Cake Serving Guide and Pricing

At Gray Barn Baking, our custom cakes are 3 layers of moist, delicious cake enveloped with 2 layers of scrumptious filling (unless otherwise specified) and are around 4-5″ tall (taller than most layer cakes you purchase at a bakery).All of the sweet treats are handmade in small batches with only the freshest ingredients and contain no preservatives or artificial flavors. Each cake, cupcake, and cookie is created to your specification and vision and is unique to your event or special gathering. My goal is for you to be absolutely delighted with whatever you order and I’m committed to making that happen for you! So give me your feedback, I’d love to hear from you!

There are many things to consider when designing and pricing a cake.  I will work with you within your budget to come up with exactly what you need for your celebration. Unless you come to me with a style, size, and design in mind, we’ll begin the design process with how many servings you need for your event.  From there, we work together to decide on shape (square, round, rectangular), style (layered, multi-tiered, sheet, etc.), icing (buttercream, fondant, whipped cream), flavors (standard or gourmet) and details (typically fondant, but I can do anything you’d like).  My cakes tend to be taller than most, so cake serving sizes are fairly generous.

People often come to me with a picture or idea of what they want their cake to look like.  This is a great starting point as I can usually recreate any design to fit your needs and budget.  I also get many requests to create a buttercream-iced cake with the look of fondant (most people opt for the taste of buttercream over fondant, but want the smooth look of fondant).  I can do that, too!  With a few exceptions, most designs can be done in smooth-iced buttercream with fondant details (yes, we can put fondant on top of buttercream!).  This option offers the best of both worlds…a yummy buttercream taste and the details you can only get with fondant.  And the price is less for a buttercream-iced cake…Win-Win!

Serving Guide:

The chart below is a guideline for the number of servings for cakes as indicated.  The range given is based on whether you’re serving party-sized portions (generally 1.5 to 2″x2″x4″) or smaller wedding-sized portions (generally 1″x2″x4″).  Note: a larger slice of cake will result in a lower total number of servings, and vice versa. The chart below is meant as a guide to help you determine what size cake to order and can vary widely on how your cake is cut.

Sheet cakes are offered in 2 varieties:  2-3″ high single-layer torted (cut in half horizontally) with filling; or double-layer “party cake”–2  cakes with filling between (4-5″ high). The serving size for single-layer cakes is 2″x2″x2″.  The portion size for the double-layer sheet cakes can be smaller because the slices will be twice as tall…thus giving you more servings for the same sized cake!  I typically only offer up to a half-sheet, but can do 2/3 or full-sheets upon request.

Pricing:

Pricing is based on a party-sized portion and begins at around $2.00/serving for buttercream and $2.50/serving for fondant. If the cake is minimal in detail (buttercream borders, flowers, inscription, etc.), the price typically remains at the base price. However, if a cake has many components or a more labor-intensive design, the price will be higher. Fondant details and other “add-ons” typically begin around $15.  In the table below, a base starting price is given for standard flavors and buttercream icing.

Additionally, specialty flavors (e.g., cream cheese, chocolate ganache, etc) and 3-D designs are more complex and will add to the price of the cake. Tiered cakes (specialty birthday cakes, wedding cakes, etc.) are also priced on a different scale (typically starting at $2.75/serving).

I definitely understand budgets, as we are all trying to get the best value for our money.  At Gray Barn Baking, I strive to offer delicious, creative, and unique cakes at all price points. With your input and inspiration from your invitation, party décor, or theme, I can create a memorable cake for your next special occasion!

Round & Square Cakes (standard flavors, buttercream-iced):

Size  Shape   Servings    Base Price $
6″     Round     8-10          $20
8″     Round    12-16         $30
9″     Round    18-24         $36
10″   Round     26-30        $42
12″   Round     34-45        $56

8″     Square  18-24          $35
10″   Square  30-40          $50

Sheet Cakes (standard flavors, buttercream-iced)
Size                         Servings    (single layer*)        (double layer)

1/4 Sheet (9 x 13)       12-16              $26              (20-30)   $36
1/3 Sheet (11 x 15)      24-30             $40              (38-48)   $52
1/2 Sheet (12 x 16)      35-40             $57               (50-60)  $68

*price is for single layer, torted with filling.  If you’d prefer no filling, the price will be less.

Please note that all prices are estimates and are a starting point for the consultation.  I’ll be happy to work with you to stay within your budget on any cake!

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