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Topic: How many cake mixes for a 12" round cake pan?
Reg926 03/27/2009 3:00 PM
Does anyone know if a 12" round cake pan would take 1 or 2 cake mixes?
Jeanne G 03/27/2009 3:14 PM
Here are the Wilton charts for batter amounts, bake times, servings, and even frosting amounts. They are worth downloading and printing, I think!

If your pan is 2" deep you will need to make two mixes, but you will have batter leftover -- make cupcakes!

If your pan is 3" deep you will need to make three mixes, and you will have leftover batter.

Good luck.
Reg926 03/27/2009 3:25 PM
Thanks for the info!
Dustbunny 03/31/2009 1:29 PM
how many cups of batter does the average cake mix yeild?
Jeanne G 03/31/2009 1:45 PM
Most cake mixes make about 4.5 cups of batter -- a few make closer to 5.

There was a significant reformulation of cake mixes a few years ago. Batter volume decreased, but interestingly the size of the finished cake did not. The new formulas rose more, apparently. (And the rose more evenly, with less doming.) I've written notes to myself on my printed copy of the chart, adjusting the amount of batter to use downward.

The charts are essential, in my opinion, but we also need to keep in mind that different recipes and different mixes rise differently. Once you know how your particular recipe or mix or doctored mix behaves, you can personalize the charts.