Can I bake cake in a lasagna tray?
I have a lasagna tray and no metal tin deep enough for cake. I don't want to go out and buy one, but if its nesessary, I will. Is a metal tin or a glass tray better for cake baking? Which is relatively cheaper?
I've baked cake in both glass and metal. If you're using glass (or ceramic), count on an extra 10-15 minutes of baking time. Make sure you do the toothpick test to make sure it's baked through.
Good luck! I'm sure it will taste great!
You can certainly use your lasagna pan. Most cake mix boxes have instructions for using a 9x13 pan in addition to other size choices, so if you are usure of temp and timing, look at the label for a mix that most closely corresponds to the type of cake in your recipe. Since acids like tomato can react with metals, glass or ceramic lasagne trays are preferable for lasagna and since cakes can be baked in metal OR glass/ceramic, the latter wins. My only caveat is that exploding Pyrex is NOT an urban legend, though it occurs rarely compared to how much pyrex cooking takes place year in, year out. When I bake in pyrex, I set the pan on a metal sheet pan for baking so that if the odds turn against me, the tray will contain the mess. Placing a sheet pan in the oven as it preheats will give a browning boost to the bottom of whatever you are baking in glass set upon it. Using this method, the pyrex pan must be room temp and dry before you place it on the preheated sheet pan. Pyrex is cheaper than metal unless the metal is extremely poor quality.
A standard 9x13 lasagna pan will be fine for most cakes. As greygarious stated, check the timing on the box or in the recipe and test for doneness before you think it's ready. Generally, 9x13 takes about 8-10 minutes more than 2-8" rounds. If you are using glass or ceramic, make sure you bake at 325F, not 350F, as glass is an insulator.
I prefer metal for baking. If you bake only occasionally, metal "Baker's Secret" pans are inexpensive ($5-6 each) and available at places like Target and many supermarkets. I used these for several years until I "upgraded" to pro aluminum pans, for which I paid about $12 each.
you can use a lasagna tray. I use a pyrex glass pan 13x9 as it came with a rubber lid. Nice to store stuff in after you bake and less dishes!