## I Really Need Help! How Do I Make This Recipe Big Enough??

By StormyHaze Updated 22 Oct 2011 , 11:08am by scp1127

StormyHaze Posted 18 Oct 2011 , 3:01am
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how do i effectively multiply a recipe from filling a 8x8 sheet to a Full sheet pan:  26 x  18 x  1 and a Three Quarters sheet pan, which is 21 x  15   x1?

Thank you, so so so much!

(its for a nanaimo bar, if anyone was curious)

16 replies
Tinacakes Posted 18 Oct 2011 , 3:17am
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well this is a little of a pain in the butt, what i have done in the past is mix up one batch of the batter and then measure how many cups it is, then i count how many cups of water it takes to fill the pan up. then i know how many times i need to multiply the recipe

KoryAK Posted 18 Oct 2011 , 3:24am
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There's a far easier way: math! If the recipe you have fills an 8x8 square, then that's 64 square inches. If the pan you need to fill is 26x18, then you need 468 square inches. 468 divided by 64 is 7.3. You need to multiply your recipe by 7.3 (or you can round up to where the numbers make a bit more sense and you aren't using .35 eggs or something)

CWR41 Posted 18 Oct 2011 , 4:24am
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Originally Posted by KoryAK

There's a far easier way: math! If the recipe you have fills an 8x8 square, then that's 64 square inches. If the pan you need to fill is 26x18, then you need 468 square inches. 468 divided by 64 is 7.3. You need to multiply your recipe by 7.3 (or you can round up to where the numbers make a bit more sense and you aren't using .35 eggs or something)

This would be true, if you're comparing that your recipe is enough to fill an 8x8x1 square pan about 3/4 of the way full.

The 8x8 square pan is only 64 surface square inches... if it's 2" deep and filled to bake a 2" tall layer, it's 128 square inches.

The 18x26 pan is 468 square inches divided by 128 is 3.66, so you'll need to multiply your recipe by almost 4.

It's best to multiply the actual cups that your batch makes, because you probably aren't completely filling the pans to the top (unless you're using extenders).

KoryAK Posted 18 Oct 2011 , 5:15pm
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Yes, my math was assuming that the depth of her final recipe would be the same (since she said she was baking a bar and didn't give other depth info). YES if you are changing depth as well, you will need to add that to the math.

To expand:
The 8x8 pan (surface area) is 64 SQUARE inches. At a 2" depth, it's 128 CUBIC inches (8x8x2).

The 18x26 pan at 2" deep is 936 CUBIC inches and 936/128 is still 7.31. It's important to keep apples to apples.

mariacakestoo Posted 18 Oct 2011 , 5:26pm
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And in addition to all of the above, one of the most important things I have ever done, is write down exactly how many pans (square, round) each recipe fills. Not how many cups, not how many square inches, but true life pans. I have no less than 20 different entries on each page of my recipes that tells me something like this:

2 times the recipe makes 2-8" rounds, 2-10" rounds, and 1-4" round
or
2 times the recipe makes 1-12" round, 2-5" rounds, and 2-7" rounds, and 2-4" rounds.

I can glance at every one of those scenarios when I get ready to bake, and figure out about how much I need to bake for each order. If I come up with a new set of "how much this recipe made", I'll record that as well.

jgifford Posted 18 Oct 2011 , 5:35pm
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Or you could just pour water (a cup at a time) into the 8 X 8 so you know exactly how many cups you use, then do the same with the 26 X 18 to see how many it will take and do the math.

CWR41 Posted 18 Oct 2011 , 5:57pm
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Originally Posted by KoryAK

The 18x26 pan at 2" deep is 936 CUBIC inches and 936/128 is still 7.31. It's important to keep apples to apples.

Two inch deep 18x26 pans don't exist. 16x24 bakeable trays are available to line commercial Bun pans if you need more than 1" depth.

The OP provided the depth on two sizes, yet we needed more information on the depth of the 8x8 square to compare.

stormrider Posted 18 Oct 2011 , 7:02pm
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King Arthur Flour has a page that explains how to multiply/divide recipes. I would figure out the number of square inches of batter/dough you need for the 8x8 and divide that into the square inches for the other two sizes. This will give you approximately the number of original recipes you'll need. Then use the calculations from this page to determine ingredient measurements:
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/professional/bakers-percentage.html

HTH.

FromScratchSF Posted 18 Oct 2011 , 7:40pm
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You all lost me on post 3. I have nothing to add, just that my eyes are crossed now, thanks

jgifford Posted 18 Oct 2011 , 7:41pm
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And they say "baking a little cake" doesn't take any smarts!

karateka Posted 18 Oct 2011 , 7:42pm
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I use The Cake Bible's charts. She has a section for professionals and passionate amateurs that breaks down how to scale a recipe for every size pan from 6 inches up to 18 inches and sheet pans. It is for round pans, but I find that for square pans I use the next size up. ie, if you need an 8in square, use the 9inch round recipe.

KoryAK Posted 18 Oct 2011 , 10:36pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CWR41

Quote:
Originally Posted by KoryAK

The 18x26 pan at 2" deep is 936 CUBIC inches and 936/128 is still 7.31. It's important to keep apples to apples.

Two inch deep 18x26 pans don't exist. 16x24 bakeable trays are available to line commercial Bun pans if you need more than 1" depth.

The OP provided the depth on two sizes, yet we needed more information on the depth of the 8x8 square to compare.

I have a pan collar that I use to make my standard sheet pan 2" deep.

KoryAK Posted 18 Oct 2011 , 10:37pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CWR41

Quote:
Originally Posted by KoryAK

The 18x26 pan at 2" deep is 936 CUBIC inches and 936/128 is still 7.31. It's important to keep apples to apples.

Two inch deep 18x26 pans don't exist. 16x24 bakeable trays are available to line commercial Bun pans if you need more than 1" depth.

The OP provided the depth on two sizes, yet we needed more information on the depth of the 8x8 square to compare.

I have a pan collar that I use to make my standard sheet pan 2" deep.

KoryAK Posted 18 Oct 2011 , 10:38pm
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Well, StormyHaze - did we actually help or just confuse the crap out of you?! lol

StormyHaze Posted 21 Oct 2011 , 3:50pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KoryAK

Well, StormyHaze - did we actually help or just confuse the crap out of you?! lol

I'll admit, math isnt my strong suit so when i saw groups of number i got a wee bit confused.

Though, i did my best. CWR41 definatley helped.

I made the treat at work and everyone LOVED it, and the math made it perfect!

scp1127 Posted 22 Oct 2011 , 11:08am
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I do the math too, depth and surface area, but rather than split eggs, I use the closest whole or half recipe. But I use these extras to make cupcakes for samples. The extra batter is my way to sample with no extra work.

On round recipes, you have to use pi r squared.

If you want to know an answer without doing the math, I always answer those posts, as do others. You can always just post the two pan sizes and we will do the math for you.