Cake Pan Sizes

by Erin

The cake recipes I'm looking at here on your site are calling for round cake pans. For example one might say it makes a 9" round cake, 3 layers. I assume this means that you're filling 3 round pans with the batter, correct?

Also, for the birthday cake I will be making soon I'm wanting to make a sheet cake instead of round, although I haven't quite narrowed down the actual size yet. I'm curious as to how I know if a certain recipe will have enough or maybe too much batter for whatever sheet (maybe rectangle is a better word in my case?) size I decide to use. Is there a guide somewhere that tells how to determine different pan sizes than what the recipe uses? I've looked on your site and can't seem to find one.

Thanks so much for your time!!!

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Apr 03, 2009
A Clarification
by: Michelle (admin)

Sorry, I didn't answer the other part of your question...

I use two pans when baking a cake and pour 1/3 of the batter into one and 2/3 of the batter into the other. That way I only have to tort (split) once to get my three layers.

I usually mention that within the recipes, but it may not be clear. Sorry for any confusion :-)

Michelle (editor)

Apr 01, 2009
by: Anonymous

I also think that the recepies when it says makes a 3 layer cake means that she puts all the batter in the one 9" pan then torts the cake (cuts it) into three layers.

Hope that helps!

Mar 29, 2009
Pan capacity
by: Michelle (edmin)

Hi Erin,

All the recipes I use here make about 8 cups of cake batter, so just check the label on your pan ,if you're buying one, and it will tell you how many cups the pan requires. If it's a pan you already have, just fill it 2/3 full with water and pour into a measuring jug to check the amount of batter required.

Now you can easily work out how much you have to increase the recipe you want to use.

Hope this helps.

Michelle (editor)

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