Two-Tiered Cake Sizes

Two-Tiered Cake Sizes

Last Updated on April 19, 2022 by Zara R.

When it comes to celebrations, two-tiered cakes can make an elegant dessert to serve. However, before you start baking, you want to know what two-tiered cake sizes you should use for your event.

The great thing about tiered cakes is that you can make them with any flavor combinations you want. You can let your imagination run wild and decorate them however you want, whether that’s with fondant or buttercream. Two-tiered cakes can also serve a large number of people, which is great for any special event.

Tiers vs Layers
Two-Tiered Cake Sizes
Two-Tiered Cake Sizes

People often get tiers and layers confused when it comes to cake terminology. One cake will often with have two or three layers, sometimes more. That one cake with the layers will make up one-tier.

So, there are multiple layers of cake inside of a tier. Layers are typically made by slicing a cake in half and filling it with frosting or filling. Layers can also be made by stacking several thin cakes together with filling or frosting between each layer.

With tiered cakes, the top tier is typically two inches smaller than the bottom tier. Each tier will typically have two to three layers. However, some larger tiers may have four layers or more.

Tiers vs Layers

Two-Tiered Cake Sizes

Before you get baking for your next celebration, you will want to figure out how many people you are planning to serve. You want to make sure you have plenty of cake to serve your guests. Depending on what sizes your tiers are, you may be able to serve up to 40-50 people, if you slice accordingly.

Small 2 Tier Cake Size

For a small two-tier cake, you will want to use a 6-inch cake pan for the top tier and an 8-inch cake pan for the bottom tier. This will serve around 12-16 people, as each tier will typically have two layers. This is a good size for birthday parties or summer BBQs with your friends or family.

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Medium Two-Tier Cake Pan

For a medium two-tier cake, you will use an 8-inch cake pan for the top and a 10-inch cake pan for the bottom. This will feed around 28-34 people, as each tier will often have two to three layers. This size is ideal for office parties or large family gatherings.

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For a large two-tier cake, you will want to use a 10-inch cake pan for the top and a 12-inch cake pan for the bottom. This will serve around 46-54 people, as each tier will have between two to four layers. This size is great for small weddings or small banquets.

Stacking A Two-Tiered Cake

When stacking a two-tiered cake, you want to use support. Dowels or straws are used to prevent the bottom tier from collapsing due to the weight.

When preparing your tiers, you want to use a serrated knife to trim each layer before filling. Trimming the top of the cake will give it a flat surface, which is important when layering cakes. This will allow all the layers to lay flat and the two-tiers will be balanced.

When assembling your tiers, it is also beneficial to use a cake board at the bottom as it will provide a stable, level surface. It also allows you to pick up your cake and move it around as needed.

Transporting Your Cake

If you need to transport your cake, find a tall box to put it in. Make sure you place it on a flat surface of your car where it won’t topple over or bump into something. Placing it on a non-slip mat gives added assurance that it will stay in place as you drive.

If you have the time, it is not a bad idea to wait to stack your cakes until you get to the venue. This will lessen the chance of the top tier falling off during transportation.

Making A Beautiful Two-Tier Cake

Whether you are just having a small gathering with family and friends or are celebrating a wedding, two-tiered cakes can be a wonderful dessert to serve. Fortunately, you can two-tiered cakes in different sizes, as the typical rule of thumb is the bottom layer is two inches bigger than the top. This allows you to make a cake to serve anywhere from a dozen to 50 people.

Each tier can have multiple layers, with frosting or filling in between each layer. You can use any cake flavor or frosting for your cake, though American buttercream is often the most popular choice.

Do you have any questions on two-tiered cake sizes? If so, please ask them in the comments down below.

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