Cake Serving Chart Guide – Popular Tier Combinations
As cake decorators, we all need basic cake serving charts and popular tier combination guides. They are necessary when conducting a cake consultation. Being prepared and having these charts on hand makes you look professional and gives you more confidence to conduct business with customers. These charts come in handy for me when I need a quick reference and I hope they will come in handy for you too.
Preparing for Cake Consultations
A very professional approach is to do your homework before the client comes for a cake consultation. This means having your cake sizes ready so you would know how many people does each cake serve. Plus, it gives you a better understanding of how much you need to charge, especially if you charge per serving like me.
You can read more about cake consultations on my post – How to conduct a cake consultation
Here are some basic chart guides that I find handy when I am doing my cake consultations. I do hope you find them useful too.
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Reference, Measure, Serving Size
These charts are based on a wedding cake servings size of 1″ x 2″ portion. It is different from the party size serving a portion of 1.5 x 2 ” or smaller. So, these are wedding cake serving sizes. These are 4″ to 6″ tall cakes, which means each layer is 2″ tall x 2 or 3 layers for each tier
Cakes from 3″ to 6″ high decorated as one cake would give the same number of servings because they follow the same pattern of cutting. So, yes whether a cake is 4 inches tall or 6 inches tall you would still serve it as one slice. You don’t usually split the slice. So while you use more cake, it’s a tall slice of cake and does not contribute to extra servings.
Anything smaller than 3″ tall would give only half the number of servings.
An 8″ round cake – 3″ / 4 ” /6″ tall will give you 24 servings but
An 8″ round cake – 2″ tall will give you only 12 servings.
Popular Tier Combinations
Additional information to keep handy is the most popular tier combinations. So you know which cakes work best together. Cakes stacked from border to narrow to the top are aesthetically more appealing. For example, a 12, 10, 8, 6 look more appealing than a 12,11, 6, 5 – just saying.