Wedding Cake

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kglover

Wedding Cake

Hi All

I am making my wedding cake this weekend and last Christmas when I made a similar fruit cake it was very crumbly. Any tips to ensure it isn't crumbly. I am using Delia's fruit cake recipe!
Any prompt advice would be apprecaited.

Thanks

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Honey

Wedding Cake

I don't know what the instructions are for cooking your cake, but I believe I have seen others who had said something similar. Perhaps they haven't turned down the temperature if they have a fan oven? I believe this recipe doesn't need anywhere near as long as it says. Hope I don't get shot for that. It's a lovely recipe, but you do have to watch it because people often find it's cooked sooner (perhaps their ovens are on the hot side). On this website

http://www.cookipedia.co.uk/recipes_wiki/Conversions

you will see the conversions tables for a fan oven. I'd say if your oven is a fan oven, you need to do it 20°C less than the recipe says.

However, I do a very similar recipe (soaking the fruit for 4 days in booze) for my Christmas cake and Rita, one of our cake gurus on here (runs her own cake business) gave me a tip once and I've always done it this way since (thanks Rita if you see this!!!)... She told me to cook it long and low... that is to have the oven at about 105° - 110°C (that may not have been for a fan oven and therefore even less for a fan, I do it in the bottom oven of my Aga [no fan] which is about 105°C) and cook it for about 5 or 6 hours or more hours until the skewer comes out clean. It cooks it without it rising (so you get a lovely flat top of decorating). If the search facility were better, I would try and find the thread about this. I'm only going from memory. But I know others on here who do their Christmas cakes this way and perhaps they will add to this and be able to help too.

H x

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kglover

Thank you

Thanks Honey, that is most helpful....i'm just about to start putting the cake together and have started by turning my oven down!! Won't know if it is crumbly until Christmas but let you know after that. Thanks again Kate

 
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