Can I bake 2 cakes at the same time

In this brief guide, we will discuss the question “Can I bake 2 cakes at the same time?” We will also discuss What is the optimal timing for baking 2 cakes at the same time, What is the best oven type for baking cakes, and finally What are the secrets to a fluffy and evenly baked cake?

Can I bake 2 cakes at the same time? 

Yes, you can bake 2 cakes at the same time in the oven but make sure that

  1. You have the same amount of batter in each mold placed in the pan 
  1. The pans are on two different racks to ensure sufficient airflow and heat distribution. 

What is the optimal timing for baking 2 cakes at the same time?

Cake baking time depends mainly on the cake size and the batter amount which is used, which means to bake 2 cakes simultaneously you should adjust the baking time according to this fact.

To understand this concept clearly, check the comparison table below.

Size of the round cakeOptimal baking time
12- inch 50 minutes
14-inch55 minutes
16- inch 60 minutes

What is the Best oven type for baking cakes?

We all dream when baking a cake of getting that golden fluffy yummy texture right? But unfortunately, the result sometimes will be completely the opposite because we misuse our oven.

You should first know that air circulation and heat distribution is the essential key element to baking cakes evenly. But how can we attain that result while baking 2 cakes at the same time and which oven type is better for us to use: the convection and fan-assisted oven or the conventional one?

Don’t worry anymore because we will give you some essential tips and advice about using your home oven to bake your perfect delicious cake. All you have to do is to follow up and read the following article carefully.

Convection and fan-assisted oven

As its name implies, the convection and fan-assisted oven possess fans that will lead the hot air to circulate in the oven space freely, therefore, distributing the temperature evenly.

Based on this feature, you can bake 2 cakes at the same time in a fan-assisted and convection oven by placing the 2 cake pans on two different shelves.

 But keep in mind that when using this model you should first spot the side that will be slightly hotter or cooler than the other because that will lead to baking one of the cakes faster than the other.

Tip: To spot your oven hotspot, place slices of white bread on different shelves of your oven, bake them for 20 minutes at 180c/350F/gas then check the saturation of how brown their color will turn.

Conventional Oven

Conventional ovens usually lack the feature of distributing temperature evenly between racks, this means that the top shelf is going to be hotter than the lower ones.

Therefore baking 2 cakes at the same time using this type of oven requires rotating the cake pan throughout the baking process part of the way. 

To understand clearly this point, we must differentiate between two points:

  • If the 2 cake pans are placed on the same shelf: In this case, you should rotate them 180 degrees on the shelf at almost 2/3rds of the baking time.
  • If the 2 cake pans are placed on 2 different shelves: In this case, you should swap them between those shelves never before ¾ of the baking time. 

Using this type of oven requires special attention and caution of the following:

i. Getting burned from either the pans used, the oven sides, or the oven door. This can be avoided by always wearing oven gloves to protect your arms and hands.

ii. Cake collapses or sinks by opening the oven door and moving the pans sooner than you should. 

For more detailed guidance, please check the link here

What are the secrets of a fluffy and evenly baked cake?

After a lot of research, trials, and errors when baking 2 cakes at the same time, we eventually reached out to a few secret tips for a fluffy and evenly baked cake without any dry edges.

We will not let you wait any longer because we are going to share them with you immediately in this section, so just focus and follow the instructions.

  • Make sure you preheat your oven to 350 F and that you are using the right settings before inserting the cake pans
  • Put one of the cake pans on the middle shelf and the other on the bottom one to enhance airflow and make sure the heat is evenly distributed between them both 
  • Place the pans in the center of the oven shelf away from the oven sides
  • Don’t forget to put the timer on to avoid any undesired consequences
  • Turn the cake pans accordingly throughout the baking process or swap between racks as previously mentioned
  • Bake the cakes until their top turns to a bright golden color.
  • Check your cake’s maturity 5 to 10 minutes before the end of the baking time by inserting a toothpick into the middle of each so it should come out clean.
  • Get the cakes out of the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
  • Run a knife cautiously around the edge of the cake pans then turn them into separate racks and let them cool completely there.

Finally Bon Appetit!

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “Can I bake 2 cakes at the same time?” We have also discussed What is the optimal timing for baking 2 cakes at the same time, What is the best oven type for baking cakes, and finally What are the secrets to a fluffy and evenly baked cake?

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

References 

https://www.wedding-cakes-for-you.com/baking-several-cakes-at-once.html
https://www.cooksillustrated.com/how_tos/5517-how-to-cook-a-two-layer-cake-evenly
https://www.seniorcare2share.com/can-i-bake-2-cakes-at-the-same-time/
https://www.nigella.com/ask/baking-on-multiple-racks

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