Site That Shows How Much A Cake Feeds?

Decorating By usmdesigner Updated 18 Mar 2011 , 3:09pm by metria

usmdesigner Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 3:25pm
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I've viewed wilton's site and I'm a bit confused by how it is explaining it. Plus the fact that the chart that is shown, you have to sit and count every little section as they did not give a number out to the side.

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/cake-cutting-guides/wedding-cake-cutting-guide.cfm

This is the site I'm currently looking at.

All my pans are 2 inches high. So what would I be looking at if I did a 8 inch round and a 10 inch round? Is there a site that shows numbers for these?

I know different people use 2 and 3 inch heights and also may actually stack more than 2 layers.

I've always grown up in a family that just cuts staight to the middle of round cakes and doesn't conform to the "2 inch by 1 inch" cut. So all of this is new to me. icon_smile.gif

Thanks!

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bobwonderbuns Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 3:42pm
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VickeyC Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 3:51pm
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Try this wilton serving chart. http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm . However keep in mind that this chart is based on 4" layers (2 - 2" layers stacked). So if you are only doing a 2" layer, the servings will be 1/2 of what the chart shows.

The chart shows that an 8" will serve 24, so if you only do a 2" layer, yours will serve 12.
10" will serve 38 so yours would feed 19. To obtain the serving size, you would normally cut the 4" cake into 2" strips and then you would cut the strips into 1" pieces. So with 2" layers, you would cut into 2" strips and then into 2" pieces.

I hope that I have not totally confused you. It may also be helpful to check out Debs blog about cutting cake. It is here. http://cateritsimple.blogspot.com/search/label/cake%20comb . HTH

usmdesigner Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 4:06pm
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

Earlene has a cake chart that is very helpful in this:

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

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




Wow, so this method is very different than Wilton's style.

But this helps a lot in showing kinda the minimum Vs the maximum I guess between the 2 different styles I now have more of a rough estimate I can look at.

usmdesigner Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 4:17pm
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Originally Posted by VickeyC

Try this wilton serving chart. http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm . However keep in mind that this chart is based on 4" layers (2 - 2" layers stacked). So if you are only doing a 2" layer, the servings will be 1/2 of what the chart shows.

The chart shows that an 8" will serve 24, so if you only do a 2" layer, yours will serve 12.
10" will serve 38 so yours would feed 19. To obtain the serving size, you would normally cut the 4" cake into 2" strips and then you would cut the strips into 1" pieces. So with 2" layers, you would cut into 2" strips and then into 2" pieces.

I hope that I have not totally confused you. It may also be helpful to check out Debs blog about cutting cake. It is here. http://cateritsimple.blogspot.com/search/label/cake%20comb . HTH




Thanks Vicky. I actually do 2 - 2 inches stacked. So this is exactly what I was looking for. It looks like it goes right along with the other page I linked, only that it gives the numbers and the other shows the cuts. This is what I was looking for. Thanks! That blog also helped as well.

VickeyC Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 10:16pm
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You are so welcome. Glad that I could help.

bobwonderbuns Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 11:17pm
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I've used both Wilton and Earlene's charts and I've found from personal experience that Earlene's is far more accurate. In fact, I took an 8 inch practice cake to bible study one day and cut it up just like Earlene said to and it was very accurate and the sizes were great. Hope that helps! icon_biggrin.gif

usmdesigner Posted 18 Mar 2011 , 2:27pm
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

I've used both Wilton and Earlene's charts and I've found from personal experience that Earlene's is far more accurate. In fact, I took an 8 inch practice cake to bible study one day and cut it up just like Earlene said to and it was very accurate and the sizes were great. Hope that helps! icon_biggrin.gif




Yeah, I have yet to actually try to "carve" a cake correctly. Now that I've seen this stuff, I'll try to practice on my next cake for sure.

Thanks for all the info!

ajwonka Posted 18 Mar 2011 , 2:51pm
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Great info! Thanks!

metria Posted 18 Mar 2011 , 3:09pm
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i have a quick online calculator using the Wilton chart data:

http://shinymetalobjects.net/cake/calculator/cake_calculator.cgi

there's also a link there if you want to specify your own slice and pan dimensions so it can calculate with straight-up volume.

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