# Frequent question: How do you adjust cooking time for a small pan?

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Just increase the oven temp by 25 degrees F and decrease the bake time by a quarter. 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.

## Do smaller cakes take less time to cook?

You cook the smaller item less longer. In brief: don’t change the temp if it’s equal or less than 180c. If your cake is compact (like a banana bread cooked in a tin) drop maybe around a quarter of the time for a halving of the recipe, and maybe a sixth of the time for a thinner cake.

## How do you adjust the cooking time on a metal pan?

ANSWER: When baking with darker pans, the general rule is to lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees. The timing also may need to be adjusted — typically you’ll need to increase it.

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## How do you convert pan size to baking?

For square and rectangle pans, multiply the length of the sides. For example, a 9×13 inch baking pan is 117 square inches. 9×13 = 117. For circle pans, determine the area by multiplying the radius squared by π.

## Do you increase baking time for two cakes?

Move the cakes twice during cooking so that each cake spends an equal amount of time in each position. TOP = PALE Cakes stacked above each other disrupt heat flow in the oven.

## What is the best temperature for baking cakes?

Most cakes bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Reducing the temperature to 325 degrees is all you need to do to get a flat-topped cake.

## Which is better for baking glass or metal?

Metal bakeware can withstand higher temperatures than glass, which makes it ideal for foods that bake for a short period of time at a higher temperature, including baked goods such as cookies, biscuits, cakes, muffins, and breads.

## Do aluminum pans take longer to cook?

If you put an aluminum container, containing food to be cooked or reheated, in your oven directly on the shelf, the shiny base will reflect a large part of the oven heat (like a mirror). This means that the food will take much longer to cook or heat through than usual.

## What is considered a shiny metal pan?

Shiny, light baking pans are almost always made of aluminum, which conducts heat evenly, and is durable. Dark baking pans may be made from aluminum or tin, and may be coated with a nonstick coating.

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## Is an 8×8 pan half the size of a 9×13?

The 8×8-inch pan is just slightly bigger than a halved 9×13, so if halving a recipe you may want to reduce the baking time by about 5 minutes, and check on the casserole then.

## What can I use if I don’t have an 8×8 pan?

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.

## Does baking time change with pan size?

Don’t expect to change a pan size and not have to change anything else in the recipe. Depending on whether your layer of batter is shorter or taller, you may need to reduce or increase the baking time. Cupcakes and muffins might be done in as little as half the time as their larger counterparts.

## What size is a standard round cake pan?

There are two main types of round cake tins/pans but when a size is specified it is always the diameter (width) of the tin, and not the depth. The most common sizes of tin are 20cm/8 inches and 23cm/9 inches, though you can get smaller and larger sizes and an 18cm/7 inch tin is not uncommon.

## What to do if baking pan is too big?

Tip: Resizing Baking Pans

Don’t have the correct size baking pan for a cake or casserole? Downsize a larger one by simply molding a piece of heavy duty foil and fitting it in the pan to adjust for the desired dimensions as shown.

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