When you buy pans at the store, their size is clearly labeled, but when you inherit them from family or find them at a garage sale, it's a little harder to decide. You may have a good eye for these things, but for those of us less fortunate, here's a quick and easy tip for finding the volume of baking pans. Knowing the size you have on hand can make or break a recipe.
Get Out a Measuring Cup
The trick is actually very simple and requires very little effort. Get out a measuring cup and pour water into the pan until it's full. This will give you the cup measurement of the pan.
For Bundt cakes, recipes are written with a cup measure to describe the pan. If you find your Bundt pan holds 12 cups, then those are the recipes that are going to work best in that pan. Although it's not impossible to bake recipes that call for a different sized pan, you need to keep a closer eye on it and know how to tweak the cook time. Unless you're a very experienced baker, you'll get the best results from using the size pan that is described in the recipe.