When someone wants/orders a sheetcake, do they typically think of it as a single or a 2-layer cake? I am newer to cake decorating and sheetcakes are not my specialty. I prefer the more 3-D and fondant decorated cakes. So, when I have someone wanting a sheet cake, I never know if I should figure it is one or 2-layer. A "typical" sheetcake is one layer or 2?
Sheet cakes can have any number of layers, usually between 1-3. When you sell a sheet cake product offering the description should include both the size and the number of layers.
If people are just ordering a sheet cake for a birthday party or something like that they usually just think it's going to be one layer, in my expereince. For weddings they want it to be two layers so that it looks like the wedding cake when it's cut.
My regulars are two layer and I offer 4 layer.
It depends on your area Many places consider a sheet just one layer of cake topped w/icing. Other will split and fill that single layer while still other will bake 2 layers for a bigger cake. You should develop your own 'style' but be sure to charge more if you choose to fill and for how much cake you are giving them (2 layers for a cake 4" tall).
Mine are two layers of cake with their choice of filling (all homemade, not sleeve stuff). It makes an otherwise ordinary cake taste awesome and sets my cakes apart from the rest.