How Many Does The Cake Feed?

Decorating By AirForceWife Updated 3 Mar 2011 , 3:30am by AirForceWife

AirForceWife Posted 2 Mar 2011 , 7:09pm
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I am extremely new to cake making and am just now starting to get people calling and asking for cakes. I am not really sure how big I should make the cake when they tell me how many people will be eating it. And that also affects the pricing. So, could someone tell me how big and what price they would charge for the following:

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1-10 people
10-20 people
20-30 people
30-40 people
40-50 people
50-100 people

Thank you so much. I am so lost when it comes to how many people and cost.

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leily Posted 2 Mar 2011 , 7:26pm
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here is he industry standard for servings (remember these are servings for 4" tall cakes, if you're doing 2" tall cakes then cut the number in half)
http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

Pricing varies so much across the US, and even city to city or within a city (if you're in a really big one) Check out this thread on how to price your product
http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-694973-.html

ibmoser Posted 2 Mar 2011 , 7:36pm
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i do this as a hobby - don't sell anything. But, I can direct you to a couple of charts to get you started. You will find differences in the charts, but the "average" cake serving is a slice 4" tall by 2" wide by 1" thick. Earlene's chart has slightly fewer servings than Wilton's, but this will give you an idea

http://www.earlenescakes.com/ckserchart.htm

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

and Wilton's "party" serving guide:
http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-party-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

Indydebi has the best method of slicing and serving

http://cateritsimple.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-to-cut-wedding-cake.html

As far as pricing, you need to research prices in your area from your immediate competition, and I don't mean Wal-Mart icon_lol.gif - I mean custom providers. Your area may support higher or lower prices than cakers on this board that live in different areas. A good spread sheet to keep track of your actual costs will be most helpful.

AirForceWife Posted 2 Mar 2011 , 8:33pm
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Thank you both so much for the extremely helpeful information. I just got a call to see if I could make a sheetcake for 200 people! I have never made a cake for that many people before. Ahhhh! This will bemy first paying gig. I'm so nervous. icon_eek.gif

leily Posted 2 Mar 2011 , 8:35pm
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Originally Posted by AirForceWife

Thank you both so much for the extremely helpeful information. I just got a call to see if I could make a sheetcake for 200 people! I have never made a cake for that many people before. Ahhhh! This will bemy first paying gig. I'm so nervous. icon_eek.gif




For 200 people is easy too, you can get a 12x18 pan and bake four of them. You can double stack them so the cake is 4" high and either make them as two seperate cakes, or put them side by side so you have a large 18x24 cake. This will serve 216.

AirForceWife Posted 3 Mar 2011 , 3:30am
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I was thinking 3- 10" rounds and 1- 12x18in sheet. Each one will have a different Security Forces or Air Force symbol/badge. What do you think?

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