Baking time for large, dense cake

by Paula
(Lancaster, CA)

We want to make a 3 tier cake for my daughters reception next week. The recipe we would like to use is a dense, yellow cake that is great as a sheet cake or 8" but is touchy even when increased to 9", but not a problem. How do we determine baking time and temp.changes if we want to make a 12" round?

From the editor:

Hi Paula,

When changing pan sizes, the oven temperature remains the same. You adjust the cooking time only.

I would recommend baking the cake in two pans (2/3 batter in one and 1/3 in the other). This decreases the baking time required and helps keep the cake moist. Check the cakes to see if they're done, at 30 minutes and every 5-10 minutes after that. Also, you only have to split the larger of the two layers to give you three, equal layers for filling.

Good luck.

Regards,
Michelle (editor)

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