What Is the Most Universal Round Cake Pan Size?

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Q: I’m ready to dip my toe into the fancy cake baking waters (baby’s first birthday coming up).

What size round cake pan is the most useful/universal — 8, 9, or 10-inch? I’d like to stick to just one size at least to start.

Sent by Leanne

Editor: How fun, Leanne! I think that 9-inch cake pans are most common in American cake recipes. I can recommend these pans; they are quite heavy and robust, and I’ve baked quite a lot of cakes in them:

Professional Nonstick Round Cake Pan, $14.99 at Crate & Barrel

Readers, any suggestions on cake pans or cake recipes for Leanne?

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