Wedding Cake Servings Question

Decorating By Pebbles1727 Updated 28 Jan 2011 , 9:53pm by aligotmatt

Pebbles1727 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 4:29pm
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Hi Everyone,
how do I arrive to about 150 servings for a cake with 3 tiers and for it to still look balanced. I keep looking at my serving chart and cannot figure out what would be the best way. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance, P

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CWR41 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 4:35pm
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How about a 16" x 12" x 8"? The bottom two tiers will serve 156, and they can freeze the top tier for their anniversary.

Pebbles1727 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 4:39pm
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That's what I was thinking, but I cannot really imagine that size cake, it just seems like it will be too wide and not have enough heigth, so it will look odd, no?

CWR41 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 4:49pm
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It's proportionate with 4" between diameters. With any three tier (all 4" high tiers) you aren't going to get any more height unless you add pillars or spacers. IMO, it's better than small diameters only 2" apart that would look too tall or towering because of the more upward angle.

Pebbles1727 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 4:53pm
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Ok, that makes sense. How do you charge for it. Just for servings to be served and just gift the top or charge for total ammount of servings in the entire cake?

CWR41 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 5:35pm
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Originally Posted by Pebbles1727

Ok, that makes sense. How do you charge for it. Just for servings to be served and just gift the top or charge for total ammount of servings in the entire cake?




Personally, I wouldn't give away a free top tier... I'd charge for total servings provided. I'm sure there are many who offer sales, coupons, or incentives that might equal a free top tier, but I wouldn't consider throwing it in for free unless it was for a friend.

Pebbles1727 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 6:42pm
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So, then you'll charge them for 175 servings or so? or how would you reconfigure three tiers to include top tier in 150 servings?

CWR41 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 7:55pm
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Originally Posted by Pebbles1727

So, then you'll charge them for 175 servings or so? or how would you reconfigure three tiers to include top tier in 150 servings?




180 servings. (I wouldn't reconfigure unless the bride wants to serve the 1st anniversary tier at the wedding.)

Pebbles1727 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 7:59pm
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and charge them for 180, even though they asked for a cake for 150? Sorry, I get confused when cakes get this big

indydebi Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 8:33pm
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Originally Posted by Pebbles1727

and charge them for 180, even though they asked for a cake for 150? Sorry, I get confused when cakes get this big



Me: I'd like a bucket of chicken with 5 pcs.
KFC: Sorry, the smallest we sell is 10 pcs in a bucket.
Me: Ok give me that one .... but your'e only going CHARGE me for 5 pcs since that's all I want, right?

Yeah .... THAT'LL work!

An 8/12/16 round serves 24/56/98 = 178.
A 6/10/14 round serves 12/38/78 = 128

Bride needs to decide if she wants a little short or a little extra cake.

Pebbles1727 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 8:45pm
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Ok, let me make sure I understand. When bride asks for a quote for 150 people, you count ENTIRE cake. Do you tell her : "if you choose to keep the top tier, your cut servings will be X. If you want 150 cut servings, then your total cake will have to be X servings."?
Of course, 150 is just an example, I do understand that exact servings will be dictated by sizes of pans.
Thanks, P

indydebi Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 8:48pm
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Originally Posted by Pebbles1727

Ok, let me make sure I understand. When bride asks for a quote for 150 people, you count ENTIRE cake. Do you tell her : "if you choose to keep the top tier, your cut servings will be X. If you want 150 cut servings, then your total cake will have to be X servings."?


yes.

Pebbles1727 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 8:55pm
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Thank you very much, that's what I needed to know : )

indydebi Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 9:00pm
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one thing I always asked was how many people did they invite? 60% of the total number invited will actually show up. If they invited 200 people, then they can figure about 125 ..... if they invited 250, they can figure about 150; if they invited 300, they can figure about 175.

Pebbles1727 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 9:09pm
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Yes, I have made myself a mental note of 60% rule from one of you other posts and tried to tell the bride that, but she insists that she wants 150 servings.

And while I have your attention, do you mind looking at my other post in this forum about wedding plateaus? I just wanted to see how everyone handled rental of those. I haven't done too many wedding cakes, but in the past, the brides just rented those somewhere else, and I just placed the cake on it.
Thank you for all your help : )

robinmarie Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 9:14pm
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i did a wedding cake for 150. i did a 6, 9, 12, & 15. The 6" was not considered apart of the 150 servings because that was their anniversary cake. I got these from the serving chart on Earlene's site.

CWR41 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 9:14pm
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Originally Posted by indydebi

An 8/12/16 round serves 24/56/98 = 178.
A 6/10/14 round serves 12/38/78 = 128.




Exactly! ( well, except for the 16"... Wilton wedding chart shows 100 servings: http://www.wilton.com/cakes/ma.....h-pans.cfm )

You can show them this way:
16/12/8 = 156/180
(the first number will be served, the second number includes what the top tier serves which isn't being cut and served, but frozen for the anniversary).

Pebbles1727 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 9:17pm
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and the consensus is still: charge for the anniversary cake just as if it was to be cut?

indydebi Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 9:17pm
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CWR, thanks for the correction on the number of servings! I was being lazy and didn't pull the chart up and was doing it by memory! (well .... so much for a 50 year old memory! icon_lol.gif )

CWR41 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 9:24pm
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Originally Posted by indydebi

CWR, thanks for the correction on the number of servings! I was being lazy and didn't pull the chart up and was doing it by memory! (well .... so much for a 50 year old memory! icon_lol.gif )




I thought so! My old memory is the same as yours (especially when the chart changes and it wasn't broken to begin with! I guess it's hard to teach this old dog a new trick!)

aligotmatt Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 9:53pm
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Yes, they'll pay for 180 servings, serve 156. Save 24 to eat on their anniversary.

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