As well as the diameter of your cake, the height of your cake can determine approximately how many servings you will be able to slice.

For example, a taller cake, may need smaller cut servings. And a shorter cake, may need bigger slices. Depending on how much cake you want to give to each event goer.

It may just be the overall finished look that you are after also. Some designs look better only being 2″ tall – possibly a slab cake with only wording and a basic image on top. And some designs look more appealing being much taller, to be able to get the full effect of a drip or unicorn face.

Whichever height you choose to go with your desired design, there are different terms used for different heights of cakes, in the caker world. And below are some explained:

Please note that these are generalized to what terms I refer to, and believe is well known in the cake community, but they may vary from caker to caker.

 

 

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SLAB CAKE
A slab cake is usually rectangular and really great for basic designs, quick cutting and serving also. A slab cake is generally 2″ tall.

 

 

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SINGLE TIER
A single tiered cake is exactly as it sounds. Just one tier. However these differ to slab cakes, because they are generally taller, being approximately 3.5-4″ tall.

 

 

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DOUBLE TIER
A double tiered cake consists of a larger (in diameter) cake at the base, with a smaller (in diameter) cake placed on top. The two tiers are generally the same height, and again at 3.5-4″ tall each.

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EXTENDED TIER
An extended tier is a great way to get a little more height in your cake, but with the same diameter from top to bottom. For example, if you are wanting to create / have created, a unicorn cake, an extended tier would be brilliant to be able to have the height for the mane at the back, and room for the eyes and a long face at the front. Extended tiers are generally 1.5 cakes tall. So you would be looking at 5-6″ tall.

 

 

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DOUBLE BARREL
These are my favourite! I love tall cakes! A double barrel cake, is like an extended tier in being the same diameter the entire way from top to bottom, but they are even taller! Double barrel cakes generally stand at approx. 7-8″ tall. The beauties are great for creating drip cakes, or being able to add extra detail on the sides of cakes, rather than cramming all of the design on the top of the cake.

 

 

You should also keep in mind that it’s a good idea to either suggest to your customer / request from your baker to place a separating cake board for the double barrel cakes (and sometimes your extended tiers). This way, instead of getting slices that are 8″ tall, you simply slice half way down your cake, hit a cake board, and serve all of the top before removing the cake board and serving the base. Nice 4″ tall slices are more suitable in my opinion.

So there you have it. A few different cake heights explained!

 

 

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