good to know: when cooling cake layers, place bread slices on top to keep the cake layers soft and moist while the bread becomes hard as a rock. it keeps it from cracking in the middle too! Must keep this in mind.
Kitchen Basics 101: Making Half a Recipe Use the original cooking temperature/time as a reference point but monitor closely for the results you are looking for; If you are baking half a recipe of cake, bread or pie, then the cooking time about two thirds to three quarters of the original time. Pan Size: Try to use a pan that has half the volume of the one called for in the original recipe.