So Frosted Posted 27 Dec 2013 , 2:18am

AHi guys I have a cake to do for a high tea in February but I can't work out what sizes to make the cakes. I need to feed around 250 people but it's no big deal if I have to make a few extra cakes for the kitchen.

I have attached (hopefully) a rough drawing of what I was thinking. If you could give me some ideas as to cake sizes I would really appreciate it.

Thanks Sarah

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13 replies
enga Posted 27 Dec 2013 , 4:50am

That is a really cute design, 4 tiers using these sizes,10 -12 -14 - 16 would serve 250 people. I don't know if you want to make it quite that big or not. You could also make it smaller, 4 - 6 -10 and half sheet or full sheet made to look like a table with teacup placements. Just tossing out a few ideas, HTH

enga Posted 27 Dec 2013 , 5:22am
So Frosted Posted 27 Dec 2013 , 8:23am

AThanks :) I don't think I want to make it that big, I wouldn't be able to lift it! Lol.

What would you suggest for cake height? I don't know whether to make them higher than usual to balance it out? I've never made a cake like this before so I need all the help I can get!

enga Posted 27 Dec 2013 , 11:16am

Are you making your own stand? If so here is a thread that might help.

http://cakecentral.com/t/628805/tutorials-to-build-wacky-cake-stand

 

I don't have any idea what the height should be as I have never made one of these types of cakes before. I imagine they would be  two 2" layers per cake allowing slightly more height because of the angle but I'd just be guessing.

 

I find these cakes so fascinating,  I searched around a little and found these. I also goggled images for gravity defying cakes and found a few promising sites. I'm sorry I couldn't help you more.

 

http://cakestackers.com/stack-examples

 

http://youtu.be/vbVj1G0cSzE

 

http://youtu.be/iWkS1kTpoVk

http://sweeteatscakes.blogspot.com/2010/12/topsy-turvy-stand-tutorial.html

 

Oh, I forgot, a 3 tiered cake of 8 12 and 16 would serve 156, maybe a full sheet to make up the difference. I'm sure with your design any route you take it's going to come out lovely. Good Luck!

ddaigle Posted 27 Dec 2013 , 2:04pm

I would never have 10" as my top tier...it is just too big.   Is your tea pot going to be cake? 

 

I would do a 6/9/12/16.   That's 200 servings.  You are going to lose some servings in the carving of the tea pot so you will need some supplemental cake somehow...maybe a double quarter sheet kitchen cake...?

ddaigle Posted 27 Dec 2013 , 2:07pm

I also hope you are charging a fortune for this:-D.

deannescakes Posted 27 Dec 2013 , 10:58pm

If I remember correctly, the Wilton Cake Decorating website gives you information on cake sizing according to how many people.

ddaigle Posted 27 Dec 2013 , 11:13pm

This is my fav website for figuring out different sizes.  

 

http://shinymetalobjects.net/cake/calculator/cakulator.cgi?option=2&;option=Select+Cakulator

sbonham Posted 28 Dec 2013 , 6:38am

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/

This is the link for the Wilton cake serving guide Deannescakes mentioned to you. There is much more info that I have found helpful. ;-D

So Frosted Posted 7 Jan 2014 , 2:15am

Hi guys,

Sorry I've taken so long to reply, I've been away over Christmas.

 

Ddaigle- I think your sizes sound pretty good, you don't think the 9 and 12 will be too heavy/ big to have on an angle? Yes, the teapot will be cake, I have a litre Pyrex bowl that I was going to bake the 2 halves in.

 

Also I am doing this cake for free to get my name out there as I have just decided to start charging for my cakes.

 

Thanks heaps for all your replies I appreciate the help

 

:)

ddaigle Posted 7 Jan 2014 , 2:37am

It's all about your set up construction for that design.   I have never used any type of PVC construction, but I have seen it done online.   Bronwen Weber does a lot of it.  If you have your construction sound...I think it will be fine.  I just can't tell how to make that happen.   Do a lot of research. 

So Frosted Posted 7 Jan 2014 , 2:41am

Thanks :)

 

I think I have the construction side worked out. Wish me luck!

Will post a pic when it's done :)

So Frosted Posted 7 Jan 2014 , 3:25am

Oh and if anyone has any better ideas for my design.......

 

The theme is rustic and the colours are white, turquoise and brown (think hessian/ burlap)

 

I'm not very good at the design side of things lol so if anyone has any suggestions...

 

Thanks guys :)

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