How to Determine Professional Cake Baking Servings by Pan Size

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How to Determine Professional Cake Baking Servings by Pan Size
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Cakes are becoming more popular and are not just served at weddings and birthdays anymore. To avoid the embarrassment of running out of cake or the wasted money of too much cake at your next event, make sure the number of cake servings matches the number of guests attending your event. The best way to determine the number of cake servings is to base it on the size, shape and number of pans being used.

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Things you need

  • Cake pans
  • Measuring tape

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  1. 1

    Determine the shape of the pans that are going to be used to bake the cake. Cake pan shapes include round, sheet, square, petal, hexagon, oval, and diamond. If you are unsure which shape your pan is, you can search the Internet for images of the different pan shapes and match them to the pans you are using.

  2. 2

    Measure the pan to determine the size. How you measure it will depend on the shape of the pan. For round pans, measure the diameter; for sheet pans, measure the length and the width; for square pans, measure the length of one side; for petal pans, measure the diameter; for hexagonal pans, measure one side; for oval pans, measure the diameter across the tallest point and the diameter across the longest point; and for diamond pans, measure the length of the long side and the short side.

  3. 3

    Decide if one professional-size serving of cake for each guest is sufficient. A professional-size serving of cake is 1 inch by 2 inches. This is not a large serving, but should be sufficient if the guests have eaten a meal. If there is no other food or dessert available at your event, consider increasing the size of the portions.

  4. 4

    Compare the size and shape of the pan to a cake-serving chart. These can be found on a number of web sites, including those of cake-pan merchants. From the chart, determine the number of servings each cake pan used will yield. Make sure you note how many layers the cake chart is assuming you make from each size pan. If the chart denotes two layers and you have only one, you will have half the number of servings listed. Also if you have decided to double the portion size, you will need to half the number of servings the pan is listed as providing.

  5. 5

    Add the number of cake servings from each cake pan together to determine the total number of servings you will have.

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