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I want to bake a cake (hummingbird) that requires 3 round cake pans. I only have a tube pan, bundt pan, 9x13, & 1 square pan. Can I use any of those instead? what do you suggest? Also, will it cook the same?

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  1. What size cake pans for the recipe? Are they 9 x 2? By size I mean dimension and height. Half full pans, as called for by recipe, or fuller? I assume your tube pan capacity is based on it's dimension, the bundt pan is aprox. 12 cups, what size is your square, 8 x 8 x 2? Substituting cake pans is all mathematical calculations, based on volume. So let me know what your original cake pan size is and I'll figure it out.

    "Will it cook the same," if you adjust the baking time; I think you meant to say how long will it take to bake, right? There's no "real" formula for when things are done, I use visual indicators. That's why, in baking, formulas state, for example, 25-35 minutes. That reasoning is based on a number of factors. If you change the circumference or depth of your pan, the result will be a necessary adjustment in baking time.

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    1. re: bushwickgirl

      recipe is for 3 -9"round pans. I have an 8"square. I was thinking of using the tube pan, just want to be sure it will bake okay. Obviously just wont have layers.

      1. re: pamd

        I assume the cake pans are to be filled half way, which gives you about 12 cups of batter, based on 9 x 9 x 2. If your pans are only 9 x 9 x 1/12, that gives you 9 cups of batter. Your recipe probably does not specify pan height. I checked a few hummingbird cake recipes and it looks to me like 9 cups of batter. The tube pan, depending on your size, (some of them can hold up to 16 cups of batter but that's full measurement, half full would be 8 cups.) The tube pan probably won't be big enough. Easy way to check: fill it with water (to the rim) and then measure the water and divide that measurement in half. The measurement you get is how much batter the pan will hold, half full. If it works out that the tube pan hold 8 cups of batter and you have only one cup left over, I'd put it in. One cup of batter is not going to make much difference.
        This is not the mathamatical calcuation I promised but it's the easiest wasy to do it. Who wants to do math, anyway.

        Or you can just fill the tube pan half way, measure the rest of the batter and, if you've got four cups left, (based on 12 cups) put it into your square 8 x 8, should give you a half full pan. Any less batter than three cups, make cupcakes.

        It'll bake just fine. The time will be longer for the tube pan than the rounds. The tube pan has less exposed surface, just keep an eye out and check it for doneness. Do not change the oven temp. whatever you do, unless the tube pan is glass.

    2. Here's a site that might help--but, you'll have to do some math! Faced with this I'd buy a couple new pans. But then when I read OP's post I thought the cake was to be *shaped* like a hummingbird--like some of the cut-and-arrange-pieces Wilton cakes!

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      1. re: BangorDin

        You forgot the link, Bangor, are you talking about this?
        http://www.baking911.com/pantry/subst...

        Are you in Bangor ME?

      2. I'm too lazy to go a googling right now....what's a hummingbird cake?

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        1. re: 16crab

          It seems (I say seems because I'd never heard of it before today) that it's a Southern cake made with crushed pineapple, chopped bananas and pecans. I'm excused from knowing because I'm from New England, where pecans don't grow.
          Try www.joyofbaking.com for the recipe, it looks really good.