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How many will it serve?
 Posted: 22 February 2010 04:57 PM [ Ignore ]
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Sorry, I edited this post already!  You are all so kind to respond so quickly.  : )

I have been asked to make a sheet cake for a St. Patrick’s dinner.  I plan to make an 11x17 cake, 2 layers.  Up to how many will this serve?  I must be blind, because if there is a reference to this in either the Cake Bible or Heavenly Cakes, I cannot find it.  Thanks!

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 Posted: 22 February 2010 05:09 PM [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I always just try to visualize how big I want one slice to be, and figure it out from there. For example, if you wanted small 2 x2 slices, then you could get 108 portions—12 across and 9 down, 12x9=108

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 Posted: 22 February 2010 05:10 PM [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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...3x3 would be 48 and so on…

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 Posted: 22 February 2010 05:17 PM [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Matthew, thanks, I think I get the math now.  11x17, 2x2 inch pieces - 8.5 x 5.5 = 46.75 servings. My math skills are not good, LOL.

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 Posted: 22 February 2010 05:21 PM [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Yes, that’s right, will that be big enough slices?  Before you updated, I was thinking that first cake was going to be really big!

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 Posted: 22 February 2010 05:25 PM [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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My brain wasn’t in gear, LOL.  It will have to be big enough slices. I think there will be more desserts there as well.  Or I shall have to make two cakes, yikes.  I don’t know how many people will be coming yet.

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 Posted: 22 February 2010 05:35 PM [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Yes, will help for planning when you know the final number. Also wanted to point out that in reality, you’ll probably only get 40 servings: 5 slices down the 11’’ side and 8 across the 17’’ unless you get really particular about the 2 inch slices, then you would have some 1x2 slices leftover (just because 11 x 17 isn’t evenly divided by 2).

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 Posted: 22 February 2010 05:56 PM [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Thanks, appreciate your help.  : )

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