Alternative baking pan sizes: your takeaways
An 8” square pan and 9” round pan can be used interchangeably for cake and bar recipes. A recipe written for a 9” x 13” pan can also be made in two 9” round pans; one 9” round and one 8” round, or two 8” round pans.
Correspondingly, are two 8×8 pans equal a 9×13?
The area of a 9×13 pan is 117 square inches. The area of a 8×8 pan on the other hand, is 64 square inches, or close to half that of a 9×13 pan. This means you can scale a recipe down from a 9×13 pan to an 8×8 pan by simply halving the recipe. Conversely, to go from a 8×8 pan to a 9×13 pan, you double the recipe.
People also ask, can I use 9 inch cake pans instead of 8?
Think about whether the recipe should even be changed.
The batter is not finicky, and because you’re not worried about them rising much, you can easily use a 9-inch pan instead of an 8-inch or vice versa.
Can I use a Bundt pan instead of a 9×13?
Yes—but don’t overfill the pan. Be sure to leave about 1/2″ to 1/4″ of space at the top to give the cake room to grow. You’ll also need to adjust your baking time.
The solution? A 9×13 baking dish. The batter that fills two loaf pans is perfect for one baking dish. We didn’t even need to adjust the cooking time that much; since the baking dish is more shallow, it bakes in about the same time as a loaf pan, even though it’s bigger.
Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to ensure your pan is 13×9. To start, always measure from inside edge to inside edge. Going from the outside edges includes the pan’s border which throws off your measurement and will most likely make it inaccurate.
In this particular example, since your pan is 1 inch larger, more surface area will be exposed. The liquid in the cake batter will evaporate quicker, which means it will bake faster. To compensate, just increase the temp and decrease the baking time.
For a rectangle, simply take the measurements of the long side and the short side of a rectangular one and multiply them, i.e. 9×13=117 square inches. From this you can see that you can substitute two 8” pans for the 9”x13” one as 2×64 = 128 square inches which is close enough.
How Many Quarts Are in a 9×13 Pan? Assuming the 9 by 13 inch pan has sides about 2 inches high, it can hold a volume of 14 to 15 cups. Since there are 4 cups in 1 quart, the pan holds between 3 1/2 and 3 3/4 quarts.
There is no significant difference between a13- by 9-inch cake pan and a 9- by 13-inch cake pan. They are the same thing. Yes, you read that correctly. Pans made by different manufacturers may vary slightly by depth—2 inches versus 2 ¼ inches, for example.
(The 9×13 also holds about 3 quarts of volume, so in some recipes it can be used interchangeably with a 3 quart Dutch oven, like this one.)
Is a 9×13 dish 2 quarts? To know the answer to this, you must first understand that there are four cups in a single quart. A 9×13 pan can hold between 3 ½ and 3 ¾ quarts. Therefore, a 9×13 dish can hold two quartz but is not necessarily a 2-quart baking dish.
Cut Your Recipe in Half
You’re really in luck when it comes to using an 8×8 pan: it’s almost exactly half the size of your larger casserole dish! A 13×9 pan measures 117 square inches of surface area, which will hold about 14 cups of food. The 8×8 pan’s 64 inches of surface area can contain up to 8 cups.
Retains heat better than metal: A glass pan is pricier and heavier than a metal one and retains heat better (which is why a metal pan cools quickly on the counter and a glass one does not) and is great for keeping a dessert warm at the table, like a hot fudge pudding cake.
Casserole Dish Substitutions
|CASSEROLE SIZE||BAKING-PAN SUBSTITUTE|
|2 quarts||8-inch square cake pan|
|2½ quarts||9-inch square cake pan|
|3 quarts||13x9x2-inch cake pan|
|4 quarts||14x10x2-inch cake pan|
Whether it’s cake recipes, holiday dishes, or just classic casseroles, these large baking pans can hold and cook almost anything you’d want. You can marinate chicken or beef in one of these pans, roast vegetables, even bake a pie.
What is a jelly roll pan, you ask? Compared to half-sheet pans, which are 18×13″, jelly roll pans are smaller, usually about 15×10″. Jelly roll pans have 1″-high sides, sufficient for containing the batter as it rises in the oven. Use your jelly roll pan to make a bûche de Noël.
For example; you could substitute a 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) square pan (which is 64 square inches), for a 9 inch (23 cm) round pan (which is 63.5 square inches), without changing the baking time or oven temperature stated in the original recipe.
It would seem like a no-brainer that doubling a 9″ x 13″ recipe would be perfect in a 13″ x 18″ half-sheet pan. After all, 117 x 2 = 234 exactly. All the beauty and perfection that is mathematics says it should work, but there’s one hitch. The sides of the pan.