Does anyone know if there is some sort of program or worksheet where I could input the sizes of tiers that I would like to use, and get a visual of what they would look like together? Seems like this would be extremely helpful when designing a cake.
Well, there is this:
and there are others in the Galleries/Misc/Sketches & Patterns & Templates.
Well I thought I posted a reply but it's not showing so I'm going to try again. It may end up showing twice.
Yrs ago (maybe around 1980) Wilton published a 3 volumn set of books called the Encyclopedia of cake decorating. They each had about 300 pgs and originally sold for about $30. If you can get your hands on Vol 2 there are some 3 or 4 pgs of sketches with various shapes and sizes that can be put together for tiered cakes - both pillared & stacked. They show how many servings each combination serves.
Thanks to both of you!
Here are two excellent resources that show cake configurations and how many wedding servings per configuration:
Additionally, here's information on the Wilton Encyclopedia Set. These are out-of-print. They are FABULOUS!!!!!!
A great suggestion that I found on line when I began cake decorating in the Wilton courses in March 2010: Find the old 1970's Wilton encyclopedias on half.com or eBay or other out-of-print sites and buy them! There are 3 volumes, 1, 2 and 3 and they illustrate all the "old" techniques, which of course, were mostly buttercream. They show how to pipe people and animals and all sorts of stuff!
The Wilton Way of Cake Decorating, Volume One
Originally published in 1974.
The Wilton Way of Cake Decorating, Volume Two
Originally published 1977
The Wilton Way of Cake Decorating, Volume Three
Originally published 1979
If you search online to purchase, BE VERY SURE they are the Encyclopedia Volumes 1, 2 or 3. MANY book sellers list the wrong books! (They will list any of a number of old Wilton books that will not be what you want. I think the 1st Volume has the same ISBN-10 as another book by Wilton, "Wilton Wedding Cakes, A Romantic Portfolio.) My versions say on the cover of each book "Volume 1, A complete encyclopedia" (and so on for Vol 2 and 3).
Here are photos of what the books should look like:
They also come without the dust covers. Look at this eBay listing, and you'll see a solid brown version of Volume Three.
(Vol. 1 = Red, Vol. 2 = Green, Vol. 3 = Brown)
.....Is this it?.... they are the Encyclopedia Vol. 1, 2 or 3....
Yes, those are the ones I thought Vol. 3 was THE best one for learning techniques.
I definately suggest if you buy them to get Vol 3 first
The Vol 2 and finally Vol 1.