How much cake do your really need?
This is the number one questions I get asked by customers and for cakes that are priced per serving and design complexity that is understandable. Most of our cakes have standard servings. Want to skip our explanations and get your hand on our freebie? Get our Cake Serving Guide to know what size of cake you'll need for your guest count.
The question I want to answer here is how much cake you need, but if you want to know why cakes are priced per serving and design complexity let me know in the comments below.
So back to the question at hand. There is no one answer. It depends on 3 factors.
You guest count.
If you have an intimate party with less then 50 guests, bets are you know every one of them. You'll know if Auntie Happy is on that green juice diet (again) and won't be eating cake. So you'll have a pretty accurate amount of servings. You'll need a cake closest to that amount of serving.
If you have an event with a 50+ guest count we have the advice to get a cake for 70-85% of the guest total. There will always be a few who don't eat cake, so this will be enough and you won't be stuck with (that many) leftovers.
When you'll be serving your cake.
Will you serve it at around noon with just coffee/tea, will you have it after your reception with champagne or will you be serving it as dessert after dinner?
This mainly affects the slice size, and therefore the serving that each cake will give you. In our free Cake Serving Guide, you'll find two ways of cutting your cake. The party style is for when the cake is the main event. The wedding style is for when your cake is part of a larger meal or just a sweet in between. Sidenote: we base all our pricing on wedding style cutting.
Will there be other sweets and desserts?
If you have a cake as a main and for example sweets, as sides, we would advise having a small serving of the cake and 2 sweets per person. You could have enough for 70% of your total guest count for celebrations with more than 50 guests.
As you can see, there's no straight forward answer. We always discuss the servings with our customers as one of the first things because that is usually leading for cake size and starting price. To simplify the process we've made a free Cake Serving Guide for you.
Let us know in the comments below or send us an email.
Have a Happy Day,