How many guests will my cake serve?
Personally, I think these slices look a bit small. I'm a cake person and if I'm following these serving charts, I would need at least 3 servings to be satisfied!
Serving Guide -
Wedding Cake Cutting Guide
This guide shows how to cut popular shaped wedding tiers into pieces approximately 1 in. x 2 in. by two layers high (about 4 in.). Even if a larger serving size is desired, the order of cutting is still the same. The first step in cutting is to remove the top tier, and then begin the cutting with the 2nd tier followed by the 3rd, 4th and so on. The top tier is usually saved for the first anniversary, so it is not calculated into the
Move in two inches from the tier's outer edge; cut a circle and then slice 1
in. pieces within the circle. Now move in another 2 in., cut another circle,
slice 1 in. pieces and so on until the tier is completely cut. The center
core of each tier and the small top tier can be cut into 3rds, 4ths, and
6ths, depending on size.
Move in 2 in. from the outer edge and cut across. Then slice 1 in. pieces of
cake. Now move in another 2 in. and slice again until the entire tier is
|Heart Tiers: |
Divide the tiers vertically into 1/2ths, 4ths, 6ths and 8ths. Within rows,
slice 1 in. pieces of cake.
Cut similar to round tiers as diagram shows.
Now move in another 2 in. and slice again until the entire tier is cut.
Move in 2 in. from the outer edge and cut across. Then slice 1 in. pieces of cake. Now move in another 2 in. and slice again until the entire tier is cut.
A few cake bakeries:
If you are working with a tight budget there ARE a couple of bakeries charging less than $5/slice. I have been quoted from $300 - $800 for a cake for 40 guests from more popular bakeries.
If you are in the bay area (SF, San Jose, Oakland, and Albany)
One of my favorite bakeries is "Sheng-Kee". It's a chinese chain bakery. I was quoted $200 for a 3 tier cake serving about 70. Their daily cakes look fancy and you could purchase a few of those for about $25/each (about 8 servings) for your dessert bar if you opt for a less traditional cake. You could place each one of those on cake stands for your tables as edible centerpieces.
I know of two locations for ABC, one in Oakland chinatown and one in San Francisco around the Sunset District. I personally like Sheng-Kee more because the last cake I had from ABC tasted a bit dry.
Oakland Wonder Food Co.
We often purchased our birthday cakes from this bakery in Oakland. I believe they are much cheaper than ABC and Sheng-Kee. Our last visit was maybe 8 years ago, so I'm not sure if the quality of the cakes have changed through the years.
There are also many places like Goldilocks, Sugar Bowl Bakery, Albertson's, Costco, and just about any bakery in Chinatown whether in Oakland or San Francisco are great places to find more affordable cakes.
Below is a list of more popular bakeries and pastry chefs around the area, specializing in "wedding" cakes. ($$$)
It's an attractive Italian bakery located near North Beach on the corner of Stockton Street.
Gerhard Michler, Fine European Desserts
Schubert's Bakery ($275.00 for 50-60 servings, 3 tier)