By Allrecipes Editors
September 12, 2014
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Trying to fit a square cake into a round pan? Find out how much batter you'll need. Here's a handy-dandy infographic to help you out:

If you have an unusual pan size and would like to figure out its capacity, measure the amount of water it takes to fill the pan.

  • Compare that measurement to the volumes in our chart (or the cake pan size listed in your recipe) to determine how much batter you'll need.
  • To ensure a cake rises evenly, you should only fill your pans to the half-way mark.
  • The baking time may change as well, so it is imperative that you keep a watchful eye on your cake, and check for doneness using your preferred method.
  • It's always better to have a little extra batter, rather than not enough. Once you've filled the pans half-full, use any remaining batter to bake a few cupcakes.

Baking Pan Conversion Chart

  Recipe Calls For

 Volume

  Use Instead

 1 (8-inch) round cake pan

 4 cups

1 (8 x 4)-inch loaf pan; 1 (9-inch) round cake pan; 1 (9-inch) pie plate

 2 (8-inch) round cake pans

 8 cups

2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans; 1 (9-inch) tube pan; 2 (9-inch) round cake pans; 1 (10-inch) Bundt pan; 1 (11 x 7-inch) baking dish; 1 (10-inch) springform pan

 1 (9-inch) round cake pan

 6 cups

1 (8-inch) round cake pan; 1 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pan; 1 (11 x 7-inch) baking dish

 2 (9-inch) round cake pans

12 cups

2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans; 1 (9-inch) tube pan; 2 (8-inch) round cake pans; 1 (10-inch) Bundt pan; 2 (11 x 7-inch) baking dishes; 1 (10-inch) springform pan

 1 (10-inch) round cake pan

11 cups

2 (8-inch) round cake pans; 1 (9-inch) tube pan; 1 (10-inch) springform pan

 2 (10-inch) round cake pans

22 cups

5 (8-inch) round cake pans; 3 or 4 (9-inch) round cake pans; 2 (10-inch) springform pans

 9-inch tube pan

12 cups

2 (9-inch) round cake pans; 2 (8-inch) round cake pans; 1 (10-inch) Bundt pan

 10-inch tube pan

 16 cups

3 (9-inch) round cake pans; 2 (10-inch) pie plates; 2 (9-inch) deep dish pie plates; 4 (8-inch) pie plates; 2 (9x5-inch) loaf pans; 2 (8-inch) square baking dishes; 2 (9-inch) square baking dishes

 10-inch Bundt pan

 12 cups

1 (9x13-inch) baking dish; 2 (9-inch) round cake pans; 2 (8-inch) round cake pans; 1 (9-inch) tube pan; 2 (11x7-inch) baking dishes; 1 (10-inch) springform pan

 11 x 7 x 2-inch baking dish

 6 cups

1 (8-inch) square baking dish; 1 (9-inch) square baking dish; 1 (9-inch) round cake pan

 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking dish

 15 cups

1 (10-inch) Bundt cake pan; 2 (9-inch) round cake pans; 3 (8-inch) round cake pans; 1 (10 x 15-inch) jellyroll pan

 10 x 15 x 1-inch jellyroll pan

 15 cups

1 (10-inch) Bundt pan; 2 (9-inch) round cake pans; 2 (8-inch) round cake pans; 1 (9 x 13-inch) baking dish

 9 x 5-inch loaf pan

  8 cups

1 (9 x 2-inch) deep dish pie plate; 1 (10-inch) pie plate; 1 (8-inch) square baking dish; 1 (9-inch) square baking dish

 8 x 4-inch loaf pan

 6 cups

1 (8-inch) round cake pan; 1 (11 x 7-inch) baking dish

 9-inch springform pan

 10 cups

1 (10-inch) round cake pan; 1 (10-inch) springform pan; 2 (8-inch) round cake pans; 2 (9-inch) round cake pans

 10-inch springform pan

 12 cups

2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans1 (9-inch) tube pan; 2 (9-inch) round cake pans; 1 (10-inch) Bundt pan; 2 (11 x 7-inch) baking dishes; 2 (8-inch) round cake pans

 8-inch square baking dish

 8 cups

1 (9 x 2-inch) deep dish pie plate; 1 (9 x 5-inch) loaf pan; 2 (8-inch) pie plates

 9-inch square baking dish

 8 cups

1 (11 x 7-inch) baking dish; 1 (9 x 2-inch) deep dish pie plate; 1 (9 x 5-inch) loaf pan; 2 (8-inch) pie plates


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