Classic Christmas Cake timings

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Edinburgh Quine

Classic Christmas Cake timings

I'm new to this site so if this has been covered in previous posts, my apologies.
I have been making the Classic Christmas Cake from "Delia Smith's Christmas" since I bought the book in 1990. I've never had a failure as the instructions are so easy to follow. However I have never had to bake the cake for longer than 3 hours. The instructions are clear; 'dont look until 4 hours has passed'. The first time I baked the cake I was a bit nervous and it was clear after 2+ hours it was ready and I've had similar experiences in the 21 years I've bake it. During this time I've had 5 different ovens. My current oven is a Neff electric and I dont use the fan.
Anyone else experienced this? It's not a huge problem, but over the years it has puzzled me as Delia's tips and instructions are generally so clear and accurate.

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sam from worthing

classic cake timings

I made mine a couple of weeks ago.

mine cooked in 3 and half hours. with double layer of parchment inside the tin, and double layer of parcel paper outside.

I think it totally depends on your oven and tin construction, i have to turn this new oven down to 130c for baking a normal vic sponge cake - my previous oven was 200c.

annoying more than anything, especially for new cooks.

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Blondie Bill

Classic Christmas Cake timings

I have been making this cake for a few years now and my first attempt was a disaster as I left it for 4 hrs and it was all burnt and had to be thrown away, after a bit of experimenting I now only give it about two and a half hours and it is perfect. I also prefer using the top oven instead of the fan.
Bill...

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Edinburgh Quine

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to both Sam and Blondie. I dont understand where Delia got this 4 hour time though. I've had gas and electric and NEVER had to cook anything like in excess of 4 hours. I've just made mine this year (second one in the current oven - the Neff) and it took 3 hours 5 minutes. I dont double line but I do put a paper lid. It looks fabulous and smells even better

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Blondie Bill

Classic Christmas Cake timings

I'm sure there will be people who say they leave there cake in for over 4 hours but I don't see how. I know ovens vary but surely not that much. I didn't mention that my oven is electric and unlike you I do double line and use a paper lid and it still only needs just over two and a half hours. In the end it is all about experimenting and finding what is best for you.

 
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