Serving Guide For Tall Cakes??

Decorating By korkyo Updated 8 Jan 2009 , 4:14pm by Toptier

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korkyo Posted 3 Jan 2009 , 10:15pm
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I love the look of the taller 3 layer cakes used for wedding cakes. I have no idea how to figure the servings and how does the serving size change for cutting.

Does anyone have a chart for this and a cutting how to?

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sweetcakes Posted 4 Jan 2009 , 6:05pm
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taller tiers dont mean you can get more servings it only means the servings cost more. if your cake tiers are now 50% taller then normal you need to charge 50% more per serving or more since tall teirs are 'special' and not the norm.

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korkyo Posted 7 Jan 2009 , 11:47pm
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SOooooo.. if the cake looks like it is 3 full layers of cake per tier I would use the same serving chart I have but add to the price.

Am I understatding this right? That would make it a hard sell. Hummmmm...

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sweetcakes Posted 8 Jan 2009 , 2:36pm
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that exactly right. another thing to remember is cake is also served on t plates 5"-6" plates, so a serving of a tall cake may not fit

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gateauxdamour Posted 8 Jan 2009 , 3:08pm
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Good point about the plates!

The last "tall" cake I made was for hubbies graduation. I used the 3" pans, made 2 cakes. By the time I filled it with 3/4" - 1" of cookies & cream, which is a thick mixture which holds up stiff without a dam and then iced and decorated it, the one tier cake was roughly 8" tall. I planned to use some of my dinner plates for the dessert and boy was it necessary!

For a one tier cake, the "tall" cake is indeed dramatic! I've made multi-tiered cakes this way and it's gorgeous, but a handfull to say the least. When the bottom tier of a 3 tier cake requires 4 people to maneuver , that's a big honkin' cake overall!

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Toptier Posted 8 Jan 2009 , 4:14pm
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Well, if you're going for a cake that is 7-8" tall you can use two standard height cakes (each on a board) and stack them with supports. When serving you then have two cakes when you dismantle instead of one and twice the number of servings than if it is one tall cake.

If the cake is just 5-6" tall then I would imagine you could come up with a serving chart that is 20-40% more servings than a standard 4" however the problem becomes cuttings slices that are thinner than 1" wide (standard wedding cake slice) that would one wobbly, tall, thin piece of cake to manuever.

All the best!

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