Slightly dry cakes

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Country Baker

Slightly dry cakes

I think my fan oven has a tendency to make some cakes a little dry particularly if they need more than 45 minutes baking time. I've just made a light fruit loaf which tastes really nice but is very slightly dry. I've tried lowering the oven temperature which has helped only slightly. What extra or new ingredients could be added to make it more moist? Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks.

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Welshcookie

Dry cakes

It sounds as though you are overcooking your cakes.
Some people say they don't use the fan for cake-baking; others say they reduce the temperature by at least 20 degrees.

Don't even think of 'magic' ingredients. The purity of home-made cakes is their best feature.

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Country Baker

over cooking cakes

Hello Welshcookie. I reduced the oven temp 20 degrees to allow for the fan oven and the fruit loaf took 15 minutes longer to cook than the time stated in the recipe. Do you suggest it is lowered more?

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Welshcookie

Dry cake

Firstly I would reduce the cooking time to what it said in the recipe. And I would consider turning off the fan and cooking at the suggested temperature and time.
And if that doesn't work, invest in an oven thermometer, your oven may be running hot.

I think that covers all bases.

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Country Baker

dry cakes

Forgot to say that I can't turn the fan off on this oven!

 
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