Discover how to adapt recipes to fit certain cake pans, how to substitute cake pans, standard baking measurements, and how many cups of cake batter you need for almost any baking dish.
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These baking pan conversions charts make it simple if you need to know how much cake batter per pan.
It will show you exactly how much cake batter each will hold. Loaf pan, round cake pan, square pan, bundt pan, cupcakes, and even a jelly roll pan.
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- Should you cook by cups or weight?
Baking pan conversion chart
Using the conversion chart for any cake pan size, you can find how different cake pans have the equivalent volume for your baking recipes.
For example, a 9-inch x 2-inch round pan will hold 8 cups (1.9 liters), which is the equivalent of a loaf pan 9-inch x 5-inch x 3-inch, and an 8-inch square pan.
When you swap baking dishes for the same volume, you may need to adjust the baking time because the dimensions, the height, and depth of the cake batter will have changed.
Common baking pan sizes – inches, cm, cups, ml
These charts show you how much batter your baking dish or cake pan will hold.
Different baking pan sizes can be used for your cake recipe using the following pan substitutions.
Bundt pans volume will vary depending on design and shape.
|Type of pan||Size (inch)||Size (cm)||Cups||Volume|
|Round pan||6 x 2||15cm x 5cm||4 cups||950ml|
|8 x 2||20cm x 5cm||6 cups||1.4 liters|
|9 x 2||23cm x 5cm||8 cups||1.9 liters|
|Square pan||8 x 8 x 2||20cm x 20cm x 5cm||8 cups||1.9 liters|
|9 x 9 x 2||23cm x 23cm x 5cm||10 cups||2.4 liters|
|10 x 10 x 2||25cm x 25cm x 5cm||12 cups||2.8 liters|
|Rectangle||11 x 7 x 2||28cm x 18cm x 5cm||10 cups||2.4 liters|
|13 x 9 x 2||33cm x 23xm x 5cm||14 cups||3.3 liters|
|Loaf pans||8 x 4 x 3||20cm x 10cm x 8cm||4 cups||950ml|
|9 x 5 x 3||23cm x 13cm x 8cm||8 cups||1.9 liters|
|Bundt pan||10 x 3||25cm x 8cm||10 cups||2.4 liters|
|Springform pan||9 x 2.5||23cm x 6cm||10 cups||2.4 liters|
|10 x 2.5||25cm x 6cm||12 cups||2.8 liters|
|Jelly roll pans||10 x 15||27cm x 39cm x 2.5cm||10 cups||2.4 liters|
|12 x 17||32cm x 44cm x 2.5cm||12 cups||2.8 liters|
Cupcake pan sizes – inches, cm, cups, ml
The size of cupcake tins can vary considerably, but these are considered to be standard cupcake size, standard mini-cupcake size, and a regular muffin tin.
|Type of pan||Cups||Volume|
|Mini cupcakes||1/4 cup||60ml|
|Cupcakes||1/3 – 1/2 cup||80ml – 120ml|
|Jumbo muffins||1/2 – 2/3 cup||120ml – 180ml|
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- Large muffin pans
How to substitute cake pans
The baking pan conversions will show you the VOLUME of cake batter, but you should only fill cake pans halfway (or two-thirds of the way) to allow the cake to rise.
If you are making two or more multiple cake layers, always measure your cake batter evenly between the baking pans so they bake evenly to be equal heights.
Adapting recipes to fit certain cake pans
It’s best to stick with the size of the cake tin or baking pan that the original recipe suggests using. The recipe developer will have tried various cooking times and methods to get the recipe just right.
But let’s look at how to swap baking pan sizes.
How to substitute a smaller baking pan
A smaller baking dish will make the cake smaller but taller. There is a risk your cake may take a long time to cook into the center.
Some cakes will rise more than others so always choose a baking pan that is tall enough.
If you want to use a smaller baking pan, you will need to adjust baking times according to the size and depth of your baking pan.
How to substitute a larger baking pan
A larger baking dish will make the cake wider and thinner. There is a risk your cake may be thin and dry.
If you want to use larger baking dishes than the recipe calls for, you will need to reduce baking times according to the size and depth of your baking pan.
Baking pans FAQ
Get a measuring cup and pour a cup of water in until the baking pan is full. Count how many cups you used.
Cupcakes are lighter and fluffier than a muffin. Muffins are heavier and denser
A jelly roll pan is a flat sheet pan with small raised edges. It is often called and sheet pan or baking sheet.
A cookie sheet is a flat rectangular pan with no sides or 2 small lips to help lift it from the oven rack. A cookie sheet has no sides so it is easy to slide the baked cookies off.
Yes, cupcake tins and muffin tins are the same sizes.
If you only have enough cake batter for a few cupcakes and have empty cupcake tins, fill them with 1 or 2 tablespoons of water which will help even baking and an even heat distribution.
The best jelly roll pan substitute is a baking sheet. They’re both rectangular pans with raised edges. Just check the pan’s dimensions to match the pan’s volume.
These non-stick liners can be used on cookie sheets and baking trays or sheet pans. A silicone cookie sheet can be used instead of baking parchment paper and reused again and again.
If your pan holds less than the original recipe and you have too much batter, you can simply fill the extra cake batter in a smaller pan. Measure the leftover batter and find a smaller pan for smaller cakes, or fill cupcake cases and shorter bake time.
A 9-inch round cake pan will hold up to 8 cups of cake batter. You can use an 8-inch square pan, 9×5-inch loaf pan, 8-inch bundt pan, or 16 cupcakes.
Easy baking recipes
Now you know all the different baking pan sizes, these are the most popular easy baking recipes to try.
- Sugar-free meringue roulade – uses a baking sheet (jelly roll pan)
- Sugar-free flourless chocolate fudge cake – uses two round pans and each layer is filled with keto chocolate buttercream.
- Sugar-free keto bounty bars – uses a square pan
- Almond flour pastry – uses pie plates
- Almond flour bread – uses a loaf pan
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