When You Use A 3" Pan Do You

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makenice99 Posted 20 Jul 2008 , 4:48pm
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bake 2 twice for one cake? I need a little advise. I made a cake last week a 2 tier 10" & 14" square both baked in a 3" pan. I used a box mix with the cake extender receipe. I filled both pans 1/2 way and it grew to about 3/4 full. (Is there a reason it rises lower when the extender is used?) The cake looked fine and the clients husband liked it when he picked up.

However, it know that I just got the email with the photos and looking at the gallery cakes here that I think I was to flat & should be doubling my cakes.

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KoryAK Posted 20 Jul 2008 , 5:28pm
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Why does it always come down to how many layers, how many pans worth, boxes worth, etc? If you want a 4" tall finished product you will need to bake 4" of cake whether that be 4 1" layers or 2 2" layers. If you want 6" tall, bake 6". It all depends on the design and what you and your customer think is attractive.

For me, the usual party cake is 3" tall and weddings 4", tho we can go higher or shorter on both. Grocery store sheets are usually 2".

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Malakin Posted 20 Jul 2008 , 8:07pm
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I usually fill my 3" pans 2/3 of the way up. It usually bakes to right above the rim.

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EnjoyTheCake Posted 20 Jul 2008 , 8:12pm
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I agree that the number of cakes you bake depends on how high you want the final layer to be. keep in mind that the fill and torting may increase the height some. When I use a 3" pan for casual or party cakes I split it once or twice and fill it. I usually end up with a cake somewhere between 3.5 and 4" tall. I haven't had any complaints yet.

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makenice99 Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 2:52am
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Thank you all for responding. I will try filling it higher next time. Nobody has complained yet but I want my cakes to be as professional & beautiful looking like all of you.

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gateauxdamour Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 8:31pm
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My round set is 3" deep. I make each tier from 2 cakes (pans filled 2/3 batter) which then are filled and iced. Depending on the number of tortes, the final cake is between 6" and 8" tall. It adds to the WOW factor!

The thing to bear in mind, however, is the way this affects serving size and cost since it is twice as much cake and filling as a "standard" cake.

I agree that it's just all in what people want. There isn't any set right or wrong answer!

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