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Dessert Buffets and Tea Party Sweets

Afternoon tea parties are covered in detail in another article.

ELLEN'S KITCHEN DESSERTS FOR 100
    GENERAL INFORMATION FOR DESSERT BUFFETS
  • A Viennese-style mixed dessert reception for 100 people includes 5 ten inch cakes, 5 pounds of small cookies and bars, and a dozen dozen (144) individual pastries.
  • Try to select desserts that do not need oven or refrigerator space.
  • If you have 3 or more desserts, consider having one chocolate and one light, low fat or low calorie.
  • To control serving size, you MUST cut or portion out desserts before allowing people to help themselves. Squares or other small servings can be cut and placed into fancy muffin paper cups (fold to size) or doilies. Arrange on pretty trays. At a dessert buffet with many choices, most people take more than one That is why the sizes are "dainty"; bars and cookies just a few bites, for example.
  • People like coffee or tea with their desserts. See the Beverages for 100 page.
  • To serve a dessert a la mode (small scoop of ice cream) requires 4-5 half gallons ice cream for 100 servings.
  • To serve apple pie with cheese, allow 5 pounds of cheese.
  • Ice cream socials and sundae bars have their own page now here.
Option 1
Round pies and cakes
16 8” pies
OR 10 to 12 10" deep dish pies
OR 10 round 2 layer cakes
OR 16 round 1 layer cakes
OR 12 cheesecakes (recipe using 15 pounds of cream cheese)
Option 2
Sheet cakes and cobblers
2 full sheet cakes
OR 4 -10 1/2 x 15 "1/2 sheet" cakes or large trifles
OR 8to 9 9 x 13 cakes or cobblers
Option 3:
small family desserts
or potluck desserts
16 regular small family desserts (8 inch square pans, for example)
OR 9 large family desserts (9x13 pans, for example)
Option 4
Three dessert choices, equally popular
6 each (40 regular servings each) of 3 desserts
Cut these into smaller servings, as people try more than one
Option 5
tiny desserts
Cookies, assorted tiny bars, truffles, small bakery items, mini cream puffs, little cheese cake squares, tea cakes
If 4 or fewer kinds, 1 each per person: if more kinds, 2-4 pieces per person (people try all with several, but only favorites with many)
OPTION 6
Frozen desserts, custards
13 half gallons of bricks
14 half gallons bulk
To serve another dessert ala mode, purchase 4 to 5 half gallons ice cream
Information for a complete Ellen's Kitchen Sundae Bar
Option 7
Viennese style mixed desserts for 100
5 ten inch cakes
PLUS 5 pounds of small cookies and bars
PLUS a dozen dozen (144) individual pastries.
Option 8
Cheesecake for 100
22 to 24 pounds of commercial cheesecakes

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More about cake serving sizes

When you see several numbers or different numbers for the number of pieces in a certain size cake, the lower number is a generous "party serving""such as a birthday cake) or dessert size piece, while the highest number is what to expect for the little pieces cut from a wedding cake. It is up to you, depending on your plans, to choose to "round up" or "round down" when deciding which number to use in planning your cake servings. Consider the rest of the meal, whether or not you expect all your guests to eat cake, or if other desserts will also be served. Cake Servings
Number of servings
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ELLEN'S KITCHEN

Dessert Buffets and Tea Party Sweets

Afternoon tea parties are covered in detail in another article.

