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Cake Serving Chart Guide – Cake Decorating Basics
As a Cake Decorator we all need basic Cake Serving Chart Guides and Popular Tier Combination guides that are necessary when conducting a Cake Consultation. 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 would be to do your homework before the client comes for a cake consultation. Which means have your cake sizes ready so you would not be looking for it wondering how many does that serve. Plus, it gives you a better understanding of what and 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 ones 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 the Wedding cake servings size of 1″ x 2″ portion. Which is different from the Party size serving portion of 1.5 x 2 ” or smaller. So these are wedding cake serving size of cakes. 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 weather 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.
For example –
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
Another 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.