Burnt Christmas Cake

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Homemade is best

Burnt Christmas Cake

Can anyone help or advise me please? I followed Delia's Classic Chirstmas Cake recipe to the last detail and lo and behold, I have 2 burnt Christmas Cakes! I am not a happy bunny!! I used a square and a round tin (both the sizes she stipulates) - non stick and I have a fan assisted oven. I took them out after 3 hours as I could smell there were burning but her recipe says they need 4hrs! What to do?!

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Welshcookie

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Every oven varies. You have to check rich fruit cakes way before the time is up.

The recipe is good just the timing is a bit generous. Make a note on the recipe so you don't make the same mistake next year.

Also lower the temperature next time.

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Welshcookie

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Also see my answer on another thread.

Non-stick tins are more apt to burn. Definitely reduce the time or temperature or both if using non-stick.

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sam from worthing

burnt christmas cake

Also, did you line your tins.

I always line the inner, and use a double layer of brown parcel paper (my paper is donkeys years old, its all been folded to the size of my tins and gets used and used and used) folded over and tied on the outside of the tin. and then i double cover the top of the cake too, with a hole cut out for steam to escape - it is a bit of a faff to wrap, i need another pair of hands to hold it in place while i tie the string around (before filling the tin with cake mixture) in my old oven the cake took about 3 and half hours to cook, this year with a new oven, i reduced the temp by 40c, and it cooked in about 2 hour and half ish hours.

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Blondie Bill

Burnt christmas cake

It is a pity you did not refer back a few pages to the post "Classic Christmas cake timings". It might have been of help. I made mine yesterday, it was in for 2hrs 40 mins at 130 degrees.
Bill...

 
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