Knowing how the cup capacity of your pans is helpful when you want to scale a recipe to work in a larger or smaller size pan. In many cases you can use a rectangular or square pan instead of a round pan with comparable results. However, you may need to adjust the leavening for different shaped pans. The Cake Bible's Wedding and Special Occasions chapter has charts and recommendations for scaling recipes and several batter formulas for different types of cakes.
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