Thursday, March 31, 2011

BAKING PAN SIZES - PAN DIMENSIONS AND VOLUME

This is a very useful information on baking pan sizes  in terms of dimensions and volume. It is important to understand how the measurement works to avoid disappointment in baking. Information extracted from joyofbaking.com You can refer to their website for more details.

Baking pans come in a wide range of sizes, from a round cake pan to a loaf pan.  Different size pans hold different capacities (volumes) of batters and this must be taken into account when substituting one pan size for another in a recipe.  If you use a larger pan than asked for in a recipe this will change the depth of the batter (shallower) and therefore the batter will bake much more quickly.  Likewise, if you use a smaller pan than asked for in a recipe this will also change the depth of the batter (deeper) and therefore the batter will take longer to bake.


To determine the pan's dimensions always measure inside edge to inside edge of the pan so that you do not include the thickness of the pan in your measurement.


To measure the depth, place your ruler straight up from the bottom of the pan (do not slant the ruler). 

To determine the pan's volume (how much batter it will hold), pour pre-measured water by the cupful until the pan is filled to the brim.

Once you have measured the pan's dimensions and volume you can check the table below for pan substitutions.  The ideal pan substitution is one that keeps the same batter depth as in the original recipe.  In this way you do not have to make any drastic changes in baking times and temperatures.   For example;  you could substitute a 8 x 8 x 1 1/2 inch square pan (6 cups) for a 8 x 2 inch round pan (6 cups) without changing the baking time or oven temperature stated in the original recipe.

If the new pan makes the batter shallower than in the original recipe, this will cause the heat to reach the center of the pan more quickly and you will have more evaporation.  To solve this problem you need to shorten the baking time and raise the temperature of the oven slightly.  Correspondingly, if the new pan makes the batter deeper than in the original recipe, this will cause less evaporation and the batter will take longer to cook.  To solve this problem you need to lengthen the baking time and lower the temperature of the oven slightly.  This will keep the batter from over-browning.

Note:  Keep in mind that most home ovens will only accommodate up to a 17 x 14 inch (43 x 36 cm) pan.

Conversions:  (Dimensions) 1 inch = 2.54 cm  (Volume) 1 cup = 237 ml

Approximate
Pan
Dimensions (inches)
Approximate
Volume (cups)
Approximate
Pan
Dimensions centimeters)
 (cm)
Approximate Volume (milliliters) (ml)
Round
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Round

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6 x 2 inches4 cups15 x 5 cm948 ml
8 x 1 1/2 inches4 cups20 x 4 cm948 ml
8 x 2 inches6 cups20 x 5 cm1.4 liters
9 x 1 1/2 inches6 cups23 x 4 cm1.4 liters
9 x 2 inches8  cups23 x 5 cm1.9 liters
10 x 2 inches11 cups25 x 5 cm2.6 liters
SpringformSpringform
9 x 2 1/2 inches10 cups23 x 6 cm2.4 liters
9 x 3 inches12 cups23 x 8 cm2.8 liters
10 x 2 1/2 inches12 cups25 x 6 cm2.8 liters
BundtBundt
7 1/2 x 3 inches6 cups19 x 8 cm1.4 liters
9 x 3 inches9 cups23 x 8 cm2.1 liters
10 x 3 1/2 inches12 cups25 x 9 cm2.8 liters
TubeTube
8 x 3 inches9 cups20 x 8 cm2.1 liters
9 x 3 inches12 cups23 x 8 cm2.8 liters
10 x 4 inches16 cups25 x 10 cm3.8 liters
SquareSquare
8 x 8 x 1 1/2 in.6 cups20 x 20 x 4 cm1.4 liters
8 x 8 x 2 inches8 cups20 x 20 x 5 cm1.9 liters
9 x 9 x 1 1/2 in.8 cups23 x 23 x 4 cm1.9 liters
9 x 9 x 2 inches10 cups23 x 23 x 5 cm2.4 liters
10 x 10 x 2 inches12 cups25 x 25 x 5 cm2.8 liters
RectangularRectangular
11 x 7 x 2 inches6 cups28 x 18 x 5 cm1.4 liters
13 x 9 x 2 inches14 cups33 x 23 x 5 cm3.3 liters
Jelly RollJelly Roll
10 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 110 cups27 x 39 x 2.5  cm2.4 liters
12 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 112 cups32 x 44 x 2.5 cm2.8 liters
LoafLoaf
8 x 4 x 2 1/2 in.4 cups20 x 10 x 6 cm948 ml
8 1/2x4 1/2x2 1/26 cups21 x 11 x 6 cm1.4 liters
9 x 5 x 3 inches8 cups23 x 13 x 8 cm1.9 liters
MuffinMuffin
1 3/4 x 3/4 in.1/8 cup4.5 x 2 cm30 ml
2 3/4 x 1 1/8 in.1/4 cup7 x 3 cm60 ml
2 3/4 x 1 1/2 in.1/2 cup7 x 4 cm120 ml
3 x 1 1/4 inches5/8 cup8 x 3 cm150 ml
Heart ShapedHeart Shaped
8 x 2 1/2 inches8 cups20 x 6 cm1.9 liters

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