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The smallest bottom tier you would do.

post #1 of 16
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Well I'll start by saying I don't do tiered magic yet. But I was wondering. When clients come in with requests for multiple tiers, what makes you determine if they get the " you're crazy " look?

 

( Let's say you owned everything possible to make any size and shape )

 

What is the smallest bottom tier for a multi tiered cake in your opinion ? Or what is the minimum servings you will accept to build 3 tiers or more. If someone wants a tiered cake for 30 people, do you force their opinion so they get a 9' cake or you get them a 4'-5'-6' like they want, even if it may look wonky to some people.

 

On the opposite spectrum, how high. Let's say someone want's 145 servings. You could bake a 9'-11'-13' rounds, but what if the client asked for 4'-5'-6'-7'-8'-9'-10' ( serves 145 ) do they get the crazy look ? Of course the later would require more work and a higher price tag, but would you try to get away with doing the 9'-11'-13'?

 

Feel free to chance servings / shapes / sizes or whatever. I'm not trying to " price that cake " here haha I'm wondering when you would be like, No.

 

Oh and let's pretend you showed them dummies representing what they are thinking about and they still think it's awesome.

post #2 of 16

I will go no smaller than a 6" and 8" for a tiered cake, and I sell it as 30 portions. I am not faffing around with 4" cakes to make a 3 tier...if they want 3 tiers, they have to go 6, 8, 10" with me. Unless they offer me a limitless budget of course...

post #3 of 16

A 9" round is usually significantly cheaper than a 2 tier cake to give the same number of portions...

 

...  that's usually the deciding factor for my customers!

 

According to my portions chart, a 9" round will give approximately 27 'party portions' (ie 2" x 1" x depth of cake).

 

A 4" + 6" + 8" cake will give around 34 portions.

 

There's at least £50 (approx $75) difference between them, though!!!! icon_wink.gif
 

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post #4 of 16

I do small tiered cakes often. Smallest bottom tier I've done is a 5", so it was a 3-4-5. But it was a specific request. I do 4-6-8's a lot, I've done 5-6-7's...they're fun if you're into that kind of thing. Average price for the smallest ones is about $275. They're cute and fun, but they aren't any less work than a three tier that serves twice as many. You're still baking, icing, decorating 3 tiers of cake. It should not be any cheaper.

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post #5 of 16

Actually, they're about $300 and up. I looked and haven't had a three tier of any size for less than that in 2 years.

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post #6 of 16

smallest I have done is a 2 tier 4 and 6 :)

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And they're so stinkin' cute!
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post #8 of 16
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5am on a Saturday, where's my bed!?

 

But seriously, I love the look of smaller versions of cakes and pastries, I really enjoy doing things small. Assuming the price reflected the product, I really wouldn't have an issue with any size or shape.

post #9 of 16

I personally love a seven , five three . But have used a five and a three as a bottom tier. I have tins all the way down to one and a half . 

post #10 of 16

How the F do you guys ice a cake that dang small?  I think I would go nuts doing something that tiny. LOL!

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5am on a Saturday, where's my bed!?

 

But seriously, I love the look of smaller versions of cakes and pastries, I really enjoy doing things small. Assuming the price reflected the product, I really wouldn't have an issue with any size or shape.

Exactly. They are not cheap, or priced per serving. 

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post #12 of 16

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yuma_couture_cakes/8176445276/

 

This has a 7" for a bottom tier. There's another thread about not doing tiers that are less than 2" difference, and I always respectfully (sometimes not-oops) disagree with. It doesn't work with every design, but it does with some. This is a 4-5-6-7.

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 but what if the client asked for 4'-5'-6'-7'-8'-9'-10' ( serves 145 ) do they get the crazy look ? 

 

 

I've done that! Here it is--

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yuma_couture_cakes/5583963950/sizes/l/

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post #14 of 16

I love those!

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Wicked haha !

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