Cake Pan Question

Decorating By steffb Updated 9 Jan 2013 , 12:44am by melanie-1221

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steffb Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 12:15am
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I am making a hexagon shaped cake for 100 people.  I make my cakes 3 layers of cake, 2 layers of filling.  The top tier is for the bride / groom.  What size cake pans do I need?  This is my first hexagon cake and I need to buy the pans and the cutting charts I find are for 2 layer cakes only.


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-K8memphis Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 12:40am
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the footprint of the tier determines the amount of servings so whether the individual tier is 3inches tall or 5 inches tall you get the same number of servings.


pans can come in different depths so it just depends on which you prefer as a baker as to which set you purchase


has nothing to do necessarily with the layers you create


i think there's more than one way to price a tier cake.


  • by the number of servings is one way 
  • by the profile of the cake is another way


for a hex cake that needs to feed 100 plus top tier i would explain that in this case they are buying a profile


not purchasing according to amount of servings.


i'd charge them for all servings involved for whatever set of hex pans i bought--it's a 4 tier set


some are in 2 inch increments and wilton is in 3 inch increments--but they buy all the servings in this case to get the profile, the hex shape they want


if i hand cut the hex cakes so they get the exact number of servings i would bust the price out so that the regular pan sizes would be cheaper anyhow


that's how i do it

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melanie-1221 Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 12:44am
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The way I calculate this cake would be 4 tier, the top not included in servings. I also use 3 cake layers and 2 filling.

The closest I can come to 100 servings in this shape pan is 98 servings using a 12, 10, 8 , and 6 inch hexagon pan .

I use the wilton pans, someone may know of another brand with varying sizes that could possibly offer a 4 inch pan for your top tier to boost the servings over 100 by using the 6 inch to serve. 


Hope this helps.

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