This fun birthday cake was delivered to a sweet little girl having a Lalaloopsy themed party. She wanted a cake with Scoops Waffle Cone on it, so we purchased the mini version of the doll and placed her on the cake board on site. The cake design is similar to the character's ice cream shop. There was a lot of detail on and in this cake!
The bottom tier was Neopolitan - layers of Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry cake - filled with white chocolate buttercream. Normally, my cake tiers contain 4 layers and come to about 4.5 or 5" tall, but to make the flavors alternate evenly, I went with all 6 layers.
This tier came to 6.5" BEFORE the final coat of icing and fondant (ok, you can stop laughing at my ruler now). I love the contrast of the different layers, and I think this would make a great choice for a naked cake or barely iced cake.
The top tier was Cookies & Cream cake filled with vanilla buttercream. Here it is before the 4th layer was added. Mmmm... cookies.
And what ice cream shop would be complete without a little ice cream? I added a couple of treats ready to be picked up at the window.
I made a lot of fondant waffle cone for this cake as well. The roof of the first floor and the banner with the birthday girl's name were pressed with the back of a chopstick and the miniature cones were pressed with the end of a match stick. The roof was topped with chocolate sauce and sprinkles, of course!
The birthday girl was ready to eat as soon as I got the cake unboxed... can you blame her?
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Perfect for a country venue, this four tiered, rustic iced wedding cake served 130. It was accented with buttercream flowers in white and pinks.
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This weekend I made a boy's baby shower cake. I don't get to do them too often (for some reason I get more requests for girl's showers), so it was a lot of fun to complete this project! Mom-to-be is a hockey fan, but not of a specific team, so we went with a generic fondant jersey accented in blue on the bottom tier which also had fondant referee stripes. The top tier had baby's name framed in hockey sticks with hockey pucks and more sticks around the sides.
The cake was topped with a fondant hockey puck and skates. The only part of the hockey skates that were not edible was the interior of the blades.
The cake was my Chocolate Cookies & Cream recipe, it was filled with Cookies & Cream buttercream, and it was covered in vanilla buttercream. Dad to be picked up the cake which was great practice for driving with a baby in the back seat!
Clients often ask how much cake (or cupcakes) they should order, and there are a lot of variables that go into the answer to this question. You need to consider if the party is for kids or adults, if a meal and/or other desserts are going to be offered, and take into account that not every person who cuts a cake will divide it up the same way. While there are no strict rules on this topic, this is what I typically recommend to my clients.
Children's Birthday Parties and Other Children's Events
Generally at an event geared toward kids, every child in attendance will want a piece of cake. Every once in awhile I hear of a kid turning down their slice, but that's very rare. On top of the kids, usually around 80-90% of any adults in attendance will also have a piece of cake if it is offered to them.
Grown Up Parties
Events geared towards adults can be separated into two categories, those where a meal is physically being served to the guests and those where the food is self serve.
Seated / Served Meals
A party where a plated meal is served is the easiest to plan when it comes to serving amounts. At a seated event, like a wedding where the cake is sliced and served to the guests at their table by wait staff, enough cake should be ordered for each guest in attendance. The wait staff usually move fast when delivering plates, so even if a guest wanted to decline, their server will probably be off to the next table before they can say no thank you. At this type of event, I recommend enough cake be ordered to cover the RSVP count.
Self Serve Events
For parties where the guests are responsible for picking up their own piece of cake, I recommend cake only be ordered for about 85% of the head count. There are any number of reasons people don't eat cake at a party - they left before the cake was cut, they were having too much fun on the dance floor, they wanted to hang out at the bar instead, they were too full from dinner, they were on a diet... the list goes on. Whatever the reason, if it is not served to them, not everyone will have dessert.
Additional desserts being offered
If you are having a dessert table, the size of the cake can be reduced even further. Guests will still want to try the cake, but because they also want a sugar cookie and chocolate dipped marshmallow they expect the slice of cake to be smaller than usual. Depending on the amount of other dessert offerings, I typically recommend cake be ordered for about 65-70% of the head count.
The overall design of the cake may also dictate if additional servings are needed. For instance, if a wedding cake has a large waterfall of flowers trailing down the side of the cake, a good number of those outer portions will be cut away and not served. Once the flower picks are removed, you will be left with slices that look more like Swiss cheese than cake. Not what you want to serve to Great Aunt Edna.
Be sure to relay the final head count and the food details of your event to your baker at least two weeks in advance or more depending on their requirements.
Curious how many servings you should expect from the different size tiers? Check out the chart on our Resources page.
This elegant four tier white wedding cake was covered in buttercream and served 130. The bottom tier was covered in fondant rose petals, and the top and middle tiers were accented with fondant roses.
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This red velvet cake was covered in fondant and hand painted with icing colors to resemble a watermelon. The fun party cake was topped with a fondant watermelon slice that was missing a bite.
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Hi! I'm Melisa
I am the owner, baker, designer, decorator and all around 'one woman show' of Sweet By Design, a home based, custom cake bakery which is located just outside of Dallas, Texas. I hope to shed a little light on the wedding and event industry and make your day a little sweeter!
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