Monday, February 27, 2012

Cake Serving Chart

Cake serving charts can give very different counts as far as how many servings you get per tier. The standard cake serving is supposed to be 1"x2"x the height of the cake (usually 4") so that one servings is 8 cubic inches of cake.

(As an aside, if you're eating bigger pieces than that you're having more than one serving, sorry.)

The problem with charts, though, is that different charts give you different serving counts. The classic is the Wilton chart, but that doesn't really give you 8 cubic inches of cake per serving. The most-used alternative is Earlene Moore's chart, which does give you 8 cubic inches.

However...Most people cut wedding cake smaller than Earlene's chart dictates, and I've seen wedding cake cut so thin it's about 1/2" thick, not 1".

I asked one guy at a venue where I was delivering how they cut the cake, and he said that they start on the smaller side, then wait to see how many people are coming to get cake. If it isn't many, they cut the pieces larger. If it's a lot, they cut them smaller.

Well, there goes any consistency.

So when I sell wedding cakes, I give a serving range. Depending on how the venue cuts the cake, I tell the brides, this is how many servings you can expect to get out of it. They can then decide if they want to go smaller or larger based on whether they'll have other desserts, whether their guests are big cake eaters, etc etc.

I put together a chart that has the high and the low end of the servings for different tier combinations. I don't know where the original chart came from, but I altered it to include some odd pan sizes and different tier combinations.

The low end is based on marking off 1"x2" spaces on an actual cake pan, and the high end is based on Wilton. You can see that the range is pretty wide for some tier combinations, so that's why I give a range and let the bride decide. I apologize in advance for any math errors...If you find any let me know.

(Keep in mind that this chart includes the top tier, so if the bride wants to save that you should subtract that out for the guest servings.)


Click on the chart to download in its original size


Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA

4 comments:

Beki G said...

I really like your serving chart. It definitely seems the most accurate from what I've seen!

Lorie Collins said...

Do you have a party size serving chart?

Kara Buntin said...
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Kara Buntin said...

Lorie, I calculate every serving for any reason exactly the same way. If you start saying that a cake will serve 15 people at a wedding but only 10 at a party, why should anyone pay for the wedding serving price if you charge by the serving? The size of one serving of cake is 1"x2" x the height of the cake (usually 4"), or 2"x2" for a one-layer sheet cake...I tell people that if they want more cake they can order more, but it doesn't make financial sense for you to have wedding vs. party servings as long as the cake is cut to those sizes at every event. Like I said in the article, you don't really have any control over how it's cut, but if people cut it the way you tell them that should be a big enough serving for anyone unless they're a total glutton, and that's not your fault!