I am doing a birthday cake as a gift for a friend. He is having a big party at a restaurant for 80 guests. The meal will include a non-cake dessert. Since I am not charging for this cake I don't want to provide a huge cake which is not going to be eaten, so want to try and get the amount right.
How many servings are likely to be eaten do you think, realistically?
Realistically I would make 50 servings. Some people won't eat dessert at all, some will only eat the other dessert but a lot of them will eat both!
If the meal is including a dessert for everyone I'm not sure I'd bring a cake for them to cut. I'd feel bad if someone paid for 80 desserts and no one ate them.
What about doing a small cake for him to enjoy after the party?
They have asked me for the cake and I agreed on the basis it was going to be the present, they are looking for a show stopper, so I have to turn up with cake. But agree, 50 servings is probably plenty.