How many people does a 6-inch cake feed? Today, we will dive deep into this question by looking at what the height of the cake is, what the portion shape is, and ultimately the size of the portion. All of these are factors that will ultimately help us calculate a 6-inch cake serving amount.
The Quick Answer
To give you a quick answer, the exact number of portions your 6-inch cake gives you depends on how big you want the slices to be. This, in turn, depends on the height of the 6-inch cake.
If you have a 6-inch round cake of 1-inch tall, you can serve around 4 people. If your cake is between 2-3 inches tall, you can serve between 6-8 people.
And, if your cake is between 4-6 inches tall, I would recommend only feeding about 10 people. If you try to get even more slices out of these cakes, they will be wafer-thin.
Factors To Consider – How Many Does A 6-Inch Cake Feed?
When it comes to portioning cake or determining “how many people does a 6-inch cake feed?” there are a couple of miscalculations people often make.
To get the most accurate number of servings per cake (no matter what the size of the cake is) you first need to think about the following factors.
1) The shape of the portion
This is a massive factor that will ultimately give you a set amount of servings.
The shape of your portion will determine how many portions you can get out of your round 6-inch cake.
If we look at round cakes, they are often cut into slices, not squares or rectangles. If you want to serve cake slices, you will get a different amount of portions than if you serve squares.
For round cakes, you always get more evenly-sized portions by making slices. This ultimately means you get a more accurate portion count.
If you cut a round cake into squares, you won’t get the same amount of equal portions, and the count will differ. Sure, you will have a ton of leftovers that are perfectly edible, but you shouldn’t serve your guests scraps.
So, there are more benefits to cutting a round 6-inch cake into slices than squares, especially because it is such a small cake!
2) The height of a cake
If your cake is 2-inches high, your portion sizes will be different than if it is 4-inches high.
Depending on the height of your cake, you may either serve smaller slices or cut a large slice in half.
A taller cake may look aesthetically pleasing, but if it is too high, your guests may not be able to finish a portion.
If your 6-inch cake is 1-inch tall, you may even serve a quarter of the cake. But, if the 6-inch cake is 6-inches tall, you will most likely divide the entire cake into 10 to 12 pieces.
3) Size of your portion
This one is obvious, but I just have to say it. If you don’t know the size of your portions you cannot calculate how many people a 6-inch cake will feed.
A good portion size for a 6-inch round cake that is 1-inch tall is a quarter cake (it will measure at about 4.7 inches (12cm) on the outer circumference of the cake.
If your cake is between 2-3 inches in height, I’d recommend dividing the cake into at least 6 sliced, but 8 would be better. The 6 slices will each measure at 3.14 inches (8cm) on the outer diameter.
And the 8 slices will each have a measurement of 2.4 inches (6cm).
How To Accurately Measure Portions For A 6-Inch Cake?
Getting perfect portions from a round cake isn’t easy. The best way to do it is by finding the center point and by eyeballing it. Yes, I know, not very accurate, but it is effective and not very difficult.
And luckily, a round small cake is very easy to get perfect.
To start, just slice the cake down the middle. Then, cut it into fours. If you want more slices, just keep making equally-sized triangles. Cut both opposing cake sections at one. The straight knife will create equal portions automatically.
The other more time-consuming but accurate method to use is by measuring the outside of the cake. In total, a 6-inch cake has a circumference of 18.85-inches (48cm).
If you divide this number by the number of portions you want, you can just mark it out with a toothpick on the edge of the cake. Then, make the slice from the center.
It’s easy but again, time-consuming.
How many people does a 10-inch cake feed?
A 10-inch round cake can serve at least 16 people but potentially up to 26. Again, the height of the cake can considerably increase or decrease this number. The taller the cake, the smaller (thinner) the slices should be.
How many people does an 8-inch cake feed?
This cake is the perfect size for small gathers of about 10-14 people. Again, the height of the cake determines the ultimate portion size and amount. If you make each portion about 1.8 inches wide (on the circumference) you can get 14 portions.
What should a 6-inch cake be used for?
These are pretty small cakes. On average, you can get between 4-8 portions from a single cake. The more you try to get from it, the smaller the portions will be (depending on the height). These smaller cakes are good for two-person events, small parties or get-togethers, or an individual present.
They are also commonly used as the top layer of a tiered cake. This cake also adds portions to the entire cake, so should be taken into consideration when calculating the overall portion amount for a stacked cake.