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Wedding Cake Size Guidelines

Want a Larger Cake?

Many brides want the look of a big wedding cake, yet they do not need that many servings for their size reception. Certain cake designs, such as tiers set on pillars, give the illusion of a larger cake.

Also, any cake design can be constructed using craft block or cardboard circle dummies. This gives the illusion of a larger cake without increasing serving sizes. If using cardboard circles, stack the amount you need for the desired height, tape together and wrap with foil. Decorate the dummy just like a real cake - first ice and seal with royal icing, then ice and decorate with buttercream icing to match the other tiers. If covering the dummy with fondant, a royal icing sealing is not necessary, but ice lightly in buttercream icing.

Want More Servings?

  • Add a larger base tier.
  • Increase the size of each tier. For example - change 14, 10, and 6 in. tiers to 16, 12, and 8 in.
  • Add satellite cakes. This gives a lavish effect on the reception table.
  • A bonus - the satellite cakes are easy to serve.
  • Have extra cake in the kitchen for extra servings. Sheet cakes are most economical and convenient to serve, and guests will not be able to tell the difference.

Need Fewer Servings?

  • Subtract a tier, usually the base tier.
  • Reduce the size of the tiers - change from 16, 12, and 8 in. tiers to 14, 10, and 6 in. tiers
  • Reduce the size of the satellite cakes. Instead of 12 in. satellites, use 10 in. Or reduce a 10 in. satellite to 8 in.