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# Number of servings for odd shaped cakes

I've been asked to make this cake and I am really struggling with how to figure the number of servings. She wants the top tier to be RKT so it is just the bottom two layers. I started with a 9" on the bottom but it looks like it is taller than the usual 2 layers. I was thinking I could use the Wilton soccer ball pan to make the 2 halves of the pumpkin. The number I came up with just doesn't seem right. I would love to get some input on how others calculate these unusual cakes. Thanks.

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Originally Posted by tami517a

I've been asked to make this cake and I am really struggling with how to figure the number of servings. She wants the top tier to be RKT so it is just the bottom two layers. I started with a 9" on the bottom but it looks like it is taller than the usual 2 layers. I was thinking I could use the Wilton soccer ball pan to make the 2 halves of the pumpkin. The number I came up with just doesn't seem right. I would love to get some input on how others calculate these unusual cakes. Thanks.

first of all, please remember to charge for whatever size cake you're starting out with, if you're carving out the shapes. In other words, if you carve an 8 inch cake down to a ball, be sure to charge for the 8 inch cake.

I would do a serving chart based on the rough shape of the cake cut into 2 inch servings, but, the Wilton ball pan is estimated at 12 servings.

That cake is probably smaller than you think. The wilton ball pan is only 6 inches across, so an 8 inch cake on the bottom would give you one inch all the way around, which is how that cake looks. You're going to have to look at your proportions to come up with your final serving.

how many servings do you need?

She didn't say how many servings she needs. That would be a good question to ask! She just sent me the picture of what she wants. I was trying to use the servings as a guide to the cost of the cake. Thanks for the reply.

Handy Tip: One must always find out the date of the party and the number of servings before anything else at all  happens.

Did she say why she wants the top tier to be RKT?   Because I would take a styrofoam ball and cover it in fondant.  It will be a lot easier than carving the RKT.

Debbie - US Army (Retired) --aka "The Cake Sarge"

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Debbie - US Army (Retired) --aka "The Cake Sarge"

Good Cake Ain't Cheap! Cheap Cake Ain't Good!

She didn't. That was my suggestion. I find that kids get a big kick out of something made from RKT. Making it harder than it has to be! Lol

I plan to use the Wilton soccer ball pan that takes a box of mix for each half. It's bigger than the 6" round ball pan (about 8 or 9" across I think). I thought about using the smaller one as the cauldron since she is worried there will not be enough cake. I came up with 88 servings for the 2 bottom tiers (3 layers of 9" + 2 ball halves). Plus 12 servings for the top layer (just for pricing). Does that sound close? I'm just not trusting my math.

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