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Let Them Eat Cake: Serving Your Guests Fairly

Never run out of dessert again! Click the image for portion sizing tips.

Running out of dessert is bound to happen. You underestimate the popularity of a party treat, and before you know it there is nothing left but a few crumbs at the bottom of the dish. How did this happen, and more importantly, how can you prevent it from happening in the future?

The key to ensuring all of your guests get their fair share of decadent desserts is to buy or make the appropriate amount of sweets for your partygoers.

When serving cake, keep these rules in mind:

A round, 8” cake serves between 8 to 10 people. Of course, this is ideal for a small get-together and limits the number of seconds your guests can receive. Reserve the smaller cakes for unusual flavors to avoid wasting money on large cakes that are left mostly untouched.

A 9”x13” sheet of cake serves 12 people twice, depending on how the cake is cut. Thinner slices of cake enables more people to enjoy the dessert, but if cut too thin may result in your guests making frequent trips to the buffet. Slice the cake 4×6 to evenly provide two servings per guest.

Get an accurate head count to prevent a shortage of sweets.

An 11”x15” cake is best used for a large group of 35 people. Holiday parties, large birthday celebrations, and office parties usually require larger cakes, and therefore give you the best value per guest. Cake slices are cut 5×7 to provide 35 equal servings.

It takes practice to precisely cut a cake, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you end up over serving your guests! For more information on party tips, visit our Pinterest board found here.

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