay for the 200 extra servings - knock yourself out icon_smile.gif.

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Originally Posted by LindaF144

Your description sounds stunning. Please be sure to post photos.

I am not going to second guess Debbie. She has all the experience and I have none.

But I was also thinking how about a nice large looking to get the look they want and then some sheet cakes in the kitchen to feed the rest. I am just throwing it out there in case the design cannot handle a cake for 1,000 people. You can make a cake to feed about half to two thirds instead of 1,000.


Annabakescakes Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 3:16am
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Also, what about every other tier a 6 inch tier? Or the bottom tier being a circle of smaller cakes, with one in the middle? You know what I mean? It is hard to explain! I think the way it works out is you put 6 cakes in a big circle and the last one fits in the middle. If you used a 12", it would be 36" across. It would add 392 servings. That would be 1019 under the 20"......but it would look funny...... Sorry, But maybe you could use the basic idea but come up with something that would actually look good. Sorry.

carmijok Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 4:28am
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I'm a little concerned. I saw your pictures and you do very lovely work...but I'm not seeing a lot of tiered stacked cakes...and the one topsy turvey cake you did was smaller and you said how difficult it was and called it an almost disaster! This is a HUGE order! My concern is that this is a big departure from what you've done before and a LOT can happen with an order this size!
You're going to have to do a pretty big tiered cake even if you do a lot of sheets because it sounds like that's what the customer wants--a show stopper. Unless you've done a lot of tiered cakes you haven't posted here, then I would encourage you to practice doing some larger stacked cakes and perhaps watching a few tutorials on youtube. Again...you do some very beautiful work...you certainly would have no problem with decorating...but this is one order I'd want to be certain to be on my game and totally prepared to do. I hope you don't think I'm being critical...I do wish you good luck!! thumbs_up.gif

Justbeck101 Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 5:05am
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I had a hard time with lime green and turquoise this week, I came up with this. Though it is a very simple design and not marti gras. Sorry it is so big, I am not sure how to make it smaller. The bow is actually really turquoise, but you can't really tell in the picture.


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lindav76 Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 5:46am
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can i get some links to a pic , her colors are lime green and turquoise i kind of figured it out on the structure and the support ,i know i dont have the experiance ,i will never know if im able to do this if i dont try .i wont shy away and let this opportunity slip by .maybe there wont be another time .... it will be assembled in a strong base on site .i will bring a ladder.(jiji) i will be able to pull it off .
so much cake any ideas on cake flavors and fillings ,she left it up to me .this is for a 15 birthday. 1000 serving , crystals ,and mardi gras masks thanks

ThePurpleButterfly Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 6:14am
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I agree with the idea to have sheet cakes set up in the back and have like 4-5 tiers for display. No one will know the difference.

CWR41 Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 9:20am
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Keep in mind, when using very large diameter tiers, they really should be at least 6" tall to look sturdy and proportionate as a base tier. If it's massive, it won't appear too short and squatty under all those other tiers.

You can fulfill a greater amount of required servings in those huge base tiers (if they are cut correctly). For example, if a
20" round serves 188 (4" tall), it would serve 282 (6" tall),
22" round serves 228 (4" tall), it would serve 342 (6" tall),
24" round serves 272 (4" tall), it would serve 408 (6" tall),
26" round serves 320 (4" tall), it would serve 480 (6" tall),
28" round serves 372 (4" tall), it would serve 558 (6" tall),
30" round serves 428 (4" tall), it would serve 642 (6" tall).

roweeena Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 9:50am
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Honestly... Who knows 1000 people for a 15th birthday party? I know there are business functions who call for that many but 1000 people at a birthday party is just crazy.

I hope you are charging accordingly because if they can afford to feed 1000 people they better be paying you right!

Sorry this is no help to you at all! Sorry!

indydebi Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 10:18am
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omg, this is a BIRTHDAY party for a KID!!!!!?????? icon_surprised.gif How did I miss that!!!????

Geesh, I've lived in TOWNS that didn't have 1000 people in them!

Is this a quince?

noahsmummy Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 11:01am
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whoa! good luck! be sure to post pics when you are done!

Evoir Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 11:08am
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My 2 cents - I would invest in SPS or the (earlier linked) cake support system. If you are being paid $3000 - $5000 for this cake, you can afford to buy a decent support system! And I would practice with several more tiered cakes before attempting this big one...you will be astounded how heavy even three tiers of cake is! You may have to organise well in advance transportation and delivery assistance - not just a ladder either.

Theme-wise, I think its pretty self-explanatory. Lime, turquoise and mardi gras. Google is your friend.

Good luck and please post pictures!!

Bluehue Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 12:08pm
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1000 people - for a 15th icon_surprised.gif

Just trying to think... at the age of 55 - do i know 1000 people icon_confused.gif

Nope

Does anyone know 1000 people ............... honestly?
if you do - what are all their names icon_wink.gif

I'll let Deb give you serving ammounts for this cake thumbs_up.gif

Blue steps back to finish her 125 cookies - lollll


Bluehue

cabecakes Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 12:22pm
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I will agree with Evoir about not under-estimating the weight of cake. The 4 tier I did for my step-daughters wedding was unbelievably heavy. I stacked on location, but let me tell you...there is no way I could have lifted that cake even with help, and I am accustomed to toting around 50 pound bags of dog food on my shoulder for my labs.

GI Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 1:21pm
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My friend had a quintc. for her daughter....let me tell you...there were 5 families who PAYED for her HUGE cake alone! These families come out of NOWHERE to these parties!!!

Its like a community event in itself!! Ice sculptures, carved table decorations, beautiful ball gowns, tuxedox on the boys, flowers everywhere....very elaborate set up. The cake was a MASTERPIECE and they had FOUR ladies cutting on it!!! FOUR! I was amazed!

Yes, they invited even extensions-of-extended familiy! There were just a handful of friends...I was one of the lucky ones!

It was amazing!

Good luck on this!!!! Do post pix! icon_biggrin.gif

indydebi Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 6:06pm
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Originally Posted by cabecakes

I will agree with Evoir about not under-estimating the weight of cake. The 4 tier I did for my step-daughters wedding was unbelievably heavy. I stacked on location, but let me tell you...there is no way I could have lifted that cake even with help, and I am accustomed to toting around 50 pound bags of dog food on my shoulder for my labs.


To give you a for-instance, I made a 28x22 2-layer sheet (four 14x22's). Served over 300. Thank GOD one of my brides happened by the shop and volunteered to go with me to deliver this or I would have been royally screwed!!!! I could not lift it. I could get it from the counter down to my rolling cart .... i got it out to the van ... couldn't lift it up into the van.

So yeah ...... they're HEAVY. take a couple of strong good 'ole boys with ya!

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