As for finding a baker who will give you more slices per tier, the bride and groom must know what they are paying for. I recommend that the bride and groom check out a Wilton book from a library, and acquaint themselves with the number of servings per tier, or at least bring the book with them to the baker. If the baker’s numbers correlate with the book, you are probably not getting your best deal. If the baker’s numbers allow for more cake than the book would, then you know you are getting more cake than you are paying for, or paying less for the same amount of cake. I find that Wilton tends to have the most servings per tier, and there are some places that use this to get more money from their work. I would hazard a guess that I charge for anywhere from 10 to 15% fewer servings per tier.
For example, a standard 6-10-14″ round tiers cake serves 116, not including the top tier, with 2×1″ servings, according to Wilton. I only figure that it serves 95, and I charge accordingly. At the basic $2 a serving, you are looking at a difference of $42 before tax. Remember, this is the same cake, and most cakes cost more than $2/serving. Some bakers figure the top tier into the servings, which drives up the cost, if you are planning to save this tier. The same cake would now cost an extra $50. If you will not be saving the top, you can go for a smaller cake, but why, when you can get a bigger cake for the same money?
I like to furnish the bride and groom with a “honeymoon” cake as well, a small heart or round cake for them to enjoy when they are finally alone. Some people save this cake and serve the top tier to further cut costs. Two more things, the B&G should specifically request cake boxes for the leftover cake and for the top tier. Many already provide this service, but it doesn’t hurt to have it in writing. Also, they should be EXTREMELY careful with the new acrylic cakestands…they are very fragile, and very expensive. You would hate to lose your deposit because of this, so treat them like china. Just because they are plastic, doesn’t mean they are indestructible. Most people aren’t aware of this, and it could help save some family some money. Also, ask if the baker can use disposable plastic plates and pillars, which will eliminate the need to save, wash and return equipment…can be a timesaver!
This information brought to you by Priscilla Penkert, wedding cake designer and decorator of San Diego.
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