I have a recipe for carrot cake with chocolate chips that calls for baking in a 9x13 inch cake pan. I would like to use tnis recipe for Easter because Ive made it before and loved it. Tjis time, however, I would like to make it into a decorated layer cake. Can this recipe, or any cake recipe for that matter, stipulating a 9x13 pan, be made into a layer cake?
I've never tried but found this.
I did this with my 9x13" carrot cake recipe also, and while it works beautifully, I found that I had to scale my original recipe down. Using the original proportions made three incredibly tall 9" layers, and while my nephews loved the monster cake, it was a bit too much for mere mortals. So I scaled it down by weight for both an 8" and a 6" size. I make 10-11 ounce (each) 6-inch layers, and 16-20 ounce (each) 8-inch layers - I bake three pans, one layer per pan, and level the tops; as opposed to baking one super tall round and splitting it into thirds.
You do have to watch the baking time - I start with 12-15 minutes for 6" cakes, and 15-20 minutes for 8" cakes, and bake 'til they're done.
It may take a bit of trial & error, but I scale recipes up and down all the time. Good luck!
Sure one can 'stack' two layers of a 9x13 cake. OR if you don't want that much cake just cut one 9x13 in half and stack the two resulting pieces - one of top of the other - usually with filling of some kind between them.
For carrot cake I usually used pineapple filling:)
Thanks guys for the quick responses. I guess I need to clarify my question: Are there cake recipes that will not hold up if made into layers? If so, what should I look for in those recipes?
Not really as 'layering'/stacking is all in the support system.
I would guess a pudding cake or something not 'solid' when baked would not be o.k. for layering but almost all other cakes should be just fine to use.
Thanks for taking the trouble to respond. Based on your advice, I'll bake the cake.