naiyyar Posted 1 Sep 2012 , 8:13pm
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Hello all at the CC world.

A friend of mine has asked me to make a 4 pound cake. no other information yet as i have to call her and discuss. so would like your tips and guidance plz.

I would like to ask What is better: cakes by weight or servings?


I am wondering how can we make a make a cake whose final weight is 4 pounds? HOw do the bakeries do this? I mean i have no control on the weight of the cake plus frosting and icing on it. and i do only buttercream cakes. NO FONDANT.

Plz PLZ i need ur expert opinions at the earliest. If cake by pound is not ok i can also talk her into making the cake by servings. then again , how can i calculate the cake by serving. how big will it be. also as im a beginner, i havnt made tiered cakes. so i will making only a single tier cake . iv only made 6 inch round cakes and heart cakes. How can we calculate the size to make a single cake without tiers depending on the number of servings in mind??

eagerly waiting for all ur replies.

THANK YOU.

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traci_doodle Posted 1 Sep 2012 , 8:49pm
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That seems odd to have a request for cake by the pound. Are you sure she wasn't asking for pound cake? As in 4 separate pound cakes? I wouldn't mess with trying to figure out how much the cake weighs. Sounds like a big headache to me. If she really wants a "4 pound" cake, which incidentally, does not seem very big, maybe you could just push her toward picking a serving amount instead.

ApplegumPam Posted 1 Sep 2012 , 9:25pm
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Ordering or referring to cakes by the pound was/is very common in the UK and Australia - it doesn't mean the total weight of the completed cake - fruitcakes were nearly always referred to as a 1lb mix or a 3lb mix etc - it relates to the amount of butter used

traci_doodle Posted 1 Sep 2012 , 9:35pm
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You learn something new every day! So a 4 pound cake is a cake with 4 pounds of butter in it? That's a lot of butter! Much bigger cake than I was thinking. icon_smile.gif

ApplegumPam Posted 1 Sep 2012 , 9:40pm
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You would need to check that this is in fact what the customer is referring to..... because she might NOT be icon_lol.gif

naiyyar Posted 9 Sep 2012 , 8:35am
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Thank you for the replies. I talked my friend into ordering the cake by servings. She had no idea how to order it. as in her country the bakeries sold cakes by pounds.

Thanks again

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