cake recipe for 14" round cake pan
I have just purchased a 14" round (2" deep) cake pan. I am looking for a homemade cake recipe for to make a one layer cake. I hope the end result will be a simple buttercream icing and chocolate numbers to make a clock. Any suggestions?
Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Cake Bible has directions for upping the size of cakes. Basically, all ingredients are increased in proportion to the increase in the square of the radius (or diameter), except for leavening which does not increase as rapidly. Beranbaum tells how to determine how much to increase the leavening. I assume this would work for any cake recipe that includes baking powder or baking soda as leavening.
If you use a recipe for a 1-layer 8-inch cake, you will need 3 times the other ingredients. If you use a recipe for a 9-inch cake, you will need about 2.4 times the other ingredients. If you use a recipe for a 10-inch cake, you will need about twice the other ingredients.
So you could make a recipe for a 2-layer 10-inch cake and just pour all the batter into your 14-inch pan EXCEPT you would have to reduce the leavening.
My recollection is that the leavening needs to be reduced because otherwise the cake will collapse.