Cake Tier Sizes

Decorating By Rosegin Updated 13 Aug 2013 , 4:04pm by Rosegin

Rosegin Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 1:08am
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AI'm making a wedding cake and it needs to serve 100.

Would 6, 10, 12 look weird? I've stacked the pans to get an idea but I can't decide. I could also do an 8, 10, 12.

They are serving the top tier.

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Annabakescakes Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 1:18am
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6,9,12 is 96 servings and looks great. I do it all the time. I don't like the other configurations you mentioned. 

CindiM Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 1:32am
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Hi, I hope this helps! 

For a wedding to serve 100 guest, I use a 6/8/12 inch round cake which serves 95 slices, 

or a 4/6/8/12 round, which serves 101,

or a 6/9/12 round, that serves 102. 

 

I use the old/old Wilton chart for wedding cake servings for my wedding cake shop.  

A serving slice is 1 inch wide by 2 inches deep, and 4 inches tall. 

 

A 4 inch round cake serves 6 slices

6 serves 14

8 serves 25

9 serves 32

10 serves 38

12 serves 56

14 serves 77

 and a16 inch round serves 100

Best of luck and have fun!

AZCouture Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 3:15am
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Original message sent by Annabakescakes

6,9,12 is 96 servings and looks great. I do it all the time. I don't like the other configurations you mentioned. 

If you have to make a 3 tier, I vote for a 6 9 12, if you are designing something from scratch, I vote for a 5 7 9 11. All depends on the design though. I definitely don't vote for the setup that has an 8 on top though.

Annabakescakes Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 3:18am
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A6,9,12 [IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3076495/width/200/height/400[/IMG]

Clearly the best configuration, and time to invest the $15 in a set of 9" pans. If she needs to serve the top tier because she needs a few more servings, then she is a married woman, it is time to pull up her big girl panties and serve it. Or have a stupid looking cake.

Of course, there are some designs and some toppers where you can get away with those other configurations, but generally speaking, most designs will just look stupid.

AZCouture Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 3:24am
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AI don't even like a 6" top tier...but that's being extremely...well, Jamie. :O

Annabakescakes Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 3:57am
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AI really think it is totally dependent on design, and budget. I am going to start charging more per tier if they are tiny. So, it depends on budget too. I won t make a 4 tier for the price of a 3 tier, and 4" tiers are a PITA.

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 4:06am
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6", 9", 12" is my most common cake size, although I also prefer a 4 or 5 on top. I won't do an 8" top tier, unless the deisgn/topper makes it absolutely necessary.

No offense to anymore, purely my opinion, it just always seems a bit unfinished or awkward to me.

AZCouture Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 4:10am
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Original message sent by scrumdiddlycakes

6", 9", 12" is my most common cake size, although I also prefer a 4 or 5 on top. I won't do an 8" top tier, unless the deisgn/topper makes it absolutely necessary. No offense to anymore, purely my opinion, it just always seems a bit unfinished or awkward to me.

I don't know why anyone would be offended at that, but some people [B]do[/B] indeed get a little miffed. It's not like anyone picks out someone's cake and says "that looks dumb!". It's just a personal preference. Wouldn't chap my hide one bit if someone said my 4" tiers look silly, but I would argue that they were wrong until next Thursday! Ha! :D

Annabakescakes Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 4:19am
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AI HATE 8" top tiers unless the bottom tier is 22" or something. The 6" or 4" looks stupid on top of it. But it needs a magnificent topper to balance it.

soldiernurse Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 9:41am
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Awhat about a 6, 9, 12, 16?

soldiernurse Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 9:47am
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A.....or should I make it taller and more narrower? what size pans if I decided to do that? I'm making my Avatar cake for my daughters wedding.

Smckinney07 Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 11:02am
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AIt depends on how much taller you want to go and how narrow. I like playing with sizes and shapes, if you wanted to do an extended tier or a double barrel for say just the middle tier and it's a 9" round. Typically that's around 4" high which serves 32, if you make an extended tier that's 9" round and 8" tall it would serve double 64 (keep in mind you'd want internal supports and an extra cardboard circle to separate the cakes as well as keep them from collapsing.

If you want to taper or carve you obviously need to use slightly bigger cakes to start with-again depending on how much you wish to carve so you still have enough cake for everyone.

It really depends on what you or the bride wants and the design. PS: I charge extra for carved cakes.

Rosegin Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 11:31am
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AThe design the bride and groom want needs to be three tiers, they need 100 servings so they are serving the top tier.

There is no cake topper. She couldn't find anything she fell in love with.

Annabakescakes, thank you for those photos, they're very helpful. :)

Annabakescakes Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 4:57pm
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Originally Posted by Rosegin 

The design the bride and groom want needs to be three tiers, they need 100 servings so they are serving the top tier.

There is no cake topper. She couldn't find anything she fell in love with.

Annabakescakes, thank you for those photos, they're very helpful. icon_smile.gif

You're welcome!

Rosegin Posted 13 Aug 2013 , 4:04pm
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AI decided to do 6, 9, 12. Thanks for all the help!

I'm still not sure how many servings this will be. Some sources say 96, others say 102.

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