What size pans for a 4 tier cake for 200 people

In this picture is a 16 ,12 and  8 inch pans. 6 inch not shown

In this picture is a 16 ,12 and 8 inch pans. 6 inch not shown

What size square pans would I need for a 4 tier cake serving approx. 200 people?


I would go with a 16 inch base a 12 inch an 8 inch and a 6 inch. That will be plenty of cake to feed 200 guests. This is assuming that you will be making the cake tiers two layers with a filling. For a cake this size and this heavy you might want to take a look at the Cake Stackers, which is an internal support for cakes. I use them exclusively now. They take the worry and stress out of delivering and setting up. Take a look by Ashley
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

Hi there,

A couple I know asked me to make their wedding cake and are interested in a chocolate cake with a white buttercream covering (no fondant). I was hoping for some suggestions of combinations other than say, devils food cake with buttercream.

I'm really looking to incorporate coffee or some fresh fruits but am stuck on how the white buttercream can fit into the equation.

Thank you!


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Hope this helps you with deciding what size pans to use for your 4 tier wedding cake. If you want to share a picture of it afterwards please go to picture sharing and do that. We would love to see it.

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Mar 13, 2013
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400 guests
by: Aachera Weddings

I am planning a wedding for 400 guests. I am being asked to use a silver family heirloom plateau as the stand that has a top of 18 inches can I have the baker start with the bottom layer as a 17 inch layer and decrease the size of each layer by 2 inches to have all of the layers in one cake?

Thanks

Gratefully,

Kay

Mar 13, 2013
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wedding cake for 400 people
by: Lorelie

Hi Kay. I would start with a 16 inch and graduate it from there. This leaves a little more room on the plateau for a border and possibly other decorations. 16-14-12-10-8-6. This should do it. You can always have a back up cake if you want to make the cake smaller. A 16-12-8 looks nice as a three tier. I like the 4 inch difference better than the two inch. To my eye it looks better and there is more space for the border and decorations on each tier. But it depends on the design and personal taste.
Hope that helps.

Aug 11, 2014
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3 tiered cake to feed 300
by: Cindy

Hi I'm doing my nieces wedding cake in sept! She's feeding 300 and wants a three tiered stacked cake! I was wondering do you still use three layers for each tier! That's how I was taught but was watching a video on yu tube and it was showing 2 layers for each tier! Is that right? Thanks

Aug 20, 2014
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Layers
by: Lorelie

Hi Cindy You can do three. I usually do two with wedding cakes for stability reasons, but have also done three.

May 19, 2016
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Wedding Cake :)
by: Chloe

Hi,

I am making my friends wedding cake in November and I was wondering what size cakes will feed about 230 people? I was thinking 16'' 14'' 12'' but I am not sure if that's enough. Any advice will be much appreciated!

Thanks :)

May 23, 2016
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cake sizes
by: Lorelie

Hi Chloe. Yes you will have more than enough with those three sizes.

Nov 14, 2016
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3tier to feed 300
by: Anonymous

I'm doing a 3 tier stacked wedding cake in January and it needs to feed 300 just as one of the other girls specified. What size pans would you recommend?

Nov 14, 2016
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300 ppl
by: Lorelie

I personally would stick to a 14, 10, 8, 6 which feeds 170 and then have cakes in the kitchen to fill in. Especially if this is a first time making a wedding cake. You really don't want to go larger than that as the cakes become harder to deal with as they get larger. I highly recommend taking a look at my e-book and video package which will answer many questions. You can also get a free membership into the cake support group which helps tremendously when you become a customer.

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How much cake do I need for 50 People?

I was wondering if a 10, 8, 6 inch cake would be enough for 50 people. Each tier would be two layers.

It depends on what it is for. A wedding slice is much smaller than a party slice. I assume it is a wedding as it is tiered in which case that be plenty for 50 people. A 10 inch serves 39-48 and an 8 inch serves 25-30.

