Anatomy of a Cake

Many people ask us about cake sizes and servings, so we've created this guide to make things easy. Feel free to print it out and bring it with you to your Whipped Bakeshop cake consultation.

Tiers and Layers: A Piece of Cake

All of our layer cakes are approximately 4” high and consist of 3 layers of cake sandwiched with two layers of filling.

Cake Layer Cross-Section

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Icing: Swiss meringue buttercream is most often vanilla or chocolate, but some adventurous people choose delicious options like peanut butter meringue. A fondant outer layer can provide a smooth, polished look but it adds a little bit to the cost of the cake.

Cake Flavors: Popular flavors include chocolate fudge, red velvet, vanilla-buttermilk, lemon, almond pound, carrot and banana.

Filling: Our cakes are filled with our rich old-fashioned buttercream, Swiss meringue buttercream, truffle cream, or a combination of icing plus preserves or lemon curd. Delish!

This cake has 6 tiers and includes 18 layers of cake and 12 layers of filling. It stands 24 inches tall and would feed 190 guests. It's a big cake, but don't worry -- you won't be the one carrying it. In fact, we assemble cakes this large on site before your event.

Cutting the Cake

These diagrams show a top-down view of how each size cake is cut. The cutting patterns are for illustration purposes, but they give you the basic idea of how large tiers are sliced. Your caterer knows exactly how to cut the cake so that each guest gets about the same size piece. Enjoy your Whipped Bakeshop cake and let the pros do the work!

Cake Cutting Diagrams

Diagrams and text copyright 2011 by Whipped Bakeshop. All rights reserved. No commercial use without express permission. Special thanks to Roger Estes and Ann Torockio for design and concept work.