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Food Dork Fridays | Comfortably Domestic

I’m following a slight tangent in relation to food science, just long enough to share a very useful chart that I’ve had hanging on the side of my refrigerator for as long as I can remember. This handy-dandy chart outlines volume equivalents for various cake, loaf, tube pans, cupcake tins, pie plates, etc.

I can honestly say that I have no idea where the chart originated from. My own chart has been splattered with just about every type of batter known to man; over  the years I’ve made so many notations and adjustments that it is high time that I retyped the dang thing so that I can again have a legible copy on the ‘fridge.

Baking Pan Conversion Chart | ComfortablyDomestic.com

Is this cake pan conversion chart absolutely perfect? Well, I think so! I should note that since every brand of baking pan differs slightly, take this as my friendly little disclaimer that your results may be not be exactly the same as mine–but they should be darn-near close.

General Rules: When baking in a pan other than what is called for in a recipe, the baking time (not the temperature) will need to be increased or decreased based on the volume of the batter, in relation to the width and depth of the pans.

For example, let’s say I follow a recipe for an 8-inch round layer cake, but once the batter is made, I realize that my boys have absconded with my 8-inch round pans. Since the volume of batter remains unchanged regardless of the pans I bake it in, I can instead bake it in two 9 x 4 inch loaf pans.  I will, however, need to extend the baking time because the loaf pans have a smaller surface area and a greater depth than that of the round pans.

Wait. What?

A loaf pan is taller and not as wide as a round pan. Our FDF discussion on heat told us that convection currents cause batters bake from the outside in; so the batter, being denser in the taller pan, will take longer to bake than in the more shallow pan.

The opposite is true when using a larger or shallower pan than dictated by a recipe. If I were to follow a recipe calling for a 9 x 13 inch pan, but instead I decided to bake the batter in a half sheet pan, the half-sheet pan will bake the batter in less time than required by the 9 x 13, because the half-sheet is more shallow, with a greater surface area. Cupcakes will bake even faster for the same reasons.

A Word of Caution: While I’ve outlined volume equivalents for various baking pans, do not forget the important roll that leavening plays in the grand scheme of things. Extended baking times for deeper pans may mean that the leavening exhausts itself before the batter has finished baking–this can result in a cake that is beautiful around the edges with a sunken middle. Such an occurrence, while tragic, can sometimes be salvaged with a little creativity on the fly.

As a courtesy to my international readers, I’ve included a second chart with American to Metric Pan Conversions, as well. Love y’all!

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Baking Pan Conversion Chart

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  Recipe Calls For:  Batter Volume: Can Be Substituted:
 1 (8-inch) round cake pan  4 cups 1 (8 x 4)-inch loaf pan, or1 (9-inch) round cake pan, or1 (9-inch) pie plate12 (standard) cupcakes
 2 (8-inch) round cake pans  8 cups 2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans1 (9-inch) tube pan2 (9-inch) round cake pans1 (10-inch) Bundt pan

1 (11 x 7-inch) baking dish

1 (10-inch) springform pan

24 (standard) cupcakes

 1 (9-inch) round cake pan  6 cups 1 (8-inch) round cake pan1 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pan1 (11 x 7-inch) baking dish18 (standard) cupcakes
 2 (9-inch) round cake pans 12 cups 2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans1 (9-inch) tube pan3 (8-inch) round cake pans1 (10-inch) Bundt pan

2 (11 x 7-inch) baking dishes

1 (10-inch) springform pan

36 (standard) cupcakes

 1 (10-inch) round cake pan 11 cups 2 (8-inch) round cake pans1 (9-inch) tube pan1 (10-inch) springform pan32 (standard) cupcakes
 2 (10-inch) round cake pans 22 cups 5 (8-inch) round cake pans3 or 4 (9-inch) round cake pans2 (10-inch) springform pans64 (standard) cupcakes
 9-inch tube pan 12 cups 2 (9-inch) round cake pans2 (8-inch) round cake pans1 (10-inch) Bundt pan36 (standard) cupcakes
 10-inch tube pan  16 cups 3 (9-inch) round cake pans2 (10-inch) pie plates2 (9-inch) deep dish pie plates4 (8-inch) pie plates

2 (9×5-inch) loaf pans

2 (8-inch) square baking dishes

2 (9-inch) square baking dishes

48 (standard) cupcakes

 10-inch Bundt pan  12 cups 1 (9×13-inch) baking dish2 (9-inch) round cake pans2 (8-inch) round cake pans1 (9-inch) tube pan

2 (11×7-inch) baking dishes

1 (10-inch) springform pan

36 (standard) cupcakes

 11 x 7 x 2-inch baking dish  6 cups 1 (8-inch) square baking dish1 (9-inch) square baking dish1 (9-inch) round cake pan18 (standard) cupcakes
 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking dish  15 cups 1 (10-inch) Bundt cake pan2 (9-inch) round cake pans3 (8-inch) round cake pans1 (10 x 15-inch) jellyroll pan

42 (standard) cupcakes

 10 x 15 x 1-inch jelly roll pan  15 cups 1 (10-inch) Bundt pan2 (9-inch) round cake pans2 (8-inch) round cake pans1 (9 x 13-inch) baking dish

42 (standard) cupcakes

 9 x 5-inch loaf pan   8 cups 1 (9 x 2-inch) deep dish pie plate1 (10-inch) pie plate1 (8-inch) square baking dish1 (9-inch) square baking dish

24 (standard) cupcakes

 8 x 4-inch loaf pan  6 cups 1 (8-inch) round cake pan1 (11 x 7-inch) baking dish18 (standard) cupcakes
 9-inch springform pan  10 cups 1 (10-inch) round cake pan1 (10-inch) springform pan2 (8-inch) round cake pans2 (9-inch) round cake pans

30 (standard) cupcakes

 10-inch springform pan  12 cups 2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans1 (9-inch) tube pan2 (9-inch) round cake pans1 (10-inch) Bundt pan

2 (11 x 7-inch) baking dishes

2 (8-inch) round cake pans

36 (standard) cupcakes

 8-inch square baking dish  8 cups 1 (9 x 2-inch) deep dish pie plate1 (9 x 5-inch) loaf pan2 (8-inch) pie plates24 (standard) cupcakes
 9-inch square baking dish  8 cups 1 (11 x 7-inch) baking dish1 (9 x 2-inch) deep dish pie plate1 (9 x 5-inch) loaf pan2 (8-inch) pie plates

24 (standard) cupcakes

American to Metric Baking Pan Sizes

 
8 x 8 x 2-inch baking pan 20 x 20 x 5 cm
9 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan 23 x 23 x 5 cm
13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan 33 x 23 x 5 cm
15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan 38 x 26 x 3 cm
9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan 23 x 13 x 6 cm
9-inch pie plate 23 x 3 cm
1 1/2-quart baking dish 1.5 liters
2-quart baking dish 2 liters
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