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Old 02-15-2009, 12:05 PM   #1
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Converting Cake Pans

I need to get started on DHs birthday cake .

I've got a great recipe that requires 2 9" cake pans, however I only have a 3-tier layer set with a 10", 8" and 7".

Can I use a 10 and 8" (since that adds up to 18" too? )

What baking adjustments should I make?

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Old 02-15-2009, 12:15 PM   #2
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You can definitely make the recipe as it is and use the 10 and the 8 as long as you adjust the cooking temp and watch carefully. Personally, I would bake them separately, but that's just me. You can then either use them as a tiered cake or you can use the 8 inch pan as a guide after you cool the 10 inch cake and cut around the pan to have a perfectly round cake.

Cooking time for the smaller will be less while cooking time for the larger will be more, that's why I'd cook them separately. Try pouring the batter to equal levels in the pans so your layers will be of equal height. They will be thinner than normal cake layers.

Personally, for the cost, I'd probably go buy the 2 nine inch, but that's just me. I like having the variety.
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Old 02-15-2009, 12:21 PM   #3
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thank you!

I will eventually get a couple 9" pans - of course I have to do things last minute, his party is tonight and I gotta get started right now :D
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Old 02-15-2009, 12:32 PM   #4
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Why not decide on either the 8" or 10 " pan and bake one, then after the first one is baked use the same pan and bake another. That is what I do when I make my Lane Cake and need three 9" pans but only have two.
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Old 02-15-2009, 12:39 PM   #5
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The other thing you can do is to use the 8 or the 10, put all the batter in at once and then cut it into two layers. The 8 will give you slightly thicker layers and the 10 will be slightly thinner. you will have to increase your baking time for both and I would decrease your temperature by 25 degrees and watch it. But this gives you a nice uniform cake.
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:22 PM   #6
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Another option would be to use 8" square pans if you enough of them. A 9" round pan has approximately the same area as an 8" square pan (63.7 square inches vs. 64 square inches).
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Old 02-15-2009, 03:16 PM   #7
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thanks guys - the cake looks delicious!
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Old 02-15-2009, 05:30 PM   #8
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What did you finally do about the pans? Do you have pictures of the cake?
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Old 02-15-2009, 05:38 PM   #9
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I ended up going with a 10" and 8" cake pan - and yes, the finished about 5 minutes apart from each other. I think next time if I do that I will cut the 10" after baking to the same size as the 8" - I didn't, and now wish I had. I'll get a picture once the candles go on it ;)
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