First Wedding Cake - 2 Or 4" Difference In Tiers

Decorating By dchinda Updated 18 Apr 2011 , 3:08pm by dchinda

dchinda Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 12:24am
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I am going to be doing my first wedding cake in August. The bride wants a 3 tiered off set squared cake. Would it look better with 2" difference between each tier or 4"? The borders are going to be ribbon. Thanks in advance for the advice.

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paulstonia Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 12:39am
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You'll probably need a two inch difference so there is no overhang. Get your pans out and stack them, see how it's going to look. Hope it turns out great!

CWR41 Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 12:41am
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Would it look better with 2" difference between each tier or 4"?




Two inch difference won't work. Four inch difference won't work for cakes ten inches or larger.

Right angle measurements:
4" 5.66
5" 7.07
6" 8.49
7" 9.9
8" 11.31
9" 12.73
10" 14.14
11" 15.56
12" 16.97
13" 18.38
14" 19.8
15" 21.21
16" 22.63
17" 24.04
18" 25.46

dchinda Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 12:51am
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CWR41-Would you recommend I use a 12" on the bottom, 8" on the middle on 6" on the top? I was planning on doing 10/6/8 if I only needed a 2" difference. Thanks for the quick responses.

CWR41 Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 1:01am
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CWR41-Would you recommend I use a 12" on the bottom, 8" on the middle on 6" on the top? I was planning on doing 10/6/8 if I only needed a 2" difference. Thanks for the quick responses.




No. A 6" won't fit on an 8". You need at least 8.5" or it will overhang.
The big question isn't three tier, it's what is the serving goal.

dchinda Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 1:10am
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Originally Posted by dchinda

CWR41-Would you recommend I use a 12" on the bottom, 8" on the middle on 6" on the top? I was planning on doing 10/6/8 if I only needed a 2" difference. Thanks for the quick responses.



No. A 6" won't fit on an 8". You need at least 8.5" or it will overhang.
The big question isn't three tier, it's what is the serving goal.




The cake needs to feed 100 people. I am make the wedding cake & a 1/2 sheet grooms cake.

CWR41 Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 1:19am
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The cake needs to feed 100 people. I am make the wedding cake & a 1/2 sheet grooms cake.




If you make cakes as small as 4", you could make a 4" square on a 6" square on a 10" square... it would serve 8+18+50=76 plus 50-54 for the half sheet would total about 126-130 if the groom's cake will also be served at the same event.

jammjenks Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 1:22am
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Wouldn't the 6/8/10 offset square design be the same as your 50th b-day cake in your gallery?

dchinda Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 1:30am
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Wouldn't the 6/8/10 offset square design be the same as your 50th b-day cake in your gallery?




Of course I can't remember what sized I used for that cake. I borrowed pans from a friend.

CWR41 Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 4:00am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dchinda

The cake needs to feed 100 people. I am make the wedding cake & a 1/2 sheet grooms cake.



If you make cakes as small as 4", you could make a 4" square on a 6" square on a 10" square... it would serve 8+18+50=76 plus 50-54 for the half sheet would total about 126-130 if the groom's cake will also be served at the same event.




Does that work for you along with the half sheet, or does the tiered cake need to serve at least 100?

dchinda Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 3:08pm
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Originally Posted by CWR41

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Originally Posted by dchinda

The cake needs to feed 100 people. I am make the wedding cake & a 1/2 sheet grooms cake.



If you make cakes as small as 4", you could make a 4" square on a 6" square on a 10" square... it would serve 8+18+50=76 plus 50-54 for the half sheet would total about 126-130 if the groom's cake will also be served at the same event.



Does that work for you along with the half sheet, or does the tiered cake need to serve at least 100?




Yes, the wedding cake & the grooms cake combined need to feed 100. Thank you for your help.

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