Serving Size!

Decorating By ChrizzzT Updated 9 Apr 2013 , 6:39pm by ChrizzzT

ChrizzzT Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 3:35pm
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Hi everyone! I have to make a cake that will serve 40 people for this weekend. It will be two tiers, both 4inches high. If I do a 6inch and and 8inch that should be sufficient right? I have used Earlene's chart in the past and have been left a ton of left overs. Thank you for answering my silly question in advance! :)

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KatieKake Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 4:04pm
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according to Wilton's wedding cake chart, a 6 and 8 would only serve 36, you  you might want to go with a 6 and 9 which would give you 44,  If you are looking for party size servings then you would have to go with  6 and 10 and that would give you 40 serving on the button.  I would rather have some extra rather than not enough.

AZCouture Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 4:11pm
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A 5/9 or a 6/9 will give you right about 40. 

ChrizzzT Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 5:42pm
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Thank you! The thing that confuses me is those serving charts are based on a layer that is two inches high but I make my tiers 4 inches high.. well more like like 5 with the filling. Does that change the serving amount? I figure that if you have a cake that is only 2inches in total height, the serving size would have to be larger. But if you had a tier with about 4- 6 inches total height, the servings would be cut thinner. So regardless of tier height, I still refer to the chart as usual?

AZCouture Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 5:46pm
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To save yourself headaches and be consistent with pricing, etc., use the Wilton chart. I use a chart that splits the difference between Wilton and Earlene myself, but they are based on cakes at least 4" high and filled. I make mine 4.5 to 5" tall, just because I prefer the extra height. 

ChrizzzT Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 5:52pm
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I also like my cakes to be 4 1/2 to 5 inches tall so based on that, still use wilton? Thank you so much I really appreciate it!

CWR41 Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 6:11pm
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Originally Posted by ChrizzzT 

The thing that confuses me is those serving charts are based on a layer that is two inches high but I make my tiers 4 inches high.

No... it's based on two layers that are 2" tall each, so 4" high total.


From the chart:  Serving amounts are based on wedding-sized portions of approximately 1 x 2 in. 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. Number of servings are intended as a guide only.


So, the only way it would serve more is if you used a board in the middle and served as another separate tier.

ChrizzzT Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 6:39pm
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That makes sense. Thank you so much!

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