Cooking cakes in fan ovens

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Slap-dash Sally

Cooking cakes in fan ovens

My husband has just given me "Delia's Cakes" - revised this year, so it should be up to date - but none of the recipes refer to fan oven temperatures. Should i only make cakes in a conventional oven?

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Lindsey, Food Editor

Cooking cakes in fan ovens

Hello Sally,

All of the cakes (and everything else that Delia has ever published that requires an oven) have been tested ovens set to conventional heat.

If you have the option of selecting this on your oven we would recommend that you should when baking however if you do not have this option the general recommendation from fan oven users is to reduce the oven temperature by 20 degrees. If you still have your manual it is worth checking that too.

I hope you enjoy the book.

Best wishes

Lindsey

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Thistledo

Cooking cakes in fan ovens

Personally I wouldn't recommend baking cakes in a fan-assisted oven. When I first got my current oven, it soon became apparent that the fan-assisted didn't allow the cakes to rise as they should. Think that the air being pumped around could be the culprit. My advice is stick to the conventional method.

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Wendy

Ovens

When you talk about options to use a fan or conventional oven are you talking about the one main oven that can do both or the type with a small conventional oven above the main fan oven?

I have the latter and there is only one shelf in it. I haven't tried a sandwich cake in it but have used it for scones. I wonder if I did a sandwich cake with the tins side by side would the cakes cook evenly or would I have to keep turning them round?

In the main oven there isn't an actual centre shelf there is one just above and one just below. When a recipe calls for the centre shelf which one is best? The book said it doesn't matter which shelf (well it would, wouldn't it?)

I have managed for 10 years but thought I would ask anyway.

Wendy

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Lindsey, Food Editor

Cooking Cakes in fan ovens

Hello Wendy,

My top oven is conventional heat or grill and my main oven is the same as well as having the fan-assisted settings.

I use either of the ovens for baking, using the conventional heat setting. I cook my sponges side by side and they do not need turning. (Although I do remember an old gas oven always cooking faster on one side that it did on the other).

When baking cakes I use the shelf just below, centre so the centre of the cake sits centrally in the oven but as fan ovens circulate the heat to produce an even temperature, in theory you should be able to use any shelf.

Best wishes

Lindsey

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Wendy

Thanks Lindsey

Thanks Lindsey for your very helpful advice. I will try the top oven next time I make a sandwich cake.

Wendy

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Slap-dash Sally

Top oven only

It looks like I'll have to use the tiny top oven as I don't have a conventional option on the main oven.
Thanks for your advice.

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SonyaK

Cooking cakes in fan ovens

I have a microwave/convection oven that only does fan-forced oven cooking. I usually use it for cakes as I prefer not to use the larger oven for just one item.

I haven't had any problems cooking cakes in fan ovens, but I don't cook sponges, mainly fruit cakes, carrot or banana cakes etc.
I use a lower temp. than the recipe says and often cook it for less time too.
It can be done successfully in a fan-forced oven and many recipes for cakes by other people do use fan ovens!!
Not sure why Delia doesn't test any of her recipes in fan ovens, now so many people have them.

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janjam

Fan ovens

Have always cooked with a fan oven and have never had problems, would suggest you buy an oven thermometer just so you can get to know what the oven temperature is. Have always reduced the temp by 10/20c when cooking recipes when only a conventional oven temp is used.

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Elpe

Cooking cakes in fan ovens

I've used a Neff Circotherm fan oven for years and do most things at 160C. For cakes like a Christmas cake, I reduce it to 130-140 as they're in a long time. I do have a conventional oven below the fan one but can't see through its door! Pesky!

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blueshift86

conventional method?

Hiya,

I'm having the same problem. I'm new to baking anything! Imm trying to bake muffins and the recipe says: 125 deg C for 30 mins. I tried this and it came out undercooked inside and out. Then 2nd time round I tried at 160 in fan assisted mode and the top came out cooked but the core was still undercooked. On both occasions the muffin tray was on the middle shelf. I have a fan assisted oven with various modes but i'm not sure what is best for muffins.

What mode, temperature and baking time would you recommend? Oh and my muffins didn't rise either!

Thanks for your help!

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lucybobs

fan assisted oven and cakes

i have a fan assisted oven ,my cup cakes rise beautifully , big cakes rise up level with the tin and are beautiful i bake all my cakes on 140 the problem i am having is Christmas cake i wondered if i should put on 120 or less so it bakes slower

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SonyaK

Cooking cakes in fan ovens

Delia's Xmas cake says 140 so I'd say 120 in a fan-forced oven would be right.

The 'degrees' sign always goes crazy!!

If you look in the 'Ask Lindsay' there is a question about smaller Xmas cakes and how to cook and she says

"Still at 140 unless you only have a fan oven then it’s 120.""

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Cooking cakes

And don't forget to always use an oven thermometer regardless of how new your oven is.

 
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