If it is for a birthday or another event a 10 inch serves 14 large slices and an 8 inch serves 10. These are estimates. It also depends on the person cutting it.

I hope that helps.
Here is a link to servings chart.
and how to cut a wedding cake.

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Small Wedding Cake

by Emily
(Texas)

Hi! I need to make a small wedding cake. It's my first for 50 people. I need 2 tiers, both square.

  • What 2 pan sizes should I get?

  • How high in the pan do I fill the batter?

  • Since it is only 2 tiers, do I need to get a
    cardboard to go under the top tier?

Please help!!!

Thank you!!

Hi Emily, For your small wedding cake for 50 people, you will need a 10 inch pan which serves 50, and a 6 inch pan. (serves 18) but I imagine the bride and groom are keeping that top tier.

You may want to do a 12 inch base which serves 72 just to make sure there is enough or even a little extra. An 8 inch top tier looks best with that size.

Yes I would still use cardboard rounds underneath the top tier and some support within the bottom tier for the top tier to sit on.

The amount of batter you will need for a 10 inch square is 4 1/2 to 6 cups for each pan. Fill your pans 2/3 full to allow for rising. The 6 inch pans will need 2-2 1/2 cups of batter. Hope that helps you out.

Please submit a photo of your finished cake. You can use the same form and I will add the picture to this post. You can also tell us how it went and what you discovered along the way or even enter the decorating contest here.


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What size cake pans to serve 150 people generously

Question:My daughter is going with round layers - 3 or 4. What size pans do we need for each to serve 150 guests with mid-generous slices?

Answer:For generous serving size I would go with a 16 inch a 12 inch and an 8 inch. That will give you plenty. Maybe even some leftovers.

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Jun 21, 2015
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Cake for 145 - 150 guests
by: Anonymous

I have received almost all my responses, and expect 145 to 150 guests. How much cake should I order? I want a 3 tiered cake, and this will be the only dessert served. One baker that I met with suggested a 6,9, 12 tier cake, 2 layers per tier. With a price per person though, how much cake do I order? I had told the baker that I expected about 175 guests, and those measurements were based on that number. Should I leave that number alone, or decrease it? I am not saving the top tier.

Thanks!

Jun 21, 2015
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size and price ideas
by: Lorelie

Hello, For 150 people I would recommend a 14 inch cake for the bottom tier, a 10 inch cake for the middle tier and a 6 inch tier for the top (to keep as an Anniversary cake, if you want to. If there will be more than 150 i would suggest either a side cake (stored in the kitchen of an 8- 10 inch size , or another tier added to your cake of 8 inches that would go in between the 10 and the 6 inch tiers. All of the cakes should be at least two layers with a filling. Prices vary widely. anywhere from 2.50 per person - 15.00. I hope that helps. Thanks for visiting and asking a great question.

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What size cake to feed 300-350 people?

by Chelsea
(UP of Michigan)

I just got a call for a wedding next month and she wants a cake to feed 300-350 people. I am looking for ideas on tiers and sizes of pans. I think I am going to give her the option of having sheet cakes in the kitchen. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!

Hi Chelsea, A round 16-12-8-6 feeds 220, That is the largest I would want to go personally and then give them a sheet cake for the rest of the servings. You can see wedding cake servings chart on my prices page.

For a cake that size you would have to deliver the cake half way stacked or not stacked at all and complete it at the venue.

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Apr 08, 2015
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White cake recipe
by: Anonymous

I plan to use pan size of 16,14,12, and 9 for a wedding of 200 guests, I want to use your white cake recipe how can I adjust the recipe specially for a 16, and 14 thank you?

Apr 09, 2015
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Recipe multiplied for you
by: Lorelie

The white cake recipe is multiplied for you here This amount of batter will fill two layers each of a 14 10 and a 6. For your situation I would do one full batch and probably another half batch which is also on the page. Good luck.

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