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Topic: How many cups of batter are in the average box mix?
emmer_d 01/20/2011 8:59 AM

I'm trying to figure out how many boxes of cake mix I need to buy for each layer. Thanks!

Also, do you always follow these recommendations for batter amounts when baking these size cakes:

6in round = 2 cups of batter

8in round = 3 1/2 cups of batter

10in round = 6 cups of batter

12in round = 7 1/2 cups of batter

OR do you add a little more to the pan just to make sure it reaches over 2 inches when baked?

cutedoggie 01/20/2011 9:34 AM
I have never run across one that had more than 5 cups of batter and I weigh everything. In fact it is most often just shy of 5 cups of batter and that is scraping the mixer bowl "clean" if you will. Pound cakes have around 4 or less.
emmer_d 01/20/2011 9:39 AM
So, just to be on the safe side I should probably go with about 4 cups per mix. Thanks so much!
cakes06 01/20/2011 9:44 AM
One box mix for two 6" rounds
One box mix for one 8" round
3 box mixes (divided) for two 10" rounds
2 box mixes for one 12" round
3 box mixes for one 14" round
4 box mixes for one 16" round
Jackson25 07/28/2011 7:30 PM
Quick question. I'm using a 12" round for the first time this weekend but it's gonna be a doctored up cake mix recipe. I am bit confused here you said 2 box mixes for a 12" but is that for a one layer or two layer? and with the doctored up reicipe would that be too much?
cakes06 07/28/2011 7:42 PM
The two boxes are for one 12" layer. I never doctor up my mixes but imagine that you would have a little extra batter. In that case, just make sure you don't overfill your should be a little over half full. If you have batter left, make cupcakes and put in zip lock bags and freeze or if you're needing a 6" round, you might have enough to make one of those.
Jackson25 07/28/2011 7:49 PM
Can I divide the boxes for two layers? or would I need four boxes to do so?
xina19 07/28/2011 7:54 PM
Jackson25: I just made two 2" high 12" rounds recently using the WASC recipe (an extender/doctored mix recipe: see the recipe forum) with two box mixes. Yesterday, I made a 1 box WASC and it made 1 8" round - two inches high and one six inch round - also two inches high. Alternatively, the 1 box WASC also makes two six inch rounds (2" high pans) and 12 cupcakes. :-) HTH.
Jackson25 07/28/2011 8:09 PM
I will not be using the the WASC recipe, I'm doing a orange cake using a yellow cake mix
cakes06 07/28/2011 8:10 PM
You just mix up two boxes to bake one 12" layer. Two 12" rounds won't fit into my oven but if you have that option or perhaps have two ovens, you can mix up 4 boxes and then divide it.