How Many Tiers Tall Should A 16" Single Layer Wedding Cake Be?

Baking By ALG_AmyG Updated 23 Feb 2016 , 5:15am by Singerssoul

ALG_AmyG Posted 22 Feb 2016 , 2:50am
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I was asked to make a 16" round wedding cake  this will be the only tier  how tall should it be? And how many boxes of cake mix will be needed in each 16" cake pan? Any advice would be helpful! Thanks!

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Singerssoul Posted 22 Feb 2016 , 2:55am
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I think you mean layers, if you mean a single 16" round cake. Tiers would mean several cakes of graduating sizes. My Wedding cakes are always 4 layers of cake with 3 layers of filling and are about 4" tall.   How many people are they looking to feed?  That will best dictate how much cake they will need.  Then you will be able to look at the options for tiers and configuration. 

-K8memphis Posted 22 Feb 2016 , 2:28pm
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used to be you needed 3 boxes of cake mix for one 16" cake layer -- and you'd need to bake  two of those for a cake that's about 4" tall -- but since they reduced the size of cake mixes -- i'd mix up three and a half mixes -- maybe make a few cupcakes -- you don't want to go over about half full of batter in the pan --

i think they've upped the leavening in the mixes to disguise the lighter weight but it's just a hunch -- you can turn the heat down at the end if the baking if it goes long on you --

i'd recommend using some bake even strips and a rose nail

http://rosebakes.com/3-ways-to-avoid-domed-cakes/



kakeladi Posted 23 Feb 2016 , 4:54am
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If you use my *original* WASC recipe (as posted here: http://www.cakecentral.com/recipe/7445/the-original-wasc-cake-recipeyou )  only need 2 cakes mixes for each 16" round layer.  Please read through the entire recipe **and the replies**.  There is much information throughout the entire post.  You DO NOT need to add extra dry mix because of the reduced size of the mixes and DO NOT change any of the ingredients added - use the recipe *EXACTLY* as posted.  Since my mixer would not hold a double batch of this batter I mixed it up twice for each of the 2 layers when making that size cake.  

Singerssoul Posted 23 Feb 2016 , 5:15am
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Quote by @Singerssoul on 1 day ago

I think you mean layers, if you mean a single 16" round cake. Tiers would mean several cakes of graduating sizes. My Wedding cakes are always 4 layers of cake with 3 layers of filling and are about 4" tall.   How many people are they looking to feed?  That will best dictate how much cake they will need.  Then you will be able to look at the options for tiers and configuration. 

Ack, Next time read better!  lol Sorry bout that!

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