How Much Is Too Much Cake?

Baking By kwruk1 Updated 8 Apr 2015 , 1:11am by kwruk1

kwruk1 Posted 7 Apr 2015 , 9:41pm
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I have made a lot of tiered cakes in the past and I almost always make way too much cake. I am making a 2 tier cake for a 5 year old's birthday. The cakes will be 5 layers tall with buttercream, so very tall cakes. The rough estimate is about 20 children and 10-15 adults. Should I make a 10 & a 6 or should I do an 8 and a 5 (inch cake)? I need a 3-4" difference between layers, so...I guess I could also do a 9 and a 6, although I would have to buy a new pan, which means extra cost. Opinions would be appreciated. I don't want to be swimming in cake, as little ones generally don't eat that much cake, but I also am always terrified I will run out. (The driving force behind me always making way too much.) Thanks for the help! 
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maybenot Posted 7 Apr 2015 , 9:44pm
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This is my go to chart.  I always do party sizes and I've never been told that someone didn't have enough cake:

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-serving-guide.cfm

Pastrybaglady Posted 7 Apr 2015 , 10:00pm
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Do you use the serving guides?  According to the below guide a 6" and 9" party servings would bring you close,  but your tiers are so tall you should go with wedding sizes 8" and 6" or even 5".

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-serving-guide.cfm

-K8memphis Posted 7 Apr 2015 , 10:52pm
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don't buy a new pan -- cut 1/4 inch off all around the 10" cake -- you'll have a true 9" cake plus icing which is a little bigger than the serving charts allow for-- when you bake a layer cake you loose about a half inch -- a 10" cake'll come out about 9.5 inches -- and especially since they are so tall and the kids are so small (that rhymes :)

y'know if it was a party for a 13 yr old male baseball team -- you might wanna allow more but a (true) 9x6 that's 5" tall will be plenty --

it's not the idea to feed them a meal of cake it's a serving it's a party it's ok

9x6 in your 10" pan you got this -- that's 33 party size servings 49 wedding servings and there's a happy medium there somewhere -- don't bake too much anymore

http://capitalconfectioners.com/cakulator/cakulator.html

kwruk1 Posted 8 Apr 2015 , 1:11am
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Wow! Thanks for all of the awesome replies.  K8memphis... I totally agree with what you're saying.  Thanks for the help. :)

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