Help! How to convert a muffin recipe to a cake?


I make a chocolate banana muffin that my son loves. It is more of a dessert then breakfast . We have been invited to dinner at his apartment with all his college friends TONIGHT! I'm bringing dessert. Individual muffins/cupcakes are easier to eat and I know how long they have to cook, but decorated cakes always look more impressive. My recipe make 12 muffins and I'm doubling it. How many cake layers do you think a 12 muffin/cupcake recipe makes? Yikes, What to do?!? What do you think?

badge posted by: msb on April 02, 2011 at 1:19 pm in Q & A
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reply by: KIDPIZZA on April 02, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Good day to you. You forgot to list the size of the cake pan ie, 8,inch X 2,inch deep...If we know that then we can help you
that is if you post back on a timely basis. Also you might add is it a 2 or a 3 layer cake you are interested in baking????
Till then enjoy the weekend.


reply by: Mike Nolan on April 02, 2011 at 4:23 pm
Mike Nolan

Without knowing the size of your pans, and how full you fill them, it's hard to answer the question.

My suggestion is put the muffin pan in a 9 x 13 pan and fill each hole with water to the level you would normally would fill it with muffin batter.

Then empty the pan into the 9 x 13 pan.

Now, pour the water into your cake pan and see how high it goes.

When I do this with my muffin pan, filling each hole pretty much to the brim then dumping it in my round cake pans, I get about 1 1/8" of water in a 9" cake pan and not quite 1.5 inches of water in my 8" cake pan, but your results could differ quite a bit from mine.

reply by: msb on April 02, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Thanks all. I cooked the batter in 2-8 inch pans. I like tall cakes and would have preferred 2-6" pans. But it seems to have come out fine.

reply by: Mike Nolan on April 02, 2011 at 6:59 pm
Mike Nolan

Yeah, I can appreciate that. I have some 6" pans that are three inches tall that I got at a bakery auction several years ago. I've done souffles in them several times.