Q: I have a cake recipe that calls for a 12-cup tube pan. Can I make that in a 9-by-13-inch pan instead?
Eloise McCarty, Powell, Ohio

A: Yes, the traditional 9-by-13-inch cake pan, assuming it is 2 inches deep, has a 15-cup capacity. A recipe meant for a 12-cup tube or Bundt pan should work fine in the rectangular pan.

Pans need to be filled half to two-thirds full, and recipes are written to take that into account.

Just be careful, though, because some tube pans actually have a 16-cup capacity, in which case your batter could runneth over.

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