Number of boxes of cake mix for various size cake pans

by Wesley's Mom
(Great Neck, NY)

I want to make a really special three tiered cake for my son's first birthday party. I've never done such a large cake before, so I have some questions. I'm thinking of using a 14-inch round pan, a 10-inch round pan, and a 6-inch round pan. How many boxes of cake mix will I need for each pan if I want a nice tall cake, (about the thickness of a cake using 2 8-inch round pans stacked?) And how long should each size pan bake for? Also, will I need to stake the cakes to prevent the bottom tier(s) from collapsing? Thank you so much!

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Jul 02, 2016
Your stupidity NEW
by: Anonymous

It is frustrating to go to a website to get an answer and you get all this other crap that is not related to the question. Clean your dam website up.

Jun 24, 2016
Worked like a charm! NEW
by: Patricia

Very useful post, thanks!!!

Apr 30, 2013
cake batter amounts NEW
by: Lori

The Wilton website will give you the amount needed for each cake pan. For a 2 inch high 14 inch cake pan, you will need 10 cups of batter. For the 10 inch pan, you will need 6 cups. The 6 inch pan needs 2 cups. Just go to Wilton's website and search "cake batter amounts" and you'll be given numerous options on cake sizes and batter needed. Both the 2 inch height and 3 inch height pans are listed.

Mar 28, 2013
Awesome NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks Michelle! this was exactly what I needed.

Jun 25, 2012
Great but also need 2 inch NEW
by: Anonymous

I found the info great. However, I would like the same info for 2in cake pans.


Jun 24, 2012
Thank You NEW
by: Anonymous

I also found this info VERY useful. Thank you for breaking it down. :)

Feb 10, 2012
Thank You NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you, Michelle!!! I am using 3 inch deep pans, so this is exactly what I was looking for. ;)

Feb 01, 2012
Thank you! NEW
by: Becca

Really appreciate the cake recipes/pan and cooking time numbers. So helpful!!

Sep 25, 2011
Good info
by: mboden

Actually I was looking for the 3" pan for these exact sizes so I found the answer VERY helpful. It was all in information I needed. Thanks!

Jun 22, 2011
cake mix per cake pans
by: Mragan

The comment from Michelle is for 3-inch deep pans. The majority of people will use 2-inch deep pans so the answer you gave was not helpful. Why not give the answer for 2-inch deep pans. I don't know otherwise I would post.

May 04, 2010
by: Mag

That didn't make much sense.. I'll look elsewhere.

May 15, 2009
Cake Pan Sizes etc.
by: Michelle (admin)

Hi Wesley's Mom,

The amounts given are for 3" deep pans.

1. A 6" round pan takes 3 cups of batter , a 10" round pan takes 8-9 cups of batter and a 14" round pan takes 15 cups of batter. for cakes larger than 8" round I recommend splitting the batter into two pans (1/3 of the batter in one and 2/3 in the other). This makes for shorter baking times and more even baking. For a 14" round pan, in each pan use a Flower Nail
(flat side set in the bottom of the pan) to conduct heat to the center of the cake while it's baking.

There is about 5 to 5 1/2 cups of batter in an average boxed cake mix, so use that as your guide to work out the number required for each pan. When you're working with multiple mixes, make each one individually, then mix them together and pour into the pan.

2. Bake the 6" round for 30-35 minutes, bake the 10" round pan (1/3 full) for 20-25 minutes and (2/3 full) for 35-40 minutes, bake the 14" round (1/3 full)25-30 minutes and (2/3 full) for 40-45 minutes. Obviously, these times are a guide only and will vary greatly depending on your oven.

3. You will need to place cake dowels for support in each of the bottom two layers in this size cake. Use 7-9 dowels in the 14" tier and 5-7 dowels in the 10" tier.

Good luck. Don't forget to come back and show off your cake after it's done. I love to see what my visitors have been up to!

Michelle (editor)

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