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What size cake pan do I need to buy to make a 1/4 sheet cake? I want to make a cake for my mother's and husband's birthdays both of which are soon.

Diane - from Fall River, MA

In the commercial baking world, a 1/4 sheet pan is 13x9x2 or 12x8x2; a 2 layer (total 4-inches high) quarter sheet cake would serve 35-40 party size (1-1/2" x 2") servings. For a cake that rises to the top of the pan, you would need 7 cups batter. A half sheet pan is 18x13x2, makes 45-50 party-size servings; it requires 14 cups batter.

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