Let's Talk Serving Sizes

In a previous blog I hinted at several areas of confusion that come with ordering a custom cake. If you missed that issue or just feel so compelled by my writing, here's the link for your convenience. Today's blog is going to be addressing one of those areas in the hopes that I can shed a little light on how cake serving sizes work; because if you're not in the business of cutting cake it can be a little intimidating. That is (more or less) my business and I personally don't like doing it. The worst part about showing up to any party where people associate me a the cake girl is being asked to cut the cake. Of course, I do... but I don't like it outside of the recognition of my little business. Anyways, I have serving sizes explained on my website but I also feel it's important that my clients and potential clients know that I didn't just make this stuff up. Let me explain why I stress it's importance. Knowing how many slices you need to get out of your cake is one of the first steps that I recommend communicating when purchasing a cake be it custom or from Costco. There is always a variance in who all will actually eat a slice, or possibly eat more than their fair share, but in general a rough headcount of guests is the perfect starting point.


The reason why this is one of my first questions is because the size of the cake (as well as the shape) is often directly linked with what kind of decoration can be accommodated on the space provided. When I spell it out, it's easy to realize that six zoo animal figures, several trees and a fence all crafted out of fondant simply will not fit on top of a single layer 6" cake. You'd be surprised how many requests like this I get for small parties. And I get it - if you have your heart set on an elaborate cake, I'm more than happy to make that happen for you but we have to talk about what those options look like realistically. Even more importantly to most: how to stay within your budget. So here's the information you need to start planning the cake of your dreams for any special occasion. Get excited.


A single layer will be cut according to what is traditionally known as "Celebration Cuts". These slices are roughly 2x2 inches. These are applicable to sheet cakes and obviously any cake that is only one layer tall. Double layers are cut according to what is commonly refereed to as "Wedding Cuts". The name came from the fact that most wedding cakes are at least a double layer in each tier although I have seen a trend in more recent years where this is not always a given. Regardless, these cuts are based off of a 1x2 inch grid to balance out the servings. I assure you, I didn't make this up. If you ever question how to get as many servings out of a cake as I say you can I am more than happy to share a drawing of the cuts with you. I think I may actually just add these illustrations to my site eventually for clarification. Keep in mind these serving sizes are standard but suggested. I will not judge you if your servings are bigger and you get fewer slices. If you feel you need a bigger cake, we can absolutely make that happen during our planning conversations for your order.


One way to increase your serving sizes without upping the whole order to the next size cake is to add on an order or two of cupcakes. This is a little trick that is a quick and simple fix that I can easily accommodate as part of your order. I can also decorate them to match your cake order so they don't look disjointed on the table together. These servings are a little more guaranteed than the slices if the above cutting explanation makes you uncomfortable in any way. This fix also allows you to try another flavor, if you'd like. So that's fun.


Now that you know more about how the serving sizes work, there is still one burning question that undoubtedly is keeping you glued to the screen reading right now. "What's the difference between a single layer and a double layer?" Okay, maybe not a burning question but an important one. One that a fair amount of my clients don't even realize is a point of conversation until I point out that some of the cakes they are sending as references are much taller than a single layer. Aside from the obvious (serving size) this is most important for design reasons as it effects the aesthetics regarding things like topper proportions and chocolate drips or other side details - but if you've made it through this blog so far then you already knew that. The only other burning question (Haha just kidding. It's not burning either) is "What's the difference between a layer and a tier?" and that is a question for another blog. Probably the March blog so be on the lookout.


Of course, I'm always more than happy to help build your order to make sure to get enough but not more than you need. Don't ever hesitate to reach out with ideas that you love and let me do the work of figuring out sizes and what kind of decoration I can make happen for you based off your individual style and theme for whatever the celebration may be.


Thanks so much for reading and if you have any questions/ideas you want me to address in this blog, or even just back to you personally, please always feel free to reach out to me via email at outpast2@gmail.com

Single layer vs double layer visual reference




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