What Depth Of Pans Do You Use? 2" Or 3"?

Decorating By megankennedy Updated 24 Feb 2010 , 2:45am by cakesbycathy

megankennedy Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 2:31am
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Hello, I am in the market for a good new set of magic line pans, and would like some input on what depth you guys use, why, and how you like it! I currently am using 2" pans at home, but have to bake 2 pans per cake with my total cake height at 4". like most of you.
However, at the bakery I work at we use 4" deep pans, and just slice them into the 2 layers. I found a good deal on a magic line set but they are 3" - my thinking is use the 3", bake the cakes high, (collar the pan?) and by the time they are iced they will be about the same height anyway....

Any input is helpful....Thanks!

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Smashme Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 2:42am
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I probably wont be much help to you here, but i use the 2inch high. And that is only because i live at a high altitude and the 3inch high pans just don't work right here. i would also like to know what people think, because someday i would love to move away from here.

megankennedy Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 2:45am
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thanks for replying, now do you bake 2 - 2" cakes and then stack to create a 4" cake? or is it b/c of the altitude that they rise higher in the one pan?

greengyrl26 Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 2:48am
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I recently switched to 3" Magic Line pans and will never use 2" pans again!!! With 2" pans, you never really get the full 2". With 3" pans, you just fill 1/2 way or so and you ALWAYS have at least 2". Easy peasy.

jenmat Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 4:19am
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I too use the 3" magic lines. I use them for my weddings only- I have sets of 2" for my celebration cakes. Definitely worth it for wedding cakes- makes a great cake, and helps with doming too in my opinion.

mkolmar Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 4:54am
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I'm the opposite. I switched from 3 inch pans to 2 inch pans. For right now I'm happier with the 2 inch pans. I torte my cakes so when I use the 2 inch pans I'm really close to the height I need for when I use SPS.

ayerim979 Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 5:09am
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I always just use the 3" pans

suzylynn58 Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 1:27pm
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I use the 3" pans also. Fill about halfway, bake, trim to 2" and stack. I love that I don't get the "crusty" edge around the top.

greengyrl26 Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 1:32pm
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Originally Posted by suzylynn58

I love that I don't get the "crusty" edge around the top.



me too!!!

leah_s Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 3:22pm
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[quote="mkolmar"]I'm the opposite. I switched from 3 inch pans to 2 inch pans. For right now I'm happier with the 2 inch pans. I torte my cakes so when I use the 2 inch pans I'm really close to the height I need for when I use SPS.[/quote]

Me too. I hated the 3" pans and gave them away. I'm never switchng from the 2" pans again. I thought the 3" pans baked "funny".

megankennedy Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 6:19pm
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Does anyone bake a full 3" - 3 1/2" cake and torte it for a 4" tall iced cake? Or do you all bake smaller layers and stack them?

I don't know if I'm making sense....lol

muddpuppy Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 9:00pm
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"Does anyone bake a full 3" - 3 1/2" cake and torte it for a 4" tall iced cake? Or do you all bake smaller layers and stack them?"

Yes... If I'm in a big rush, I do this but only usually with 6" or 8" rounds, I collar the pan and add way more batter then neccissary.. lol..

ayerim979 Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 9:32pm
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All of my cakes are like 7". I bake 2 of each size. fill them and thats it. For me its alot faster and it is also a wider slice of cake that my family gets, I dont cut it too thick nor too thin and its still a fair amount of cake. IMO

jammjenks Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 10:58pm
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I HATE 3" pans. I bake two 2-inch layers and do not torte. I fill them 2/3 full and they rise above the pan when baking. I then just use the pan as a guide to level. My tiers are usually about 4.5 inches tall.

I gave away the 3" pans that I used to have. It took them an eternity to get baked through. They are great for making deep dish pizzas though. thumbs_up.gificon_razz.gif

mamawrobin Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 11:35pm
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I am curious after reading all of the 2 inch vs. 3 inch post. I bought 2 new 3 inch pans last week but haven't used them yet. I am going to bake a cake later tonight just to see what I think. I will let ya know!

springlakecake Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:09am
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2 inch

aej6 Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:58am
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I like 2" . I have a 3" pan, 8" round but when I bake in it it takes forever and a "line" always appears in the middle (along the circumference on the outside at the mid point in it's height), almost as if it was "making itself" into 2 layers.....weird, I know, but that is what happens....

cakesbycathy Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 2:45am
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Originally Posted by suzylynn58

I use the 3" pans also. Fill about halfway, bake, trim to 2" and stack. I love that I don't get the "crusty" edge around the top.




This doesn't make any sense to me icon_confused.gif
Why wouldn't you just use a 2" pan? Seems like by trimming it down to 2" you are wasting cake. Unless you use the trimmings to make cake balls?

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