## Cake Size/# People

By cowie Updated 7 Feb 2013 , 2:14pm by DeliciousDesserts

cowie Posted 6 Apr 2011 , 12:13am
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I have been asked to do a quote for a wedding of 170 people. I know normally people don't get a cake big enough for exactly 170 people. Any suggestions about how many people I should aim towards for the quote?
Thanks!

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CWR41 Posted 6 Apr 2011 , 12:43am
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Originally Posted by cowie

I have been asked to do a quote for a wedding of 170 people. I know normally people don't get a cake big enough for exactly 170 people. Any suggestions about how many people I should aim towards for the quote?
Thanks!

Aim for the goal.

Here are two combos that would do:
6"/9"/12"/14" = 166-178
6"/10"/12"/14" = 172 -184

I'm sure you could come up with more combos using squares, etc. Just read the Wilton wedding cake guide.

Crazboutcakes Posted 6 Apr 2011 , 1:24am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cowie

I have been asked to do a quote for a wedding of 170 people. I know normally people don't get a cake big enough for exactly 170 people. Any suggestions about how many people I should aim towards for the quote?
Thanks!

Cowie here are the links, hth a little, it' a little hard to find them

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

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

indydebi Posted 6 Apr 2011 , 4:30am
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If they ordered 170 servings, you quote and make 170 (+/-) servings.

I think what you are referring to is the guideline to help a bride determine just exactly how many servings she WILL need.

My rule of thumb is "60% of those invited will actually show up." Used that formula for years ... always worked.

So if they REALLY invited 285 people, then they can expect 170-ish to show up.

cowie Posted 6 Apr 2011 , 3:00pm
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Won't the cake look funny if the sizes are even?
6"/9"/12"/14" - the space between the 12& 14 isn't 3 like the others
6"/10"/12"/14" = the space between the 6 & 10 isn't the same like the others
I have never done a cake above 3 tiers before.

indydebi - that's what I meant, 60% rule, Thanks!

Is a 14" harder to cover with fondant? I have never done one that big.
I think for this cake I am for sure going to include the price for the SPS system.

denisejj Posted 7 Feb 2013 , 1:04pm
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Various sizes don't look odd at all I have found

DeliciousDesserts Posted 7 Feb 2013 , 2:14pm
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AI say it depends on the reception.

Here in Charleston, my recommendation is different for buffet than sit down and different for dry or open bar.