Tall Cakes or Extended Height cakes
Often I get asked what is the difference between tall cakes vs Double Barrel Cakes. A tall cake is usually just a cake whose height has been extended. Usually by adding one more layer. So instead of a two layer cake now you have a three layer cake.
For example : The bottom tier in this cake is a Extended height or tall cake of 6″ tall as compared to the top cake which is only four inches tall.
Most cakes are usually 2 layers of cake with a cake circle on the bottom.
The layers can be each 2 inches tall or 3 inches tall.
So they can be two layers making a 4 to 6 inches tall cake.
These do not need any additional support as long as they are on a good cake circle/board.
Tall Cakes – is a 6 inch tall cake with three layers of cake each 2 inch tall.
Usually you can stack the three layers on a single cake circle as shown in the diagram below. Such a 6 inch tall cake does not necessarily need any support dowel inside the cake.
They can still hold their weight as long as they have a Good cake circle below.
One that does not flex!!
Tall Cakes –
is again a 6 inch tall cake with three layers of cake.
If you split each layer into more layers, you will need to dowel and add a cake circle in between. Why?
So the bottom cake layers do not buckle under the weight of the top layers.
The more layers you add the more your structure becomes week hence the more support you need.
More layers means more movement hence even a center dowel becomes necessary so the layers stay stacked evenly.
Here’s a difference between a Standard and a tall cake.
Servings Sizes for tall cakes Vs Double Barrel Cakes
Tall Cakes – Well, it’s just one extra layer so it really only makes your cake taller. So each serving is a taller slice of cake not necessarily more servings.
Of course off the charts you could serve half a slice if it was family but in general you would want to give your guest a good one slice that starts from top to bottom. It’s more aesthetically pleasing. So;no commercially it does not add extra servings –
Financially it does add extra cake so I personally have different charges for my standard vs taller cakes.
In case of a Double Barrel – yes! It’s two full cakes with a cake board in between so it can be separated and served as two cakes . So you do have extra servings and you prices it as two cakes into one double barrel cake.
This is my recent Tip Thursday on Tall Cake. I hope you find it useful.
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