Cake Yield-How Much To Feed 400

Decorating By lauriekailee Updated 8 Jul 2011 , 5:49am by CWR41

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lauriekailee Posted 8 Jul 2011 , 12:20am
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I need to make a round tiered cake for 400 people. Can anyone give me n idea of how many tiers, and what sizes I need to feed that many? The largest round pan I have is 12", but I will buy bigger if I have to. I usually make them with 3 o 4 levels in each tier.

I have been trying to find the info, but it gets confusing!

Thanks for your help guys!!

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crushed Posted 8 Jul 2011 , 1:36am
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It looks like you'd need an 18", 16", 14", 12", 10", 8" would give you 425 servings (this assumes a 4" high tier). If you take off the 8", you'd have just 400, give or take a serving.

You could always go smaller for the display cake and have kitchen cakes (sheet cakes layered to be 4" tall) in the back to be cut. So you could do a 14", 12", 10", 8" and a 6" plus 2 half sheet (12x1icon_cool.gif kitchen cakes and that would take you to 427 servings.

Hope that helps!

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CWR41 Posted 8 Jul 2011 , 5:49am
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Originally Posted by lauriekailee

I have been trying to find the info, but it gets confusing!

If you're going to use an 18" base cake, it really needs to be taller than 4" to look proportionate. The 18" half round pan is 3" deep. If you make it 6" tall (with a board in the middle at 3" to serve 3" tall servings), it serves 254 by itself (1"x2"x3").

If you'd rather not buy a bunch of larger pans, you could arrange smaller tiers to make up the base cake and come up with a setup much like this:


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