Number Of Cake Mixes

Decorating By Beecharmer Updated 25 Mar 2005 , 4:02pm by tripletmom

Beecharmer Posted 24 Mar 2005 , 5:35pm
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I need to know how many cake mixes fit in different size pans. Is there a chart somewhere on this website? I am making a 16" cake plus a 10". Do others put more than one cake mix in the 10" pan? It usually looks sort of flat with just one. Also making a 6" cake. Any help is appreciated.

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m0use Posted 24 Mar 2005 , 5:44pm
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I just made a 14" round with a doctored up cake mix- and it took 4 boxes. So I would use at least 7 cake mix boxes for a 16" and a 10"- provided the were all the same flavor cake.
Also found this on Wilton's site


One cake mix yields 4 to 5 1/2 cups of batter. Pans are usually filled 1/2 to 2/3 full; 3" deep pans should be filled only 1/2 full. Batter amounts on these charts are for pans 2/3 full of batter. For large cakes, always check for doneness after they have baked for 1 hour.

This is a chart for 2" deep pans for the amount of batter needed and amount of icing needed:

Lisa Posted 24 Mar 2005 , 5:50pm
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Here are the Wilton charts

I don't ever measure my batter. I use a half a box for the 6" and 1 1/2 boxes for the 10". I tried to use 2 boxes of mix for the 10" but it was too much. I just make sure I'm filling the pans a little over half full. Sometimes 2/3 full if I want it higher.

tripletmom Posted 24 Mar 2005 , 6:43pm
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Talk about timing!

I am going to use my new stand-ip lamb pan today and it states that I need about 6 cups of batter to fill it so obviously a standard cake mix would not do the trick. I will now use the enhanced cake mix recipe on this site and hopefully that will work.

m0use Posted 24 Mar 2005 , 6:55pm
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If you have extra batter left over, make cupcakes and freeze them for later. That way if you have a cake fix but don't want a whole cake, just grab a cupcake out of the freezer. Also great for kids.
My mom lives alone and a couple of weeks ago she had a cake craving, I happened to be out shopping with her when it happened. When she brought me back home, I gave her a couple of cupcakes out of the freezer along with some extra icing and she was happy. That way she did not buy a whole cake and waste it.

Beecharmer Posted 24 Mar 2005 , 7:29pm
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Thank you so much. I looked at, but must have passed that right up. Now, for my next question - What is a heating core?

m0use Posted 24 Mar 2005 , 7:48pm
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It looks like a little metal cup that is supposed to get heat to the middle of the cake so that it bakes evenly in the middle. I personally don't use them. I have found that if you use a metal flower nail (make sure it's coated), stick that flat side down into the cake batter in the middle of the pan, and place the cake in the oven to bake. That way you don't have any missing cake, just a little hole from the flower nail. It works great- I just used it this last Sunday.

diane Posted 25 Mar 2005 , 1:39pm
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wilton may not have a friendly forum, but they sure have a lot of information!! icon_eek.gif

m0use Posted 25 Mar 2005 , 2:23pm
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Heating core looks like this:
The flower nail looks like this:
Which would you rather have for a hole to worry about?
**You can put some cake batter into the core so that you can put the "plug" back into the cake. But I would rather use the nail so you don't have to worry about a big hole to fill in.

flayvurdfun Posted 25 Mar 2005 , 3:11pm
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Beechcharmer I found this link, will this help a little?
The info is all the way at the bottom.. a chart...

tripletmom Posted 25 Mar 2005 , 3:37pm
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In regards to the flower nail:

When you 'coated' do you mean like your pan would be coated? As well, how do you take it out? Don't you have to sort of dig it out after it's done?

flayvurdfun Posted 25 Mar 2005 , 3:45pm
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what she means icon_rolleyes.gif I think is you coat the nail with crisco put the flat side on the bottom of the pan and pour your mix in the pan... when you flip the cake over you can pull it out. thumbs_up.gif I plan on trying that next time I have a big cake... I bought the heat core didnt mind that either but think I like the flower nail idea better!

m0use Posted 25 Mar 2005 , 3:55pm
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When you 'coated' do you mean like your pan would be coated?


what she means I think is you coat the nail with crisco put the flat side on the bottom of the pan and pour your mix in the pan...

Yep- you coat the flower nail just like you coat your pan. When you flip your cake onto your cooling rack the flower nail pops out for you as soon as you set your cooling rack down on the countertop.
I baked cakes this last Sunday using the flower nail and it worked great.

tripletmom Posted 25 Mar 2005 , 4:02pm
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Okay, I get it now, the elevator just went to the top!

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