I am doing my first wedding cake. It is going to be red velvet and they do not want a filling. It is going to be a 3 tier square. How high should each cake be?
I thought 3" but not sure. It is for 120 people and I was thinking about a 12", 8" and 4". Will this be enough cake or should I go bigger?
Any info will help a lot
They don't want filling or butter cream between layers?
No they just want a 3 tier cake and each tier with no filling. thats why I am not sure how high to make each tier
That's only 112 servings. A 12" and 9" would serve 112, add a 6" and you'd get 130 total servings. Typical layer cake height is 4".
I'm sure they want BC, cream cheese icing, or whatever the cake is iced with as a filling between the layers (they're probably saying no to an optional filling flavor). You need to let them know that the layers won't be stacked without icing between.
I would use a smear of b'cream icing as a filling. You need something to hold together the two layers of cake. This is a case of the decorator being a teacher. When someone wants something that is *totally* off the wall you have to inform them it's not possible/available/'really not done that way'.
There are bakers around here who bake in 3" pans and don't do fillings, it's just one big hunk of cake. That could be what they're thinking. OR...it could be that they're thinking "filling"=sleeved fillings, which some people don't want, so they say "no filling." When someone says that to me I tell them that I bake in 2" pans, and there has to be some kind of filling to stick the layers together, but that I don't use aritificial sleeved fillings, I use flavored meringue buttercreams. When they hear that they're usually fine with it.
It's possible that they just don't want a filling, though. You should probably clarify with them why they're thinking that. It could be that they're thinking of that nasty artificial cream cheese stuff and they don't want that.
Thank you for all the information. She did tell me no filling just cake and thats why I was thinking doing it in 3"pans. I will double check with her and explain about the filling because I think the 4" would look nicer.