How to Cut a Cake into More Slices for a Crowd

We’re going to get cakey this week.  Today, I have a tip for cutting more slices out of a layer cake.

Tomorrow, we’ve got Ingredient Spotlight: Cake Mix (I can’t wait for this one!)

And Thursday, I’ve got a recipe for cake mix cookies that’s lightened up a bit to make them less of a splurge, but still a delicious treat.

How to cut a cake for a crowd

Have you ever had a large group of people over and only had one layer cake to serve?

If you’ve got enough warning, you could make cupcakes instead.  Or bake two cakes.

But I prefer this tip instead.

My dad was raised in a family with 10 kids, so they  always needed a way to make food stretch.  In order to get plenty of slices, they used this method of cake cutting.

And if anyone in that family is reading this post, you’re wondering why I didn’t make banana cake and if that is coffee icing on the cake in the photos.  My grandma’s homemade banana cake is a pain in the patootie to make, so I tend to make this sheet cake with coffee icing instead.

The cake and frosting in these photos is from The Cake Mix Doctor (Mom’s Yellow Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Frosting – it’s one of my favorites).  [Read more…]

Cooking for a Crowd – Dinner Menus and Recipes for 100 People

A few years ago I planned the menu and helped cook and serve meals for Bible School.  We fed about 100 people each night that week.  With VBS season coming up, I thought you might be interested in the menu and recipes we used.

We did 4 nights of cooked dinners and ordered pizza for the last night.  We needed to keep the cost down, so I shopped sales for the meat.  I also cooked the hamburger and chicken at home and froze it.  Doing so really cut down the amount of time we needed each night to prepare dinner.

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