Is 6 Inches High To High

Decorating By paulacake Updated 24 Aug 2011 , 6:54pm by imagenthatnj

paulacake Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 5:19pm
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I am planning to make my nieces wedding cake in Novemeber. She wants a four tier wedding cake. They will be 18, 14, 10.(must feed 240 people) but not sure how high they should be. Is 6" to high for each tier....Please help.

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metria Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 5:39pm
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if you're doing rounds, 4" high is enough to yield 243 servings (8 cubic inch servings).

Your serving slice of cake is: 1" x 2" x 4", which is 8 cubic inches.

10" round:  5" x 5" x π x 4"   = 314 cubic inches
14" round:  7" x 7" x π x 4"   = 615.44 cubic inches
18" round:  9" x 9" x π x 4"   = 1017.36 cubic inches

total volume: 1946.8 cubic inches
1946.8 / 8 = 243.35 total servings.

paulacake Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 6:31pm
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Thanks Metria that is a lot of help. I am doing rounds and they want to serve the cake for desert, so I want to make sure there is enough and I didn't want the cake to look dumpy (short). I always see these big beautiful cakes posted on CC but never knew how high each tier is. Thanks again

imagenthatnj Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 6:54pm
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If you make your tiers 6", they might not fit on a standard dessert plate. I think people go as high as 5", and sometimes they do a double-barrel or double-tier, same size rounds, stacked on top of each other (8"). But those are really two-tiers in one, so you still get a 4" high piece of cake.

Here's another thread for you.

Thanks, metria, for the detailed math! I love that stuff.

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