Cake Layering Question And Number Of People It Feeds

Decorating By aimlyles Updated 20 Jul 2012 , 3:36pm by BakingIrene

aimlyles Posted 20 Jul 2012 , 1:47am
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I just wanted to verify I am reading the Wilton chart correctly, it states that the 12" x 18" x 2" pan with 2 layers will serve 72 people. I'm assuming it means baking one cake and cutting it into 2 layers but I wanted to make sure I'm not suppose to bake 2 separate cakes.

I plan to have icing in between the layers, how thick should it be? I typically only do smaller cakes for immediate family but this is for a cousins graduation and there is going to be 60-80 people so I want to make sure everything is right icon_smile.gif

TIA for your help!

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akaivyleaf Posted 20 Jul 2012 , 2:50am
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Two layers means bake two cakes...

The resultant slices are cut to be an inch wide, 4 inches high and 2 inches in depth/length.

As far as the thickness of the icing in between, I don't necessarily use a formula, like I probably should...

BakingIrene Posted 20 Jul 2012 , 2:51am
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Originally Posted by aimlyles

I just wanted to verify I am reading the Wilton chart correctly, it states that the 12" x 18" x 2" pan with 2 layers will serve 72 people. I'm assuming it means baking one cake and cutting it into 2 layers but I wanted to make sure I'm not suppose to bake 2 separate cakes.




The chart means that you bake two cakes each at least 1.5 inches high, plus icing between those two layers. Somewhere near the top of that chart it says so clearly.

If you only bake one cake in a 12x18x2" deep pan, it doesn't matter if you slice it and add filling. You will only be able to cut 36 party size pieces of cake.

Addictive_desserts Posted 20 Jul 2012 , 3:52am
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Originally Posted by BakingIrene

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Originally Posted by aimlyles

I just wanted to verify I am reading the Wilton chart correctly, it states that the 12" x 18" x 2" pan with 2 layers will serve 72 people. I'm assuming it means baking one cake and cutting it into 2 layers but I wanted to make sure I'm not suppose to bake 2 separate cakes.



The chart means that you bake two cakes each at least 1.5 inches high, plus icing between those two layers. Somewhere near the top of that chart it says so clearly.

If you only bake one cake in a 12x18x2" deep pan, it doesn't matter if you slice it and add filling. You will only be able to cut 36 party size pieces of cake.


Sorry I didn't get what you mean! If you bake one cake but high enough to slice and fill you will still get the same amount of servings as you would two cakes on top of each other?

aimlyles Posted 20 Jul 2012 , 3:57am
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Thank you for all the replies, after the cake came out of the oven I realized that even if sliced and filled it would be a pretty low/flat cake. I'll have to run out and get more ingredients!!

Thanks again for the quick response I really appreciate it.

CWR41 Posted 20 Jul 2012 , 5:01am
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Originally Posted by BakingIrene

The chart means that you bake two cakes each at least 1.5 inches high, plus icing between those two layers. Somewhere near the top of that chart it says so clearly.




The top of the Wilton chart, "Cakes from 3 to 6 in. high, baked in the same size pan, would yield the same number of servings because they follow the same pattern of cutting. Cakes shorter than 3 in. would yield half the number of servings indicated for that pan."
http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

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Originally Posted by Addictive_desserts

Sorry I didn't get what you mean! If you bake one cake but high enough to slice and fill you will still get the same amount of servings as you would two cakes on top of each other?




This:

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Originally Posted by BakingIrene

If you only bake one cake in a 12x18x2" deep pan, it doesn't matter if you slice it and add filling. You will only be able to cut 36 party size pieces of cake.



Isn't the same as this:

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Originally Posted by aimlyles

... it states that the 12" x 18" x 2" pan with 2 layers will serve 72 people.


BakingIrene Posted 20 Jul 2012 , 3:36pm
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Originally Posted by Addictive_desserts

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Originally Posted by BakingIrene

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Originally Posted by aimlyles

I just wanted to verify I am reading the Wilton chart correctly, it states that the 12" x 18" x 2" pan with 2 layers will serve 72 people. I'm assuming it means baking one cake and cutting it into 2 layers but I wanted to make sure I'm not suppose to bake 2 separate cakes.



The chart means that you bake two cakes each at least 1.5 inches high, plus icing between those two layers. Somewhere near the top of that chart it says so clearly.

If you only bake one cake in a 12x18x2" deep pan, it doesn't matter if you slice it and add filling. You will only be able to cut 36 party size pieces of cake.

Sorry I didn't get what you mean! If you bake one cake but high enough to slice and fill you will still get the same amount of servings as you would two cakes on top of each other?




NO NO NO NO NO

The charts use volume NOT area of cake for serving calculations.

Please think in simple terms: if you baked a cake with 1 cup of butter, how many people do you **think** it should feed?

If your 12 x 18 cake baked to 2", you could theoretically slice it into 4 "layers" and stuff it with filling. But that still means ONLY enough cake for 36 people.

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