Several quarter sheet trays need to be combined to prepare bigger creations and baking sheets now come in a dizzying assortment of choices, which causes even more confusion. In reply to Wanted to share my “cheat”… by Charlotte Casey (not verified), In reply to This is genius! What better recipe to show you how to make sheet cake than our 2019 Recipe of the Year, Classic Birthday Cake? When choosing a recipe to convert to a 9" x 13" sheet cake, there are a few things to keep in mind. I'm glad you've found this tutorial helpful. Learned a few new tricks. Serving amounts are based on party-sized portions of 1.5 in. Cook sheet … Changing a pan size can alter the cake, leaving the inside underdone while the outside browns too quickly. We listed some common full, half, and quarter sizes as well as how many customers you can feed with each type of pan. Anything that's not a standard cake tends to misbehave in a sheet pan. to 6 in. Divide evenly between prepared cake pans (it helps if you have a kitchen scale to weight the pans). Different shapes and sizes of cake pans will require different baking times, but typically, the minimum amount of baking time will be 40 minutes. Bake at 350˚F for 23-28 minutes (my oven took 25 min), or until top is golden brown. Thanks to Jenn Bakos for taking most of these photos, to the King Arthur Flour employee-owners who submitted photos of cake baking, and to the Haven for sharing photos of the children enjoying birthday cake! But with so many suitable recipes to choose from, how do you pick what to make? Keep in mind, not all cake recipes can be seamlessly converted to a sheet cake. Happy baking! Likewise, banana bread baked in a cake pan will likely be drier than bread baked in a loaf, which is more dense and bakes up with less surface area exposed. A sugary cake batter may overbrown on the outside by the time the inside tests done if you bake it in a loaf pan. Adjusting temperatures and baking times does not always follow a hard and fast rule. (Cake should pull away from sides easily.) Kye Ameden grew up in Fairlee, Vermont and has always had a love of food, farms, and family. For you lovers of American-style buttercream, start with about 12 tablespoons of butter (or shortening) to end up with the right amount of frosting. Measure the depth of the cake batter in your pan. Full Sheet Cake Servings. If using a glass pan, reduce the temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Many cake recipes and baking instructions focus on a particular baking pan size, such as two 8-inch round cake pans with a depth of 2 inches. A sugar replacer that works in baking, Facebook Instagram Pinterest Twitter YouTube LinkedIn. King Arthur Baking Company, Inc. All rights reserved. Cook 12-inch round cakes for 50 minutes, 14-inch cakes for 55 minutes and 16-inch cakes for 60 minutes. Your email address will not be published. Grease a 15x10x1-inch baking pan and line it with greased and floured parchment paper. The cakes shown are all layer cakes, but many of the techniques — swoops, waves, scallops, and sprinkles — can add personality to sheet cakes too. Those amounts make 1 tube cake, one bundt pan, or 2 loaf pans. Lightly grease a 9” x 13” pan with non-stick spray. For best results, choose a cake recipe that calls for baking the batter in two or three 8” round pans, or two 9” round pans. If you want to convert a cake recipe but don't have a 9" x 13" pan, check out our blog, The essential alternative baking pan sizes, for more options. Air circulation is important to help the cakes bake evenly. Spread in prepared baking sheet. If you'd like some inspiration, be sure to check out all of the layer cake recipes we have on our recipe site. See our complete collection of Tips and Techniques posts. Here are some guidelines for how long to bake your sheet cake when starting with a layer cake recipe: This will give you an idea of when you should start checking your cake for doneness. Since the cake is so thin, the sheet cake will bake at 350 degrees F for just 23-25 minutes! Skip recipes that don’t use a mixing method of creaming, blending, or the paste method. Pan Dimensions and Volumes. Let your imagination be your guide. Once the cake is fully cooled, apply the frosting using the tool of your choice. A paring knife or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake should come out mostly clean.