How Tall Should A Cake Be?

Decorating By zespri Updated 10 Oct 2010 , 12:51pm by leily

zespri Posted 9 Oct 2010 , 11:17pm
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I'm about to make a white scratch cake, and am wondering how tall it should generally be once cooked. I made one recently, it was 6", and about 2" high. for some reason I thought about 3" would be standard...?

I realise it would vary for each recipe, but when you look at the tiered cakes, how tall are they generally? I think more than 2", surely?

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SwtCanuck Posted 9 Oct 2010 , 11:31pm
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My cakes tend to be between 3" and 4" depending on the occasion. I make taller cakes for weddings.

sari66 Posted 9 Oct 2010 , 11:34pm
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Depending on the pan depth it'll be 2-3" per layer. So if your pans are 2" deep then your cake layer was spot on.

zespri Posted 9 Oct 2010 , 11:57pm
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sari66 - when you say 'layer', do you mean one whole tier? Or half a tier, assuming the cake was filled?

disney16 Posted 10 Oct 2010 , 2:13am
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I believe a cake is supposed to be 4 " tall. Even though I have yet to make one that tall.

leah_s Posted 10 Oct 2010 , 2:22am
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A standard tier is 4" tall.

A tier is composed of 2, 3 or 4 layers.

disney16 Posted 10 Oct 2010 , 2:36am
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If you're using the standard cake mix, how do you get a cake to be 4" tall? For example when I make a 9" round layer it's usually about 3.5 " tall and that's without having to level it.

leily Posted 10 Oct 2010 , 12:51pm
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Originally Posted by disney16

If you're using the standard cake mix, how do you get a cake to be 4" tall? For example when I make a 9" round layer it's usually about 3.5 " tall and that's without having to level it.




You need to fill your pans more full. Just because a cake mix says it will fill two 9" pans they're talking about the standard 1-1/2" height pans that most home bakers use and can purchase in the baking isle near kitchen supplies.

the 2" pans need more batter. Here is a chart to how much each size pan needs. You'll probably need to make up two mixes to get enough batter to fill two pans and get your total 4" height you want.
http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

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