How do I bake multiple pans at the same time? I know I am supposed to keep the pans in the middle of the rack, so can I place one over the other on 2 separate racks? Or can I place both pans on the same rack? Also what is the maximum number of cake pans that can effectively be cooked at the same time?
Thank you for your advice.
In general, pans need plenty of clearance all around them for air circulation. The size and shape of the pans determines how many you can place on a rack. No pan should touch the oven walls or door or another pan.
If you need to place pans on two racks, do not place them directly above each other. Stagger them for better air circulation (according to my oven manual). For example, place one toward the right back and the one below it toward the left front.
Ovens vary, and you'll have to experiment with what works best for you.
When my husband does his annual fruit cake baking we fill both racks with several loaf pans each. Half way through we re-arrange the pans. But this is heavy batter that bakes at a low temperature for a very long time, and nobody cares how much each cake domes! When I bake cakes to decorate I try very hard to avoid using two racks. I'd rather take the extra time and be sure the cakes bake evenly.
Some things to remember, you need to leave some space between pans and the oven, you don't want anything to be touching. Stagger the pans if possible, place the smaller pans to the front of the oven so that you can take them out first, and rotate if things are baking a bit unevenly.
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