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• Mrs Bones
• 1st Jan 09, 12:29 PM
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Mrs Bones
Most of my recipes for cakes are for 7 - 8 inch cake tins round or square but I want to start making some in loaf tins to give as presents. What size loaf tins would I need to use for a cake mixture, 1lb or 2lb?

I'm not sure how to judge what size loaf tin I want with the different cake recipes. Most of them will be sponge but I thought of maybe doing a couple of my fruit cakes in loaf tins as well.

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
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• jasmine33
• 1st Jan 09, 12:34 PM
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jasmine33
Next time you make a round cake, take note of where it comes to in the tin and then fill to this level with water later. Measure the water in a measuring jug as you go and then pour it into a 1 lb or a 2 lb loaf tin to see which would be the better size.

Jasmine
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• PasturesNew
• 1st Jan 09, 12:35 PM
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PasturesNew
Simple maths will sort this out.

The area of a circle is pi x radius squared.

Radius of an 8" cake tin is 4"
pi is 3.14

So the area of that cake is 3.14 x (4x4) = 3.14x16= about 48 square inches.

For a rectangle to be the same size it would need to be (approximately) 4x12, 5x10, 6x8 inches.

Although a loaf tin is deeper.

I have a few 1lb loaf tins and the size of them varies by quite a bit.
• Mrs Bones
• 1st Jan 09, 5:29 PM
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Mrs Bones
Thanks jasmine33 I'll give that a try.

Sorry PasturesNew that went straight over the top of my head, maths was never my strong point, but thanks for trying to help.
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• sillyvixen
• 1st Jan 09, 9:18 PM
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sillyvixen
i have round springform tins that i use for my fruitcake recipe, but this year i have started using my loaf tins and splitting the mix between 2 to save on waste and make freezing the other half easier.
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• Mrs Bones
• 2nd Jan 09, 1:03 AM
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Mrs Bones
Thanks Sillyvixen, can I ask what size loaf tins do you use and which size springform tin was it.
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• t33
• By t33 6th Feb 18, 12:43 PM
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t33
Using this old thread for some help. I've inherited several loaf tins from my Mum and always assumed they are 2lb tins only to discover that on some recipes you get the slight bulge on top and occasional overflow when cooked which I don't like and find it makes cutting awkward.

I want to buy a new one (only because of the slightly too small size of mine) and looking online I'm wondering how the dimensions are measured, top of the pan the inside dimensions? This to me makes sense as some pans have fancy handle bits and roll tops.

The two I have are (measured from the inside at the top of the pan) 21.5cm x 11cm x 6.5cm. These measurements don't seem to equate to the 2lb dimensions I've found (that is, if they are measured internally, none of the ones I've seen online tell you where the measurements are).

What I'm looking at is this
https://www.amazon.co.uk/MasterClass-Non-Stick-Loaf-Tin-23/dp/B0001IX3LY/ref=lp_3000315031_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=151792 0426&sr=1-1

So, are my current tins an odd and old fashioned size?

I've been ignoring this for ages but please help clarify this for me as it is soooo annoying and want to buy the right pan.

Thanks.
• bouicca21
• 6th Feb 18, 12:57 PM
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bouicca21
Mine, internal measure at top in cm, is 18 x 11.5, 8.5 deep. At the bottom it is (external) 16.5 x 9.5.
• t33
• By t33 7th Feb 18, 2:33 PM
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t33
Thanks bouicca, so is the tin you mentioned sold as a 2lb tin?

It appears that there is no standardisation, humph!

May just have to gamble on the one I mentioned as it appears to have the most generous sizings that I can see (if it is in fact internal measurements).

Thanks
• bouicca21
• 7th Feb 18, 2:39 PM
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bouicca21
Yes, it's a 2 lb tin. I use it for cakes like Madeira, banana loaf and lemon drizzle. It's the right size for those.
• peachyprice
• 7th Feb 18, 10:10 PM
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peachyprice
2lb tins for an average loaf cake. That'll give a nice rise but won't overspill to make an ugly top.
• t33
• By t33 18th Feb 18, 3:27 PM
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t33
Just to let you know. I bought the loaf tin as mentioned above which is sold as a 2lb loaf tin. It's dimensions are larger and it turns out it is 15-20% more volume that the older ones I have that overspill but I think were sold also as 2lb loaf tins.

So problem solved for me and lesson learned that 2lb loaf tins come in a variety of seemingly random sizes and capacities, annoying, who would have thought ...