When you are baking a cake in a 3-inch pan, pour the batter to fill half of the cake pan. Keeping the batter at the halfway mark ensures that the cake will bake more evenly. Pouring too much batter into such a deep pan will result in burnt edges before the centre is baked thoroughly.
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Two-Thirds Full in a Shallow Baking Pan
In a more shallow baking dish, such as a 2-inch cake pan, batter should reach the two-thirds mark; less than this amount could result in a thin cake. Filling the cake pan to a level of more than two-thirds will cause overflow, which can create a huge mess in your oven.
Depending on the depth of your cake pan, levels of batter will vary from one-half to two-thirds the height of the pan. Based on the measurements and volume levels of your pan, the recipe may need to be adjusted so that you have plenty of batter to fill to the required level.
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