Need Help Getting The Number Of Servings Needed....

Decorating By yelle66 Updated 10 May 2009 , 5:50pm by yelle66

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yelle66 Posted 7 May 2009 , 1:11pm
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Okay, so I have a wedding cake coming up that is squares set on an angle on top of each other, so there has to be the 4" difference instead of 2". They need 250 servings and the way I figure it 16, 12, 8 serves 232 which is not enough (they definitely want 250). So, can I make them deeper cakes and get them to serve a little more? They will be served by a caterer at the event. Oh and otherwise I would have to go 18, 14, 10 and that serves 310.

Thanks so much for any help you can offer!


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Kiddiekakes Posted 7 May 2009 , 1:14pm
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Can you add a 6 inch on top?

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nonnyscakes Posted 7 May 2009 , 1:33pm
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If they are bent on the design, I'm not sure there is much you can do with the squares. They could have a 9x13 sheet cake or a 6" 2-layer square that could be cut and plated in the kitchen (??) and then served at the brides table as an addition. I think I would tell them that they have a couple of options:

1. 8", 12", 16" = 232 servings
2. 8", 12", 16" + 6" square = 250 servings
3. 8", 12", 16" + 9"x13" sheet cake = 277 servings
4. 10", 14", 18" = 310 servings

Then let them decide. JMO, HTH

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JanH Posted 7 May 2009 , 7:37pm
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I'm with lees_luv, let the bride decide which option she's happiest with. thumbs_up.gif

(You can't perform magic to get the number of servings they want from the design they've chosen.) icon_eek.gificon_lol.gif

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Butterfly27 Posted 7 May 2009 , 10:27pm
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I agree with everyone but also make sure you tell the bride that if she decides to go with a cake that feeds more than 250 people that you need to charge her for those extra servings as well. You don't want to give away free cake. icon_razz.gif

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indydebi Posted 7 May 2009 , 11:20pm
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When you say "at an angle", do you mean square-diamond-square, like this one:

Or "slightly askew", like this one:

The square-diamond-square is more restrictive in the sizes you can use, but the slightly-askew gives you more flexibility (you can place an 8" cake on top of a 10" cake this way, but 8 on top of 10 won't work on the square-diamond-square set up).

I have explained this to brides and they've had no problem going with the slightly-askew set-up.

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CourtneysSweets Posted 8 May 2009 , 3:31am
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great info. icon_smile.gif

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sweetcakes Posted 8 May 2009 , 3:35am
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i was going to say exactly what indydebi said. cut yours self some paper squares so you can see how they will sit. they will look better askew anyway.

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yelle66 Posted 10 May 2009 , 5:50pm
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Indy, thanks so much for the info. That is actually exactly what I offered her and she was fine with it. I think she didn't know that was an option. The first baker she went to said she couldn't do the square-diamond cake for more than 148 servings, so I think she was a little confused.


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