Requests for my cakes usually go like this: “I want to order a cake for a birthday, how much will it cost?” Well, this is a loaded question. Why? Well, because there is not set price for a standard cake. First off, our cakes at Sugar-SugarCakes.Com are never standard. We are a custom cake boutique so you will not get a standard “sheet cake” or simple round cake with plastic figurines. The only thing plastic here is… um, well…, no matter, that’s a story for another day! So when I get a special request for a specific design, my question after “do you want fondant or buttercream?”, is the: “Is there a special design that you want?” And, finally, “how many servings do you need?” Therein lies the tricky question.
Servings come in all shapes and sizes. If you have a family that is not particularly into sweets, well then you can figure that a 6″ cake will feed 10 people. If, however, you are Cuban or really enjoy cake, then you can figure that said little 6 inch cake will feed grandma Tina (my mom) and maybe my husband. Both love cake – a lot! Add to this the question of whether it’s a birthday cake or a wedding cake and given the sad fact that wedding cake servings are nearly see through, and birthday cake servings are a lot healthier (and by that I mean big), well, you can see the conundrum.
So in an effort to clarify the servings question, I am providing some serving charts that just may help clear up the confusion – or could create more confusion, I don’t know.
Here is a wedding serving chart by weddingbuddy.net. Keep in mind that wedding slices are calculated to be thin (1/2 – 1 inch and I’ve seen thinner), so if you have a big family that likes cake, well, then you may just need to order a little extra! Also, if you want to keep that top-tier for your anniversary, well, then that’s another thing to consider. See how this can get confusing?
Next is a more realistic serving chart for all occasions. This is by MauiWeddingcakes.Com and it really shows you the difference between the smaller “traditional” wedding cake slices (above) and a more hearty cake slice (below).
As you can see, cutting also has an impact on how many servings you can get out of a cake.
Now this is how I cut my cakes, and how serving sizes are actually determined. Personally, on any cake 8″ and over I cut a circle inside the cake and that way the outside slices are more rectangular in shape and you can get a few more slices from the cake without them being paper-thin slices! For an example of what I mean, refer to the drawing below! This chart by www.apnimarzi.com, demonstrates how best to cut your cake, where you get the most out of it, while still not depriving your guests of the delicious sweetness! This particular cutting example works well with cakes 8-12″. The larger the cake the more “inner circles” you may wish to cut.
Again, you know your guests and family best. There will always be a few that don’t like cake (really?) or those that are on some ridiculous diet that deprives them of eating cake – whatever! But you will ALWAYS have a grandma Tina or an Uncle Joe that eats more than 1 and often more than 2 slices (and takes some home for later)! Hope you find this helpful. Now go eat some cake!