I have been asked to make a wedding cake for a friend. She wants a 3 tier square cake, but wants it to feed 200 people. I'm worried that a 16" base 3 tier might look kind of squatty....She is serving all the layers and not keeping an anniversary cake. My pans are 2" thick and didnt know how many layers to make per tier to make it look right.
You're going to have to either do more tiers or do a smaller three tiered cake and do sheet cakes to supplement the serving count. Three tiers to serve 200 is going to look really short and squat and I guarantee that it won't be what she's thinking of.
The standard for tier height is 4", some people are going taller at 5" or so these days. Don't do much taller than that because the reality is that cake decorators love the look of tall tiers, but they're difficult for caterers to cut and fit on the dessert plates.
a 13 with a double 10 and a 7 technically is four tiers but it's about 200 servings too -- i like to have my tiers graduate in height with the tallest on the bottom and the shortest on top -- sometimes using a foam piece under the bottom tier to be iced as if it was part of the tier to enhance the look --
AThis apt helps with the size cakes required for 200 servings. TieredCaker. You can use three layers of cake for each tier.
think of it this way -- if you have 4" tall tiers say a 16x12x8x4
the 4" cake is as tall as it is wide
the 8" cake is half as tall -- looks half as tall as the top tier
the 16" cake is one quarter as tall as it is wide so it looks the shortest -- optical illusion
but this is the case with all tier cakes 16" tiers are not the culprits in and of themselves