## Is 9 X 13 A 1/4 Sheet Cake? How Big Is 1/2 Sheet Cake?

By DEBBIE157 Updated 10 Oct 2013 , 3:05pm by SweetSinsationz

DEBBIE157 Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 4:18pm
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And what the heck is a 'sheet'?

thanks
Debbie

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Tiababe Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 4:48pm
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I believe a 1/2 sheet cake is 12 x 18.

leily Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 5:03pm
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There is no right or wrong answer to this because every region seems to have different standards. The following are the ones I seem to see the most and the ones I use.

First I consider a sheet cake any cake that is only 2". I do not torte these, if they want filling they need to order a 4" cake.

1/4 = 9x12
1/2 = 12x18
Full = 18x24

HTH, but if a customer ask for a sheet cake (1/4, 1/2 or full) the first thing I ask is "How many people do you want to serve?" Most people have no idea what sizes these usually are they just use the jargon.

HTH

kiki36 Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 7:30pm
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So what is a 11x15x2?

bradleycake Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 7:53pm
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I consider the 11x15x2 to be 1/3 sheet cake.

wgoat5 Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 8:40pm
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8 x 12 1/4
12 x 18 1/2

if you notice the basic boards for a 1/4 is a 10 x 14 you can't really decorate a 9 x 13 on it without smooshing the decorations on the side when you try to deliver

kakeladi Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 9:07pm
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If you trace back the origin of the terms 'quarter, half & full' sheet cakes you will find a *true*
1/4 = 12x8x1 1/2"
1/2 = 12"x16"x1 1/2"
full - 24"x16"x 1 1/2"
They were based on the pans the old bakery already had on hand. As families grew smaller, they started cutting the cakes in 1/2; then in 1/2 again.

I always ask how many servings they need. I've had people call wanting a full sheet when they only need 10 -12 servings

DEBBIE157 Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 9:11pm
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THANK YOU to all of you who responded!!!!

Debbie

justsweet Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 9:18pm
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This is from article from over a year ago I keep on file

1/2 sheet to be 12 x 18 and you can get 40 - 48 pieces.

Full sheet pan Standard 24x16x2
3/4 sheet pan- 18X12X2
Half sheet pan Standard 16x12x2
Quarter sheet pan Standard 13x9

Quarter Sheets, Half Sheets, and Full Sheets Explained

The retail baking industry developed standard sizes for rectangular sheet cakes, beginning with their standard sheet pan size of 16â by 24â and dividing it into halves (half-sheet) or quarters (quarter-sheet). The manufacturers who supply paper and plastic items to the baking industry use these standard sizes to create a variety of cake boards, boxes, and domes.

In an effort to develop a unique market share, some manufacturers began promoting pans of slightly different sizes, selling mainly to home bakers through hobby and specialty stores. Since home bakers do not have the volume purchasing power of retail bakers, most of the paper and plastics manufacturers have not created boards or boxes to accommodate these sizes.

The bottom line: Boards and containers for sheet cakes will always be easier to find if you use the retail baking industry's standard size pans. You will save yourself a lot of frustration by sticking with the standards.

Baking and Paper Industry Standards; The sizes below are recognized as industry standards.

Quarter Sheet Cakes: 8 x 12 pan, 10 x 14 cardboard

Half Sheet Cakes: 12 x 16 pan, 13.5 to 14 x 18.5 cardboard

Full Sheet Cakes: 16 x 24 pan, 19 x 27 cardboard

Non-standard Sizes. These sizes are not standard sizes. Suitable boards and containers can be very difficult to find.

9 x 13 pan: We call it the âlarge quarterâ size. Very few of the paper suppliers carry the boards (11 x 15) and boxes (12 x 16) for cakes made in 9 x 13 pans.

10 x 15 pan: Use the standard half sheet boards and boxes

11 x 15 pan: Use the standard half sheet boards and boxes

12 x 18 pan: We call it the âlarge halfâ size. This size pan will not fit in most home ovens. Wilton sells a set of 14 x 20 boards that can be used with this pan, but they sell no boxes. If you cannot locate a âlarge halfâ board (14 x 20) and box (14.5 x 20.5), you will have to use full sheet boards and boxes.

CherryLane Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 9:25pm
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Here's what I use:

1/4 sheet 7x11x2
1/3 sheet 9x13x2
half sheet 11x15x2
3/4 sheet 12x18x2
Full sheet (2) 11x15x2 side by side
Extra large sheet (2) 12x18x2 side by side

And I get \$25.00 for a quater sheet cake

HTH

indydebi Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 11:36pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by leily

HTH, but if a customer ask for a sheet cake (1/4, 1/2 or full) the first thing I ask is "How many people do you want to serve?" Most people have no idea what sizes these usually are they just use the jargon.

Quote:
Originally Posted by kakeladi

I always ask how many servings they need. I've had people call wanting a full sheet when they only need 10 -12 servings

Totally agree with these two posts. I NEVER used the terms "half" or "full" because people have no idea what they're talking about. Don't get hung up on lables.....just find out how many people they need to serve and go from there.

SweetSinsationz Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 10:26pm
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what are the standard servings size for 1/4, 1/3, 1/2 & full?

CWR41 Posted 10 Oct 2013 , 1:26pm
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Quote:

Originally Posted by SweetSinsationz

what are the standard servings size for 1/4, 1/3, 1/2 & full?

Industry standard chart...

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

SweetSinsationz Posted 10 Oct 2013 , 2:43pm
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ive seen some people have square slabs (between 1/2 & 3/4 slabs) what size and serving amount would that be?? also - how would you create this size,

-K8memphis Posted 10 Oct 2013 , 3:01pm
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Quote:

Originally Posted by SweetSinsationz

what are the standard servings size for 1/4, 1/3, 1/2 & full?

Quote:

Originally Posted by CWR41

Industry standard chart...

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

yes great chart for two layer 'sheets'

industry standard for one layer sheets are

quarter 20-25

half-48-50

full- 98-100

it's a fraction  of 100 servings--a fraction of a full sheet

so

a third is 32

three quarters is 75

give or take

wilton introduced cake pans that would fit in home ovens

full sheets didn't fit so they accomodated home bakers with the sizes they could sell

SweetSinsationz Posted 10 Oct 2013 , 3:05pm
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makes sense, although I have a 36" stove so its no worry for me :D

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