When using ovens with both fan-forced and conventional settings, it is best to use conventional when you are baking long and slow (like for cakes) and fan-forced for fast cooking at high temperatures. If using a fan-forced oven, as a general rule, drop the temperature by 20°C to imitate conventional.
Which oven setting is best for cakes?
Top/Bottom heating is the most effective setting to use when you are baking or roasting on a single level. The heat is emitted evenly from above and below, making it ideal for baking cakes. Try our Lamb Rogan Josh using top and bottom heating.
How do I set my oven for baking?
This cooking mode uses convection baking, meaning the convection fan and top and bottom heat coils evenly circulate heat for baking.
Press the Bake button on the front of your oven, and then:
- Set a Temp.
- Set a Time (if not preheating)
- Press Start.
What temperature should you bake a cake?
Make sure you follow the recipe’s instructions carefully. Cakes typically bake between 325 to 450 degrees F (see chart with Tip #9). Most convection ovens require lowering the temperature by 25 to 50 degrees F, as well as turning off the fan.
Is a convection oven a baking?
Use the convection setting on your convection oven for most cooking, roasting and baking needs, including meats, vegetables, casseroles, cookies and pies. With convection roasting, meats like chicken and turkey can get a delicious crispy outer layer, while staying juicy on the inside.
How do you set the oven to preheat?
Most ovens take 10 to 15 minutes to heat up to the right temperature. If you have an older oven, you may not have a dial with the different temperatures written on it; you may just have an on-off switch. If this is the case, simply turn on the oven and wait 10 to 15 minutes before setting the items to be baked inside.
For baking, heat needs to come from the bottom of the cooking space, not the top, though many people swear by fan-assisted baking (aka a convection oven), which makes the heat come evenly from all sides, including top and bottom.
How long should I preheat the oven for cake?
In general, the rule of thumb when it comes to baking cakes is to preheat your oven to the directed temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before popping your cake in. That extra time will pay off when you pull out your perfectly baked cake!
How long do you cook a cake in the oven?
Bake until the cakes are lightly golden on top and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to racks and let cool 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the pans and turn the cakes out onto the racks to cool completely.