Thank you MP. That butter cake is a good idea…..I was wondering what size to make the tiers.
Well, given that you are trying to make a cake to serve about 50 people it seems like a three-tiered cake will be a lot of cake, even with small cakes for each tier. According to the table near the back of TCB, a two-layer 9” cake should serve 45 people, so two more tiers each being smaller will still be a lot of cake. However, I thought someone once told me that serving portions in that table were a typo and meant for a different number of layers. I could be wrong and I hope someone will chime in if I’m wrong about that. I suppose each tier could be a single layer, but if you are doing two layers per tier and the serving table in the back is correct, I would not go any larger than a 10” for the bottom, an 8” for the middle, and a 6” for the top. According to my math, and assuming the serving portions the back are correct, this will give you a little more than double what you need for 50 people. I guess each guest could take some with them to help with all the extra cake. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful. Hopefully others will add to this discussion and give you better advice. Good luck!