I am going to be making a wedding cake, the bridge is asking for round, hex, round shape for 125 people.
Can anyone suggest what size each tier should be? 6'' round, 10'' hex, 14'' round? Would this yield 125 servings?
Shouldn't I have more than 125 servings in case someone wants more cake?
Hexagons come in 6,9,12,15, unless you cut your own [equals wasted cake servings that should be charged for].
I looked on Earlene's cake chart (I tend to use that instead of Wilton's) and I get :
6" round - 8 servings
9" hex - 18 servings
14" round - 65 servings
A lot less than you need. I also never include the top tier since most bride's will keep that for a year.
How about this?
8" round - 15 servings
12" hex - 45 servings
15" round - 80 servings
You get your 125 and don't need to touch the top tier. As to your other comment, I always make the cake as close as I can to the number of servings they've ordered, unless it's something ridiculous like "I want a 3 tier cake for 30 people". Then I have the reality conversation with them and suggest alternatives. Most of the time, I folks wind up with about 10-15 more servings than they need because of the pan sizes and the math; I don't charge them anything additional for that.
Just to add one more thing - I always supply the venue with a page on how to cut the cake (I use Wilton's diagram) so they actually cut it the right way. You wouldn't believe how many inexperienced people make a mess out of your hard work.
Thanks for your help! :-)