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peanutbuttercookies

Help Christmas cake ruined!!!

Im living in a rented house an the oven is basic fan assist. As I forgot this, I put the cake in at 140 fan assist and came out a burnt mess. What temp should the oven be on please as my darling husband has promised I would make his family 5!!! I have made Delia's classic before and turned out lovely, so the only thing I can think is the temp. Thanks so much in advance.

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Expat Badger

Help Christmas cake ruined!!!

from what i have seen posted on here before i think most people knock about 20 degrees off...

but wait for someone with a fan oven to confirm that!


sorry to hear of your cake disaster - v frustrating for you

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Gerry

PS burnt cake

If the inside is OK you can use it for a really luxurious trifle. PS I really recommend the very slow method I mentioned earlier.

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peanutbuttercookies

Thanks x

Thanks for replying, will definatley try the slow method Gerry, got everything ready for tonight so fingers crossed everything turns out ok. Sue x

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Gerry

cake ruin

Peanutbutter, do let us know the result. Some years I do it at 90C, other times at 100C, depending on the time of day/night it goes in. They will cook, eventually. Usual testing with heated and dried skewer in middle of cake.

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huh

cake ruined

Help! the same thing just happened to me. I covered the cake after 30 mts, but it had already started to burn. 15 mts later, I took it out of the oven. The top was burnt (so was the brown paper surrounding the cake); but the inside was absolutely gooey. I used 125 temp in a fan-assisted oven. What could I have done wrong and what can I do now?

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Welshcookie

Christmas cake

Can you turn the fan off?

If not, you should have reduced the temperature.

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Fan assisted oven

How disappointing for you! I have a fan assisted oven and reduce everything by at least 20 degrees BUT I also use an oven thermometer which I would never, ever bake without. It is amazing how 'out' an oven can be, even a new one, and the price of them is nothing compared with the expense of all the ingredients you have bought - not to mention all the time you have spent. Good luck with take 2...

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Welshcookie

Christmas cake

I have never cooked with a fan oven, but Delia's recipe for Christmas cake recommends cooking it low down in the oven. Am I correct in my understanding that there is no 'low down' in a fan oven?

The temperature difference in a non-fan oven must be quite great between the top of the oven and the bottom.

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sam from worthing

Christmas cake


I have always been lucky enough to have a fan oven, since i started to cook properly.

I make Delias Christmas cake or the Creole cake every year.

I always cook it at give or take 130c (i have never been lucky enough to have a proper temp reader on my ovens - its all sort of guestimating).

And I have never cooked the cake whether square or round in 4 hours, I have found mine have cooked in around 2 maybe 2 and half hours.

Even in my fan ovens, I have also always put the cake on the lowest rung my oven has.

I would heartily suggest you ask Santa or gift yourself an early christmas present of an oven thermometer though - no oven is ever the same, and you can use it if and when you move too, they aren;t that expensive either.

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Welshcookie

Christmas cake

Trouble is, Delia's recipe says very clearly do not look at your cake for 4 hours.
Experienced cooks would never leave a cake for that long without testing it, or at least looking at it, but sadly in-experienced cooks do!
Many people on this site have said 4 hours is too long, for some ovens, so perhaps it is time to tweak the instructions.

 
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