I am doing a wedding cake in September for 100 guests and I just wanted to know what cake serving charts do other people use.
I have looked at the wilton chart and also Earlene's chart.
I don't think I will be much help, other than to give you what I have experienced. Earlene's was the chart I started using and for some parties seemed too much, bridal and baby showers. ( I think it is ladies not wanting to eat too much) Birthday parties it seemed to be just enough or a little extra. I chose Wilton for a wedding and it was just enough for all the guests ( I happened to be one of them) but people wanted more and there wasn't any. Wilton wasn't enough for parties. I think it is very important to have one chart to use across the board and am thinking of maybe using the Wilton party size chart.
I am hoping for some great advice from others as well. Sorry I couldn't be more help.
What cake serving chart do other people use for which decision?
1. Pricing? or
2. Figuring out how much cake the persons at the event will eat?
These are two different decisions, and when cakers try to force them to be equal, that's when problems occur. A standard Wilton wedding serving of 8 cubic inches of cake should always be used for #1. (One could use another chart, but one would then need to adjust price upward. Not all customers understand the differences between a Wilton wedding vs. party vs. Earlene slice and may simply compare your price unfavorably to another caker who uses the Wilton wedding standard.)
#2 is up to the customer. You can ask questions and help guide him/her, but otherwise, it's his/her decision.
Another good thread:
Also many, many other threads on this if you search the forums.
"Industry Standard" is based on the Wilton Wedding Chart...meaning most venues will slice 1 x2x4" slices of cake. Now some may slice larger and some may slice smaller.
I price using the Wilton chart. I have a styro dummy slice of cake as a visual for the client.
If they decide they want larger servings for their guests (which rarely happens) they order more cake. I've never had anyone complain that there wasn't enough cake to serve all of their guests.
In my opinion Earlene's chart is the most accurate. I've made practice cakes and cut them the Wilton way (according to their chart) and Earlene's way, according to her chart and Earlene's way is most realistic.
I always asks quote the price of the whole cake not price per serving. I give the client an approximate number of servings quote for both the Wilton party size and Wilton wedding size cake portions along with a cutting guide for both. I don't guarantee a set number of servings and recommend that for weddings they let me or the food caterer at the venue cut the cake for best results. I find it also helpful to ask if they want leftover cake to send home with guests,if they plan to serve the top tier or freeze it for their first anniversary, and with any cake order what is the occasion and type of guests they are serving the cake to ensure enough cake is being ordered. A cake for a kids party, wedding, or for a 80th birthday at a retirement would typically be cut in much smaller servings. My family and friends are hearty eaters with quite the sweet tooth and at my own wedding I used the party size cake cutting chart.