Tips & Tricks

Does Size Matter?

We know it’s an old adage, but it does have relevancy when it comes to the world of desserts!

We’ve been looking forward to covering this topic, and it’s something we often speak about here at Sieve HQ. How much is too much? Certainly, there are those (ahem, Michael) that don’t think you can have enough dessert, and hey it’s our business, so the more the merrier, right?

Well, not really. There is something to be said for a little restraint. It’s certainly kinder on your hip pocket, and it doesn’t hurt the waistline either. We are firm believers in enjoying a treat everyday, especially one that is handmade from scratch with the best ingredients (shameless plug) – it’s good for the soul, people. It is important though, to make sure that you cater for the right number of people.


Whether a cocktail party or a sit down dinner, your guests will likely have indulged in some delicious food and beverage, and be looking forward to a sweet finale. Most of our clients will arrange both an event cake and a side of various dessert items to make sure that everyone can find something they will enjoy, but where do you stop? Where do you draw the line?

Firstly, you need to choose whether your event cake is to be served as dessert or as a coffee accompaniment. We are big fans of coffee serves. These are smaller fingers of cake that are sliced and shared amongst the crowd at your event. The smaller size means everyone gets to try your delicious cake without overdoing the indulgence factor. You get to save some of your hard-earned by going for a smaller cake that will still sufficiently satiate your guests! Winners all round.

Secondly, and right off the back of your now coffee-sized cake cutting, the smaller serving of cake allows your guests to indulge in some other appropriately sized delicious morsels like dessert cups; Panna Cotta with coulis; individual cheesecakes; or even tarts. By going smaller but offering a bigger variety, you can add some fun to the sweet end of your event, and satisfy the wide range of palates that your guests will no doubt have. It’s always important to consider that there are those people out there in the world (brace yourself) that “don’t do dessert”… I know, we were shocked to hear this too but they are out there. This means that in most cases, you will still have some leftover sweets for those that want seconds, or just to enjoy yourself the next day as you recover from hosting your event.

Our suggestion is that our clients err on the side of less is more. A sweetly delicate finale to your event!

Passionfruit Tart

Here are our top 4 take aways from this week’s posting:

Coffee servings for your cakes

It’s the best way, really. Have your reception hall cut your cake into coffee serves and let your guests enjoy a delicious finale to your event without feeling over-indulgent.

Variety is the spice of life

By serving smaller sized items, you can provide your guests with a larger range of sweet treats to soothe any sweet tooth.

Some people “don’t do dessert” #jawdrop

These people really do exist! I guarantee there are some of them lingering around your event as well. In all seriousness, dessert just doesn’t do it for everyone and you’ll never need to cater for the full number of guests.

Less really can be more

We believe this point really does speak for itself. We’re not suggestion anyone under-caters, but we do think there is an opportunity to stop over-catering from happening.
As always, we’re here to help – if you have any cake questions or dessert design dilemmas, please reach out in the comments or via Facebook, Instagram or email. We monitor them all and will get back to you as soon as we can. Don’t forget to check out our growing range of sweet desserts that are delivered straight to your door in Sydney at

Stay sweet, readers! If there’s a topic you’d like us to cover in a future posting, please let us know.

Next week: Recipe time! Something delicious that is my personal favourite.