I'm using Earlene's chart for sizing (http://www.earlenescakes.com/ckserchart.htm), because the cake is the only dessert or sweet being served, and I definitely want to make sure I have enough for everyone.
Here are my issues and limitations.
The cakes must be round (bride's request).
The largest pan my oven will fit is a 14" (and I don't want to use half pans).
The bride wishes to keep the top tier for her anniversary.
I can't do more than 4 tiers (transporting fully assembled and have height limitations).
Earlene's chart doesn't even list a wedding cake possibility that will serve 125 with a base 14" cake. Technically I could do a 14/12/10/8...that would serve 140. But handing my friend an 8" round top tier to take home sounds a bit ridiculously large.
I could really use some guidance from those who have made cakes this size before. I searched for existing answers, but found nothing with issues similar to my own.
And yes...I'll be having plenty of other questions about this cake in the coming weeks, so please bear with me. Already losing sleep over it and questioning my sanity in offering it!
Thanks so much in advance!