Wedding Cake Sizes
Your imagination and budget is the limit when it comes to sizes of wedding cakes. Everyone wants a large and beautiful cake, but you also don’t want too much cake leftover after the wedding reception. Your baker will help you to decide on the proper size of cake for the number of guests you are expecting. Cakes are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and many bakers have been doubling as artists in recent years.
Themed weddings have seen various shapes and sizes from cakes that look like a pile of wedding gifts to replicas of Disneyland. Just remember, the more elaborate and time consuming it will be to make your cake, the more expensive it will be. If you are flipping through bridal magazines and see one that you like, feel free to take it to your baker and get an estimate on the cost of the cake.
small wedding, BIG CAKE
If you are having a small wedding, but you want the cake to appear large consider setting the tiers on individual pillars. This will give the cake height and you won’t be stuck with a large amount of leftover cake. Another option is to have a two or three tier cake and add additional tiers with decorated cardboard circles. Many bakeries are doing this for couples that want the look of a big wedding cake, but dont need the extra cake. When they are done with the cardboard tiers your guests will never know that they are cardboard.
More Servings, Less Tiers
If you want more servings without adding additional tiers, you can simply add a larger base tier. Traditional tier sizes are 14, 10 and 6 inches. Have the baker make the tiers larger at 16, 12 and 8 inches. You can also use satellite cakes. These are smaller cakes that sit by the main cake and they are very easy to serve. They could also serve as centrepieces on tables as well. If you have found just the right cake, but you are afraid that you will still need more servings, have the baker make a sheet cake that will be kept in the reception hall kitchen. The cake can be made of the same cake flavour and icing design. This is also a very economical option and very easy to serve.
If you need fewer servings, you can usually subtract the base tier. You can also have the other tier sizes reduced. If you planned on having satellite cakes, you can also have them made smaller as well.
As a general guideline, the cakes that are oval can run 7 Ύ x 5 3/8, 10 Ύ x 7 7/8, 13 ½ x 9 7/8 or 16 ½ x 12 3/8. These sizes serve 13, 26, 45 and 70 respectively. Round cakes can be 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 and 16. These serve 12, 24, 32, 38, 56, 78 and 100 servings respectively. Square cakes may be 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18. These sizes feed 18, 32, 50, 72, 98, 128 and 162 guests respectively.