## Confused Over Serving Amounts.... Do You Use Wilton's Guide?

By mrsunknown Updated 14 Nov 2011 , 3:30am by JanH

mrsunknown Posted 14 Nov 2011 , 3:03am
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I STILL CANT FIGURE THIS OUT!!!! Embarassed

I am sure there is a thread somewhere on here referring to this topic but in my searches i have not found anything yet!?!?

Do you use Wilton's guide to work out serving amounts for each cake size?

If so, how tall would 2 layers be?

I generally aim to make each tier between 3 and 4 inches ( filled or unfilled and un iced)

How do i use the Wilton guide when factoring in the height?

Can we use a 14" as an example.... Wink

On Wilton's chart i look at 14" round and see 78 servings.......the place i buy my supplies from gave me a chart and which says a 14" round will give 169 servings.......upon my search i have found numbers anywhere in between.

Can someone please help me get my head around this, it is starting to get very frustrating that something so simple can confuse me so much.........thanks in advance Smile

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JanH Posted 14 Nov 2011 , 3:12am
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If your supplier's chart indicates that amount of servings, then the pieces would be half of Wilton's 1x2x/3/4/6 - is that the size slice your customers want.

If not, then I'd go with the industry standard - Wilton's (unless you're in AU where coffee and dessert portions are also served.

An Australian dessert portion is roughly 2.5 x 5 x 9 cm high, while a coffee portion is half the size of a dessert portion (about the size of a petit four).

HTH

Texas_Rose Posted 14 Nov 2011 , 3:19am
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The Wilton chart is for two 2" high layers, meaning the slice of cake is about 4" high.

The Wilton chart says 14" round is 78 servings, Earlene's chart says it is 65 http://www.earlenescakes.com/ckserchart.htm

Here's a little math to add to the confusion: The formula for the area of a circle is pi times the radius squared...so 3.14159 x 7x7=153.94 So there are about 154 square inches on the top of the 14" cake. The wilton chart is for a serving that is 2 x 1 inches...so two square inches. So if you divide that 154 by 2, that's 76.

Now, assuming that you're not using the large plastic dowels in the tier, a skilled cake cutter might get the 78 servings that Wilton says are there. The way that Earlene made her chart was to draw on her cake pans for the slices she could actually cut from a cake.

The chart you have that says 169 servings is not correct...each serving would be less than one inch by one inch. Somebody must have made a typo there.

JanH Posted 14 Nov 2011 , 3:30am
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

The Wilton chart is for two 2" high layers, meaning the slice of cake is about 4" high.

The Wilton charts have been updated to serving heights of 3/4/6" - don't know when that happened.

Serving amounts are based on wedding-sized portions of approximately 1 x 2 in. Cakes from 3 to 6 in.

Serving amounts are based on party-sized portions of approximately 1.5 x 2 in. Cakes from 3 to 6 in. high

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

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

Although, if I were selling cakes - the 6" layers would carry a premium price per slice.

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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

The chart you have that says 169 servings is not correct...each serving would be less than one inch by one inch. Somebody must have made a typo there.

Found an AU servings guide which displays dessert and treat portions (by treat they must be referring to coffee portions):

http://www.weddingvenuesandservices.com.au/tips.ews?tips.ewdid=1

The number of treat/coffee servings in a 14" round is 150. However, a 14" square will yield 170 treat/coffee servings.)

I imagine if you're serving rich fruitcake - that's plenty.

HTH