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To ask if you buy cake mix, or just bake from scratch? Convection oven

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hellokittymania Tue 23-May-17 20:39:52

I'm experimenting at the moment. I can make biscuits, although they never come out round, and sometimes can be quite Runny I have a convection oven and I think this could possibly be making the difference? I have bought cake mixes, but for some reason they don't rise much.

PickAChew Tue 23-May-17 20:44:59

Cake mixes aren't great, IME, and by the time you've added all the "just add" ingredients, you might as well have measured out equal amounts of soft butter, self raising flour, sugar and eggs and mixed them together.

But if you're using a table top oven, then it might not heat up evenly enough to give a good rise and cook a cake all the way through without burning.

msrisotto Tue 23-May-17 20:49:19

I've never understood the point of pre-made cake mixes.

hellokittymania Tue 23-May-17 20:51:22

What it make a difference if I put the baking tin on the grill piece do you think? So it would be in the middle of the oven? The only reason I don't like using the grill piece, is it has things sticking up so it's hard to get The baking tray on and off of it.

Blink1982 Tue 23-May-17 20:53:24

I use the Aldi cake mixes and they always turn out gorgeous.

Hastalapasta Tue 23-May-17 20:54:03

Do you have a shelf in the oven? If not a trivit could work, or an upside down roasting tin?

ijustwannadance Tue 23-May-17 20:54:17

Pre made cake mixes are great if making cakes with a small child. For £1 you get all you need in the box.

If you bake a lot and will use up ingredients, make from scratch.

hellokittymania Tue 23-May-17 20:59:17

Pasta, no it doesn't have a shelf.

theclick Tue 23-May-17 21:01:07

Bake from scratch. I think cake mixes are very American! I would use one if I could modify it, i.e. Add more chocolate, nuts etc.

hellokittymania Tue 23-May-17 21:04:18

Click, do you have a convection oven as well? When you're baking from scratch, does the cake rise? I have baked biscuits from scratch and they taste good, but they never come out right. When I have tried to make a cake or cupcakes, it has been cake mix and it doesn't rise much.

Hamsolo Tue 23-May-17 21:05:06

Cake mixes make very little sense to me. You can get all the ingredients for very little and they last for ages. Stuff like baking powder seems to be better "fresh". And you'll need to add an egg and fat usually anyway, so effectively cake mix is just flour, sugar and baking powder mixed together. Usually the flavouring is very synthetic vanilla. So, if you want a good cake, buy the ingredients separately and if you want to spend a bit more to get a really good result buy a good (expensive) vanilla extract (not essence) or vanilla powder because that will make a big flavour difference.

hellokittymania Tue 23-May-17 21:05:55

Although maybe taste is the most important! grin

hellokittymania Tue 23-May-17 21:07:41

I have to say, I have made the healthy cookies with oats and banana and raisins, and they turned out really nice! They were even close to being round

Sniv Tue 23-May-17 21:08:31

Has anyone tried the Stork 'Ready to Bake' cake mix, where you literally just squeeze it out of the packet into a tin and bake it? I guess for when you just want to be able to say 'yes, I baked it' with a reasonably straight face?

That said, I can see the appeal on being able to produce a freshly baked cake a moment's notice. Is it any good?

Vroomster Tue 23-May-17 21:08:56

I've never used cake mixes. You can't go wrong with a Mary berry chuck it all in together recipe.

Sorry for being dense but what's the difference with a convection oven?

londonrach Tue 23-May-17 21:17:25

Sooo much easier and cheaper to just do it from stratch! Dont understand why you would use a cake mix. Eggs, flour, sugar and abit of water!

hellokittymania Tue 23-May-17 21:24:14

Things don't seem to cook as well in the convection oven. I have to put chicken on for 40 minutes and usually cook everything longer. I did bacon last week, it took about 35 minutes to cook.

Vroomster it also is a microwave and grill although I have never used the grill. It's a tiny little thing as well, so you can't really do much in it at one time. When I did the biscuits, are usually only put five in at a time. Making 24 biscuits took ages. I had to cook them for about 16 minutes, each batch.

hellokittymania Tue 23-May-17 21:25:18

I love watching Mary berry every day cooking! I have yet to try anything though.

bunnylove99 Tue 23-May-17 21:26:39

Tey Mary Berry all in one sponge recipes. Never fail. I've cooked them in all types of oven..

theclick Tue 23-May-17 21:36:00

Click, do you have a convection oven as well? When you're baking from scratch, does the cake rise? I have baked biscuits from scratch and they taste good, but they never come out right. When I have tried to make a cake or cupcakes, it has been cake mix and it doesn't rise much.

Erm I'm ashamed to admit I answered the first part of your thread title and not the other part. I have a normal oven. So basically I'm saying i bake from scratch. I have used a cake mix once and DH (then boyfriend) couldn't tell as I modified it with real chocolate, etc! I'm sorry I can't help!

CheshireChat Tue 23-May-17 21:50:26

If things are coming out a bit runny and don't rise as they should (and bloody hell that sentence sounds like it belongs on the sex board!) then have you tried reducing the amount of liquid/ upping the baking powder?

CheshireChat Tue 23-May-17 21:52:38

And you can add a tiny bit of apple vinegar/ lemon juice to boost the baking soda. Can you find recipies online for convection ovens? I think air fryer are similar and you get recipies for them.

MuvaWifey77 Tue 23-May-17 21:54:30

Never baked from scratch have no idea how to, buy ready mix , my DH thinks it's from scratch and loves it ... I let him think that lol win win

GoldenBlue Tue 23-May-17 22:07:04

I would use the microwave option instead. I've used packet mix for kids but prefer a throw it all together approach. The microwave produces a great even rise but is better for chocolate cake as it doesn't brown and vanilla looks quite pale (although that's good if you are going for pale icing).

4oz butter melted, 4oz sugar, tea spoon of vanilla extract (not essential but nice) mix well together. Stir in 2 well beaten eggs, 3 1/2 oz flour, big table spoon of cocoa, a handful of chocolate chips (also not essential but yummy), put all in a silicon tray and cook until it looks cooked. It takes just a few minutes, not long at all.

If you're going to eat it hot then cook until not quite cooked through, then t becomes a self saucing chocolate pudding.

SkiBike007 Tue 23-May-17 22:10:45

Weigh the eggs in their shells for example 2eggs might weight 100g put aside. Then use that weight to work out equal parts of butter, sugar and flour.

Then mix up 100g butter with 100g sugar, add in the eggs, then add 100g self raising flour and teaspoon baking powder, teaspoon vanilla essence mix all together and you have a basic sponge mix. Can use for cup cakes or bigger cake. Cook until springs to touch normally 20-30mins moderate oven.

If you used 3eggs and they weighed 150g then use 150g each of flour, sugar and butter. I found cakes rise better with "stork" type margerine v butter.

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