What Are the Baking Times for Different Sized Cake Pans?

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Question: What Are the Baking Times for Different Sized Cake Pans?

Answer: Most batters for 2-layer cakes will fit in the below pans. Be sure to fill halfway only. For any leftover cake batter, either refrigerate and use within 2-days or make cupcakes. If making cupcakes with the leftover batter, be sure to fill the empty cupcake holders halfway with water.

For Baking in an 350 degree F. oven -

Cake Pan SizeApproximate Baking Times
24 cupcakes18 to 23 minutes
Two 8 x 1-1/2 inch round baking pans35 to 40 minutes
Two 9 x 1-1/2 inch round baking pans30 to 35 minutes
Two 8 x 8 x 2 or 9 x 9 x 2 inch baking pans25 to 35 minutes
12 cup Bundt Cake or Angel Food cake pan35 to one hour
10-inch cheesecake made in spring form pan35 to one hour
13- x 9- x 2-inch - 1/4 sheet cake30 to 35 minutes
15 x 10 x 1-inch long jelly roll cake25 to 30 minutes
10-inch loaf cake25 to 40 minutes

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Cake Making Tips

  • Be sure to read the recipe a couple of times before preheating your oven. The baking powder you thought you had may have "magically" turned into baking soda or visa versa.
  • Measure your ingredients carefully. Baking a good cake depends on the right chemical reactions. It's not like a stir-fry. You can't just throw in any dry ingredient or add too much liquid unless you're looking for a cake disaster.
  • Nothing ruins a pretty cake more than half of it sticking to pan. Be sure to grease and flour the pan according to the recipe directions. Worse case scenario, got a messed-up cake? Not messed up too bad, then use frosting to cover it up. Worse than that? Make a trifle.
  • Shiny metal pans and dark metal pans cook differently. Dark pans cook the outsides of the cake faster than the shiny ones do. Sometimes this could be useful, but most the times not. Turn the oven down 25 degrees F. when using a dark metal pan.
  • Another way that messes up even baking is allowing the baking pans to touch each other or the walls of the oven. The effected part of the pan will cook quicker due to the extra heat.
  • Cooling the cake completely makes it easier to frost. The longer the cake is allowed to sit, the less likely cake crumbs will be come up while frosting. A cold cake holds together even better.
  • If you want to torte (slice the cake layer horizontally), use toothpicks to mark the middle the cake. Use a long serrated knife to slice through the center. Another way to divide the cake into two layers, is to take a very long piece of dental floss and pull it through. Refrigerate the cake layer first to make it a bit stiff.
  • Store the cake according to the recipe directions. Cakes made with whipped cream or frosting with butter, should be refrigerated. Just keep in mind that refrigerated cakes tend to dry out, so eat them within a few days. The prettiest way to store a cake is in a glass cake container that sits on the kitchen counter.
  • Cake layers freeze beautifully. Wrap each layer in plastic wrap. Next, place the cake layer or layers in resealable freezer bags. The un-frosted layers will maintain their flavor for at least 3 months.
  • If you decide to freeze an already frosted cake, place it in the freezer on a foil lined baking sheet. Freeze it for at least 8 hours or overnight. Once it's frozen hard, wrap it in plastic wrap. Place the wrapped cake into a freezer bag or a container.

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