Bride wants a tiered cake for 120 people - I can't get 120 servings, I can get 118 with a 14" and a 12", but then the anniversary tier would either be too big or look funny because the proportion would be out of whack.
I can use a 12, 10, 8 and 6 and still only get 110 with no anniversary tier.
I can use 14, 10 and 8 and get 124 with a 6 anniversary tier - how do you think that would look?
ARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!! I HATE trying to figure out the right sizes to feed the right amount of people!!!!
I feel the same way you do so what I did was purchase all the odd sized pans. Really helps tremendously with this gnarly issue.
And box up a teensy little 4" anniversary cake (out of cake scraps or left over batter) that I deliver to the reception with the cake. So that way I can charge for all the servings. It's a marketable point to the bride where she can serve all her servings. I make the anniversary cake my gift to them and life is sweet.
Actually, I box up two 4" or 5" cakes, one for the honeymoon and one for the anniversary. It's basically the cost of the boxes and boards but you can get big customer service bang for it. Not to mention relieve the frustration of sizing the cake to fit the need.
Ooh - excellent idea for the anniversary and honeymoon cakes!!!
Do you have a chart for the serving sizes for the odd sized pans?
Anyone else out there have a standard chart they use for tiered cakes so they know what sizes to use for certain numbers of people? Debi maybe??
5" ~ 12
7" ~ 25
9" ~ 41
11" ~ 61
13" ~ 85
15" ~ 113
5" ~ 8
7" ~ 18
9" ~ 32
11" ~ 47
13" ~ 66
15" ~ 88
17" ~ 113