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# Substituting a Square Pan for a Round One in Cooking

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If the recipe calls for a square pan, can you use a round pan, the same size?

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February 27, 20120 found this helpful

The same size does not mean the same volume. If you have both pans, check both to see if they hold the same amount of water by pouring in both, one cup at a time to see if both hold the same amount. Square pans are usually larger in volume held than than round pans. I googled "sizes of pans by volume" and found sites that list pans of various types and sizes and their volumes See if your pan(s) are listed. Hope this helps.

February 27, 20120 found this helpful

Sure. A 10 square pan has a area of 100 inches. A 10 round pan has an area of 78.54 inches. That means the cake swould be a bit thicker using a 10 inch round pan than a 10 inch square pan.I don't know if that would effect the cooking time. To use a round pan that would be the same area it would have to be about 11and one quarter inches. Area of 11 and one quater inch pan is pi ( 3.14) times the radius 5 5/8 inches squared.

3.14 times 5.625 times 5.625 or 31.640 times 3.14 = 99.35 square inches.