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!
Can you add a 6 inch on top?
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
I'm with lees_luv, let the bride decide which option she's happiest with.
(You can't perform magic to get the number of servings they want from the design they've chosen.)
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.
When you say "at an angle", do you mean square-diamond-square, like this one: http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=570903
Or "slightly askew", like this one: http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1199535
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.
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.
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.