Cake Servings

Decorating By RDPJohnson Updated 16 Mar 2011 , 6:45pm by SunshineSally

RDPJohnson Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 11:27am
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Hello,

I'd like to know how to determine the amount of cake needed for an event - for example, 150 guests and is there a list or chart that gives that info for a variety of cake pans? If so, where can I find it? I'll appreciate any help you can give me...

Thanks,
Donna

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bcarb Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 11:41am
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There are many charts out there, but here are two that I Googled.

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

http://www.countrykitchensa.com/wedding/cakechart.aspx

sweetcakesbyjen Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 11:49am
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I use the Wilton, which is mostly the same as the one above, I see. A couple are different.

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

indydebi Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 12:48pm
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It also depends on what kind of event.

Wedding: I use my 60% Rule, which states that 60% of the total number INVITED will actually show up. (invite 150 .... expect around 90-100 to actually be there).

Corporate event: These are usually mandatory attendance events and the invited headcount will be much closer to the actual.

Open House: very hard to gauge as its a revolving door for about 4 hours. I still go by my 60% rule, although I have indepth conversations with the event planner person to find out as much as I can about their family (past history of attendance, how many out of town guests, very involved in church or not, etc.)

to determine amount of cake I need to make, I use the chart posted by sweetcakesbyjen. In my signature is a link that shows you how to cut a cake to achieve these servings. If the client will be cutting the cake themselves (i.e. NOT being cut by you or by a caterer), many people print off these photos and leave them for the client as a cutting guide.

Claire138 Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 1:19pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by indydebi

It also depends on what kind of event.

Wedding: I use my 60% Rule, which states that 60% of the total number INVITED will actually show up. (invite 150 .... expect around 90-100 to actually be there).

Corporate event: These are usually mandatory attendance events and the invited headcount will be much closer to the actual.

Open House: very hard to gauge as its a revolving door for about 4 hours. I still go by my 60% rule, although I have indepth conversations with the event planner person to find out as much as I can about their family (past history of attendance, how many out of town guests, very involved in church or not, etc.)

to determine amount of cake I need to make, I use the chart posted by sweetcakesbyjen. In my signature is a link that shows you how to cut a cake to achieve these servings. If the client will be cutting the cake themselves (i.e. NOT being cut by you or by a caterer), many people print off these photos and leave them for the client as a cutting guide.




Brilliant, thanks!

bcarb Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 4:07pm
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Indydebi, thanks for the info and pics on how to cut a cake. If you would be so kind to explain one of you comments regarding a pic, "The easy part.... just begin cutting the 2" strip into 1" pieces." Do the pieces then end up into wedges? Boy, I must need some more coffee, because I can't visualize how they end up in wedges.....

As always, thanks for all the sharing of info. I learn more every day.

sweetcakesbyjen Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 4:18pm
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Just thought I'd share what I print off and send with my clients. It makes it easier for them when they can actually see how to cut a cake. I took the images from the Wilton website and make a document specially for them. I just print it and circle the cake(s) that they got. Hopefully one of you can benefit from it too. If it doesn't show, PM me and I'll send it to you if interested.

Edited to add: I just uploaded it to my pics.

indydebi Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 4:35pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bcarb

Indydebi, thanks for the info and pics on how to cut a cake. If you would be so kind to explain one of you comments regarding a pic, "The easy part.... just begin cutting the 2" strip into 1" pieces." Do the pieces then end up into wedges? Boy, I must need some more coffee, because I can't visualize how they end up in wedges.....

As always, thanks for all the sharing of info. I learn more every day.


No, they don't end up in wedges. Wedges is how we cut a small round cake at home for after dinner. Wedding cake is cut into rectangles. here are some pics showing 1x2x4" pieces of cake. notice they are a nice dessert size piece of cake and that 1" does NOT mean "paper thin". thumbs_up.gif

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1156785
and
http:[email protected]/3856884667/

bcarb Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 5:21pm
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Thanks Indydebi, you always seem to know what I mean and can explain it better than I can ask. icon_biggrin.gif
(In your pic that went with the description of how to cut a wedding cake, the pieces on the plate looked like they were in a wedge, that is why I was confused.)

indydebi Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 5:59pm
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Ohhhh! those were the "corner" pieces. when I get to the end and have that rounded piece left, I cut it into two even wedges, instead of having a dinky little piece left over.

SunshineSally Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 6:45pm
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You just answered the question of my most recent dilemma! Most definitely printing the pictures for the bride!! thumbs_up.gif
Thanks IndyDebi! icon_smile.gif

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