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Cake Baking, Cutting & Serving Guide - 3 in. Deep Pans

Baking Times, Batter Amounts & Number of Servings One cake mix yields 4 to 5 1/2 cups of batter. Pans are usually filled 1/2 to 2/3 full; 3" deep pans should be filled only 1/2 full. Batter amounts on these charts are for pans 2/3 full of batter. For large cakes, always check for doneness after they have baked for 1 hour.
Note: For Pans 11" and larger, use a heating core when baking. The charts below show baking information and serving amounts for both 2-inch pans and 3-inch high pans. The figures for 2-inch pans are based on a 2-layer or 4-inch depth cake. The figures for 3-inch pans are based on a 1-layer cake which has been torted and filled to reach a 3-inch depth. The serving amounts listed are based on party-sized portions of approximately 1-1/2 x 2 inches or wedding-sized portions which are cut smaller, about 1 x 2 inches. You may wish to cut larger or smaller pieces, depending on whether you are using a 4-inch layer or a 3-inch layer. The number of servings given is meant as a guide only.
Pan Shape Pan Size Servings 2 layer Cups Batter for 1 layer Baking Temps. Baking Time Minutes Approx. Cups Icing to Ice & Decorate 2 Layer Cake

Round

6"

12

3

350

35-40

3

8"

24

5

350

55-60

4

10"

38

8

325

65-75

5

12"

56

10 1/2

325

60-65

6

14"

78

15

325

75-85

8

16"

100

18

325

75-85

9

18" Half Round

2" layer

146*

9**

325

60-65

10 1/2

3" layer

146*

12**

325

60-65

10 1/2

Square

8"

32

6 1/2

350

60-65

4 1/2

10"

50

9

325

65-75

6

12"

72

14

325

65-75

7 1/2

14"

98

19

325

65-75

9 1/2

Contour

7"

11

3 1/2

350

45-50

2

9"

17

5 1/2

350

45-50

2 1/2

11"

24

8

350

80-85

3

13"

39

13

325

75-80

4

15"

48

16

325

75-80

5

Sheet

9 x 13"

65

11 1/2

325

70-75

5

11 x 15"

90

16

325

80-85

6 1/2

12 x 18"

108

20

325

85-90

8

Note: For Pans 10" and larger, use a heating core when baking. *Two half rounds. **For each round pan.

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Comments (7)

BAKING TIME NOTE; When baking WASC the 6 x 3 Magic Line round with 3 cups batter takes exactly 58 minutes to bake. I bake 2 or 3 rounds at a time. The above chart shows baking time at 35 to 40 mins.
Just to clarify....for my 10 inch pan, I should fill 1/2 of batter and cook at 350 for 55-60 minutes. Am I reading this correctly. Can you please let me know ASAP, as I really need hurt and the cake has to be made in 2 days!! Thanks so much!!
Would it also apply for all 3 inch pans, 1/2 the batter but use the cooking time listed? Thanks so much!
Do you happen to know the serving amounts for the odd size pans? I really need it for the squares.
Do the approx. cups for icing and decoration include filling as well?
Ok I am lost... new at this... too also had brain surgery and don't comprehend a lot of the reading... easier if someone explains to me.... for I am making a Birthday cake for a girl who turns 16 this month... she had me get two pans for it... both are 3 inches deep both are round.... one is 8 inches round the other is 12 inches round.... so how much Chocolate Cake do I need for this..... How do I keep the top on the bottom.... Anyone know where I can buy a box big enough for the girl to carry it to her party from my house.... Also how much Chocolate Frosting would I need and then White for the stripes on the top and circles on the bottom..... Please help.....
Question, if I am baking a round cake and making it 3 layers 2inches deep each one is the serving amount the same?
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