The Pan Size for a Two-Pound Cake

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The Pan Size for a Two-Pound Cake
Always use the correct pan size to bake your cakes evenly. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

If you want to bake a cake evenly, you must use the correct pan size. Using a pan that is too small may result in a cake that is crispy on the outside and runny on the inside. Additionally, when you use the wrong pan size, you must adjust the baking time and temperature. Fortunately, calculating the pan size for any cake, including a 0.907kg. cake, is easy to do.

Cake Volume

The weight of your cake mixture and baked cake do not affect the size of the cake pan required. The amount of space that the mixture occupies, or volume, determines the required pan size. To calculate the volume of your mixture, pour it into a measuring cup, and take a note of the volume. If you do not have a measuring cup that is large enough to accommodate the mixture, use a container with a known volume. Look at the bottom of the container if you do not know a container's volume. The information may be provided.

Pan Volume

Figure out which pan is suitable for your cake mix by figuring out the pan volume. Some pans may provide the volume on their undersides. If the pan volume is not provided, fill the pan with water, pour the water into a measuring cup, and take note of the volume. This method also works for pans that are oddly shaped, such as heart-shaped and cake tube pans.

Choosing a Pan

Look at your recipe to find out how much space the cake mix must occupy in the pan. Typical cake recipes advise you to fill the cake pan until it is half-full. Others may advise you to fill the cake pan until it is two-third full. Multiply the volume of the cake pan by the amount of space the cake must occupy in the pan. If the product of the calculation is equal or close to the volume of the cake mixture, the pan is suitable for the cake.

Pan Substitutions

If you substitute the type of pan required by your recipe with a different type of pan, adjust the baking temperature to avoid burning your cake or extending the baking time. If you substitute a metal pan with a glass baking dish or dark non-stick pan, decrease the baking temperature by -3.89 degrees Celsius. If you substitute a glass baking dish or dark non-stick pan with a metal pan, increase the temperature by -3.89 degrees Celsius.

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