Help! What Should I Do?

Decorating By CiNoRi Updated 18 May 2011 , 7:39pm by pettmybunny

CiNoRi Posted 18 May 2011 , 4:08pm
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So, i kinda made a booboo and misjudged...

I have someone wanting a 1st birthday circus cake to feed 40 and my plan was to make a 3 tier. bottom tier being a fake 12" square cake (looking like a box of popcorn), a 10" round, topped with a 6" round (looking like a circus tent). The 6" & the 10" (according to wilton = 40)

When i planned out the design I thought i was looking at a 12" square piece of styro... i just measured and realized it was a 10!!!
If i stick with the 10" styro, make the middle tier a 9" & using the 6" i would only get 36 servings.

What do you think i should do? The cake is set for delivery on Saturday Any ideas on how I can make this work?

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idontknow Posted 18 May 2011 , 4:17pm
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You could add a dozen cupcakes and add the birthday boy/girl's name as toppers?

could you add a 3 or 4 inch to the 6in top and carve it to get the circus tent?

CiNoRi Posted 18 May 2011 , 4:26pm
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You could add a dozen cupcakes and add the birthday boy/girl's name as toppers?

could you add a 3 or 4 inch to the 6in top and carve it to get the circus tent?




I will add a little to the tent... but i don't think it will be enough to warrant more servings...
Yeah i thought about cupcakes... i just didn't want it to seem odd or tacky, since they didn't ask for or know about the cupcakes heheheh

Thanks for your input!!!

cakification Posted 18 May 2011 , 4:27pm
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Could you go get a 12" dummy?

CiNoRi Posted 18 May 2011 , 4:31pm
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i thought of that but id have to drive 2 hours there and back to get it (and thats IF they have it)... and the cost of it plus driving... is really going eat into my costs...

Its crazy that giving them more cake is actually more cost effective! lol

MaryAnnPriest Posted 18 May 2011 , 4:45pm
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I would do the cupcakes. Top them to look like popcorn too!

ConnieJ Posted 18 May 2011 , 4:47pm
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I like your idea, MaryAnn!

CiNoRi Posted 18 May 2011 , 4:56pm
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cool I feel SOOOOO much better now! thanks so much for everything!!!

kristiemarie Posted 18 May 2011 , 5:35pm
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I wouldn't go cupcakes either unless you made enough for everyone (40). You'll have kids wanting the cupcakes and not everyone can have one....it would be a disaster and if it were my kids party, I'd be mad.

DaniNicole Posted 18 May 2011 , 5:45pm
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If you are going to go with the cupcakes, I would call the customer and ask her if she wouldn't mind the cupcakes...it really is up to her...

CiNoRi Posted 18 May 2011 , 6:17pm
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Well i definitely agree with your point about kids wanting cupcakes and others not getting them.... VERY good call!!


I'm in luck! I just destroyed (and trust me it was rather therapeutic) and old show cake I was rather over having it around! Now i have lots of styro to choose from!!!

YAY!

CWR41 Posted 18 May 2011 , 6:35pm
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Originally Posted by CiNoRi

I have someone wanting a 1st birthday circus cake to feed 40 and my plan was to make a 3 tier. bottom tier being a fake 12" square cake (looking like a box of popcorn), a 10" round, topped with a 6" round (looking like a circus tent). The 6" & the 10" (according to wilton = 40)




I wouldn't worry about it... the 6" & the 10" serves 50 (according to Wilton standard 8 cu. in. serving sizes).

CiNoRi Posted 18 May 2011 , 6:39pm
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Originally Posted by CiNoRi

I have someone wanting a 1st birthday circus cake to feed 40 and my plan was to make a 3 tier. bottom tier being a fake 12" square cake (looking like a box of popcorn), a 10" round, topped with a 6" round (looking like a circus tent). The 6" & the 10" (according to wilton = 40)



I wouldn't worry about it... the 6" & the 10" serves 50 (according to Wilton standard 8 cu. in. serving sizes).




where did you see that? my chart says the different! icon_wink.gif

CWR41 Posted 18 May 2011 , 6:47pm
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Originally Posted by CiNoRi

I have someone wanting a 1st birthday circus cake to feed 40 and my plan was to make a 3 tier. bottom tier being a fake 12" square cake (looking like a box of popcorn), a 10" round, topped with a 6" round (looking like a circus tent). The 6" & the 10" (according to wilton = 40)



I wouldn't worry about it... the 6" & the 10" serves 50 (according to Wilton standard 8 cu. in. serving sizes).



where did you see that? my chart says the different! icon_wink.gif




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

If you use any chart other than the wedding chart, you're giving away extra cake for free.

CiNoRi Posted 18 May 2011 , 6:50pm
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i have been using this:

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

it builds off the wilton chart... i always used the "party" version for parties.... i never realized there was a difference

CWR41 Posted 18 May 2011 , 6:53pm
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i have been using this:

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

it builds off the wilton chart... i always used the "party" version for parties.... i never realized there was a difference




Yes, there is. Industry standard servings are 8 cu. in. size... 2x2x2 for single-layer slab cakes and 1x2x4 for double-layer cakes.

CiNoRi Posted 18 May 2011 , 7:02pm
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I'm sorry but im really confused...so i dont want to use that chart for parties (even though this is for a party?)

CWR41 Posted 18 May 2011 , 7:09pm
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I'm sorry but im really confused...so i dont want to use that chart for parties (even though this is for a party?)




You can use the party chart if you'd rather be paid for 40 servings instead of the industry standard 50 servings (which is how venues will cut the cake). If you quote from the standard chart, and they want larger serving sizes or leftover cake, they can order more cake.

CiNoRi Posted 18 May 2011 , 7:11pm
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I just want to make sure they have their needed 40 servings.... its a home party not a venue run wedding

pettmybunny Posted 18 May 2011 , 7:39pm
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I use a party cut for birthday parties. At parties, people tend to cut larger than at weddings, because at a wedding, there's usually a meal involved for guests. That may happen at birthday parties too, but you can't bet on it.

I show the client the sheet which has both wedding cut and party cut diagrams. I let them choose which one they want, and then I charge for the size, not the serving. No confusion that way!

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