bridal shower cake size?
Posted: 01 August 2008 01:21 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi All.  I am very new to cake baking/decorating.
I am making a bridal shower cake that will need to serve between 16-18 people.  From what I’ve been reading a 8in round would suffice for this amount.  Should I use wedding sized servings for this occasion?  Seems like it would be too small, I honestly don’t know.  Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Posted: 01 August 2008 02:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Hi Shannon - welcome!  Yes, you can get about 16 portions from an 8” cake… I’d probably go with a 9” instead.  Draw yourself a diagram on paper to see exactly how large each wedge will be.  Also, consider these factors… will the party be held during a meal time?  how much food will be served?  will other desserts be served? etc.

My family likes larger sized pieces of cake, so for 16-18 fairly normal sized servings I would probably make a 2-tiered cake that consisted of an 8-inch base (to serve 12) with a 6-inch stacked on top (to serve 8).

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Posted: 01 August 2008 04:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Hi Shannon,

I would do a 10 inch, personally, and then if more people show up you can slice it bridal style with slightly larger servings. Or if you are comfortable stacking take patrincia’s suggestion of a small tiered cake. it will look very glam, considering that most tiered cakes only show up at weddings!

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Posted: 01 August 2008 05:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Oh yes, as Jen68 said, a 10” cake would certainly work - just be sure the 5-inch wide cake slices will fit on the dessert plates you plan to use. 

I used to think tiered cakes were just for weddings, but after researching many cake blogs, shows, books, and dvds, I’ve learned that tiered cakes are served at every kind of function, from the most elegant wedding reception to the most basic kids birthday party.  Whatever you’re comfortable doing will be great - have fun and we hope you’ll post a photo of the finished cake!

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Posted: 01 August 2008 08:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Patricia is right about the size of the dessert plates. I made a 10” cake for my daughter’s b’day last Saturday and the slices were pretty big. If you are using one of Rose’s recipes, her cakes are quite high. I have attached a pic of the cake just to give you an idea of how big it is. Don’t mind the pink table cloth in the background. One of the kids moms held it up so the candles won’t blow out. It was very windy. Pls post pics of your cake and good luck.

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Posted: 01 August 2008 09:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I did my first cake for a customer, an acquaintance from school.  It was a wedding shower, and she originally said around 30 people.  She had a beach theme and I came up with a beach cake.  But my “vision” for the cake really would have served about 75 according to Rose’s calculations.  But it was what I felt it should be.  I wan’t charging by the serving anyway.

They loved it, said it tasted fabulous and commented “this cake is going to look nicer than the wedding cake”

Here is the link to the show and tell forum thread: http://www.realbakingwithrose.com/index_ee.php/forums/viewthread/401/  The cake is a two-layer 10” with a bucket carved out of 3 - 6” layers.  I think two were 2” and one was about 1.5”.  They said they made a good dent in it, and put some in the freezer for later.

So . . .

I like Patrincia’s suggestion of a small tiered cake.  Since you don’t see them sitting in the bakery windows, it shows right off that this is a cake to look forward to.  It also opens up more decorating options.  And who doesn’t like leftover cake?

Keep us posted.

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Posted: 01 August 2008 10:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Rozanne - 01 August 2008 11:01 PM

Patricia is right about the size of the dessert plates. I made a 10” cake for my daughter’s b’day last Saturday and the slices were pretty big. If you are using one of Rose’s recipes, her cakes are quite high. I have attached a pic of the cake just to give you an idea of how big it is. Don’t mind the pink table cloth in the background. One of the kids moms held it up so the candles won’t blow out. It was very windy. Pls post pics of your cake and good luck.

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Great cake Rozanne!  I bet your daughter was so pleased smile.

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Posted: 01 August 2008 11:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Thank you Patricia. And yes, my daughter was so happy with it. It made my day when she hugged me and thanked me a million times.

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