Working on a recipe that calls for a pan size you don’t have? No problem. Just use these pan substitution charts to look up other pans that you can use instead. We calculated how much batter each type of pan holds; then, crunched the numbers to determine other pans that were capable of holding the same volume of batter. Easy!
These charts are also handy when you want to switch to a different shape pan – from a round pan to a rectangular pan, for example – or when you want to double a recipe. Just look up the volume of the pan that’s called for. Then, find a pan on the chart that can handle twice that volume.
Have a Special Pan That You’d Like to Use?
If you have a uniquely-shaped pan that you’d like to use in place of the one the recipe calls for, but you aren’t sure how it compares in size, calculate the volume by filling it with water to see how many cups it will hold. Since cake pans are usually only filled half way to allow room for the cake to rise, it’s best to go by how many cups the pan can hold when half-filled.
How to Adjust Baking Times for a Different Size Pan:
If the substituted pan is the same depth as the one called for in the recipe, you shouldn’t have to make any adjustments to the baking time. However, if the substituted pan is shallower, (a one-inch deep pan, instead of a two-inch), you’ll need to shorten the baking time a bit. Likewise, if the substituted pan is deeper (a two-inch deep pan, instead of a one-inch), you’ll need to increase the baking time a bit.
It’s also worth noting that foods cooked in a glass pan may take 5-10 minutes longer than those cooked in a metal pan. Just check for doneness more frequently, and you should get great results.
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