Fan oven temperature

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lcw

Fan oven temperature

Can anyone suggest how much I should reduce the cooking temperature by for a fan oven to successfully cook Delia's Christmas Cake? Recommended temperature is 140C for 4+ hours. I usually set the temperature at about 10 degrees less for ordinary cooking but a cake needing such a long time in the oven needs to be at the right temperature to cook evenly. I plan to cook the cake today so if anyone is reading, a quick response would be great!

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Nenna

oven temp.

If I am using my fan oven I always reduce the temp. by 20 deg. As the cake is going to be in for so long it is not as crucial as something that only takes about 30 mins. to bake as you can keep an eye on it in the last half hour. Just test it as Delia advises and listen to it, that is a good sign of whether it is ready! Good luck, now that you'll need it, it is such a good recipe it is hard to not get it right!

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Nenna

oven temp.

That should say 'NOT that you'll need it' not 'now' !!!

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lcw

Thanks

Thanks for the rapid response, Nenna! Yes, I realised the typo & shall report back on the finished cake.

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lcw

Hope it's cooked!

Well, the cake is out of the oven, all paper off & cooling so I hope it is cooked. It looks a lot paler than Christmas cakes I have made over the past 40-odd years but the skewer came out clean. It cooked for almost 5 hours - started off at 130 degrees & then put it up to 135 for the last half an hour or so as I was getting a bit worried! Anyone else cooked this cake & found that it looks pale?

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Nenna

fanoven temp.

This is the recipe I have always used since I bought the Cake book years ago! It isn't usually pale, did you use everything as stated in the recipe, id. brown sugar, treacle etc.? And is your oven temperature correct? If you are not sure it is always worth investing in an oven thermometer, they are not expensive. I hope your cake is alright, the colour doesn't really matter so long as it is cooked through , it will be covered by icing anyway, won't it?

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Chutney

temperature

I usually cook my cakes at 140 in my fan oven.

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octavia13

Christimas Cake

I too have a new oven so all this advice is just what I was looking for. Made one cake already and mine was the other way, a bit over done and I waited 4 hours before looking at it and it was already 'well done' Still like the gas better than the electric/fan or maybe I'm just not used to it yet! Here's better luck with the next one.

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Sharon Stacey

Christmas cake - overcooked

I've made the Christmas cake for the first time today. I baked it at 140 in a fan heater and after 4 hours it was a little over cooked - think I'll be doing a second one.

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Anne D

Fan oven cake cooking

Well its seems from all your comments that Delia is right when she says cooking with a fan oven is a bit of a minefield! I am about to start my Christmas cake and I think I will go for 130 degrees and check after 4 hours. My oven is usually quite fast. I'll let you know how I get on.

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Rolyat

Fan oven

I have just cooked my Christmas cake (Delia's recipe) at 120 fan oven for 3hours for 8inch cake .Perfect.I rely on Delia cakes .

 
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