Batch baking Christmas cakes
Delia’s Traditional Christmas Cake has proved so popular over the past number of years that I’m baking four this year ! One for my brother, one for my sister, one for a very close friend - and of course one for myself. They’re a great Christmas present.
My cooker will hold two cakes comfortably but would you offer any advice on the actual cooking eg do I need to switch them around at any point? I’m thinking one shelf for each cake. Or should they be on the same shelf.? Do I need to adjust the times and temperature; that type of thing?
As always many thanks to you and Delia for your wonderful advice over the years
If you use a fan setting you can put them on separate shelves. Generally need to reduce the temperature by 20 degrees but as this cake recipe is baked on the lowest shelf (which makes a difference in a conventional oven but not a fan oven) I would reduce the temperature by 25 degrees (i.e. 115 degrees but obviously you can use any shelf).
If you are using conventional heat I would cook them on the same shelf with extra layers of protection around the outside. The timings should be about the same and I’d only swap them around of your temperature is oven is uneven.