ELLEN'S KITCHEN DESSERTS FOR 100
    GENERAL INFORMATION FOR DESSERT BUFFETS
  • A Viennese-style mixed dessert reception for 100 people includes 5 ten inch cakes, 5 pounds of small cookies and bars, and a dozen dozen (144) individual pastries.
  • Try to select desserts that do not need oven or refrigerator space.
  • If you have 3 or more desserts, consider having one chocolate and one light, low fat or low calorie.
  • To control serving size, you MUST cut or portion out desserts before allowing people to help themselves. Squares or other small servings can be cut and placed into fancy muffin paper cups (fold to size) or doilies. Arrange on pretty trays. At a dessert buffet with many choices, most people take more than one That is why the sizes are "dainty"; bars and cookies just a few bites, for example.
  • People like coffee or tea with their desserts. See the Beverages for 100 page.
  • To serve a dessert a la mode (small scoop of ice cream) requires 4-5 half gallons ice cream for 100 servings.
  • To serve apple pie with cheese, allow 5 pounds of cheese.
  • Ice cream socials and sundae bars have their own page now here.
Option 1
Round pies and cakes
16 8” pies
OR 10 to 12 10" deep dish pies
OR 10 round 2 layer cakes
OR 16 round 1 layer cakes
OR 12 cheesecakes (recipe using 15 pounds of cream cheese)
Option 2
Sheet cakes and cobblers
2 full sheet cakes
OR 4 -10 1/2 x 15 "1/2 sheet" cakes or large trifles
OR 8to 9 9 x 13 cakes or cobblers
Option 3:
small family desserts
or potluck desserts
16 regular small family desserts (8 inch square pans, for example)
OR 9 large family desserts (9x13 pans, for example)
Option 4
Three dessert choices, equally popular
6 each (40 regular servings each) of 3 desserts
Cut these into smaller servings, as people try more than one
Option 5
tiny desserts
Cookies, assorted tiny bars, truffles, small bakery items, mini cream puffs, little cheese cake squares, tea cakes
If 4 or fewer kinds, 1 each per person: if more kinds, 2-4 pieces per person (people try all with several, but only favorites with many)
OPTION 6
Frozen desserts, custards
13 half gallons of bricks
14 half gallons bulk
To serve another dessert ala mode, purchase 4 to 5 half gallons ice cream
Information for a complete Ellen's Kitchen Sundae Bar
Option 7
Viennese style mixed desserts for 100
5 ten inch cakes
PLUS 5 pounds of small cookies and bars
PLUS a dozen dozen (144) individual pastries.

Top

More about cake serving sizes

When you see several numbers or different numbers for the number of pieces in a certain size cake, the lower number is a generous "party serving""such as a birthday cake) or dessert size piece, while the highest number is what to expect for the little pieces cut from a wedding cake. It is up to you, depending on your plans, to choose to "round up" or "round down" when deciding which number to use in planning your cake servings. Consider the rest of the meal, whether or not you expect all your guests to eat cake, or if other desserts will also be served. Cake Servings
Number of servings
Size of sheet cakeNumber of servings
full sheet
18x26
70-110
96 2x2" wedding cake size pieces, cut 8x12 or 48 dessert size cut 6x8
half sheet
12-13x18
single layer
40-60
48 2x2" wedding cake size pieces, cut 6x8 or 24 dessert size cut 4x6
half sheet
12-13x18
double layer
Typical groom's cake,
AKA "kitchen cake"
80-120
quarter sheet
9x13
24 2x2" wedding cake size pieces cut 4x6 or 12 dessert size cut 3x4 or
15 dessert size cut 3x5

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Commercial cake layers Number of servings
Layer shape
and depth
6"8"10"12"14"
3" deep round6-910-1516-2422-3330-45
4" deep round8-1415-2530-3945-5665-77
4" deep petal6-89" 14-20 32-3815" 48-62

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Servings per Wedding Cake Layer

Wedding cake servings are very small- Calculate the number of 1" x 2" x 4" pieces
(wedding cake servings)
in various sizes and shapes of cakes.
Round - 2 Layer
6"14 Servings
8"25 Servings
10"39 Servings
12"56 Servings
14"77 Servings
16"100 Servings
18"127 Servings
Square - 2 Layer
6"18 Servings
8"32 Servings
10"50 Servings
12"72 Servings
14"98 Servings
16"128 Servings
18"162 Servings
Rectangle - 1 Layer
9"x13"25 Servings
11"x15"35 Servings
12"x18"50 Servings
Rectangle - 2 Layer
9"x13"54 Servings
11"x15"77 Servings
12"x18"108 Servings
Hexagon-2 Layer
6"12 Servings
9"22 Servings
12"50 Servings
15"72 Servings
Petal - 2 Layer
6"54 Servings
9"77 Servings
12"108 Servings
15"108 Servings
Heart-2 Layer
6"11 Servings
9"24 Servings
12"48 Servings
15"76 Servings
Oval
7"13 Servings
10"30 Servings
13"44 Servings
16"70 Servings

 
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