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i thought i was a great baker, i'm so sad!

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Hther Sat 23-May-09 15:32:05

i was almost famous for my baking.

my cakes were amazing, so light, fluffy and really moist.

now i have moved house and discovered it must have been the oven at the old house cos i can't make wonderful cakes anymore; i have tried several times, will i ever make wonderful cakes again?!

stuffitlllama Sat 23-May-09 15:53:45

yes but you had the knack of your old oven

you have to learn the knack of the new oven

that's all!

stuffitlllama Sat 23-May-09 15:54:13

actually when I just read the title I thought "I bet she's got a new oven" grin

StirlingTheStrong Sat 23-May-09 16:02:05

I was the same but got myself an oven thermometer and it showed that the temp on the dial was completely out.

Lakeland sell them, or I got mine from Debenhams, I think. They are only around £5.

Made a heck of a difference with my baking smile

Hther Sat 23-May-09 16:04:18

actually i am just using my old oven again!

i always hated electric cookers, but in my last house i couldnt have my own gas cooker as there was a fitted one i couldn't remove so i used that, it was gas hob, elec oven and grill (combined).

now i am using my own gas cooker again, are electric ones better for cakes, looking back i only remember making moist fluffy cakes once before, until i started using the electric one

Podrick Sat 23-May-09 16:12:04

Fan ovens are a pain because your cakes don't rise evenly ime

Hther Sat 23-May-09 16:15:07

the one that made lovely moist cakes was an electric fan oven! i was desperate to se my gas cooker again now i want an electric one!

Podrick Sat 23-May-09 16:17:51

Oh! My big cakes are lop sided in my fan oven!!

Hther Sat 23-May-09 16:24:59

the best thing i made was ginger cake from recipe on here, was very popular, first one i made was best because......

i misread the oven temperature instead of 300 degrees F, i did 300 degrees C wondered why after 10 mintes it was very dark, thought i'd ruined it, took it out while oven cooled down, then put it back at right temp, it was absoltely delicious i really want to make another but i can't anymore

Tinkjon Sat 23-May-09 16:26:04

I have this problem too! I thought fan ovens were supposed to cook more evenly than others but not ime!

Hther Sat 23-May-09 16:43:46

maybe there is something wrong with my oven actually.

i cooked something taht should take half an hour., it took 90 minutes!

StirlingTheStrong Sat 23-May-09 17:33:39

Thermometer!!!

isenhart7 Sun 24-May-09 22:18:50

I agree-is probably your oven. I have two ovens but only bake in one as other is crap. Thermometer should help!

Podrick-I use cake strips to insulate cakes so they aren't uneven but you can make your own out of an old bath towel:

Make a 2-inch wide strip from an old heavy towel, soak in cold water and wring out, then wrap tightly around the pan, pin in place, pour in batter and bake as usual. Remove the wrap after the cake has rested in the pan 5 minutes and your cake layers should be even!

Ivykaty44 Sun 24-May-09 22:24:48

Get the oven serviced, this should help.

Ivykaty44 Sun 24-May-09 22:27:11

When you got the corgi registered person out to fit the gas cooker did they say anything about servicing the oven?

TrillianAstra Sun 24-May-09 22:28:54

I have a gas oven and it is rubbish. I also have a thermometer because it doesn't make the right temperature. It heats from the bottom FGS, everything cooks so weirdly.

frustratedmom Sun 24-May-09 22:29:01

Just to make you feel better. I changed a recipe to make it milk free at christmas. It came out tasting of soap. I'm not joking! allthe other adapted recipes were ok. All i did was swap butter for milk free marg. didnt think it would make a difference. One mistake I am not going to live down in a hurry blush

Hther Tue 26-May-09 16:15:29

haven't logged on for a while, no it wasn't serviced properly as far as i know, he just said it was working and safe

it had been stored in the garden for a while well wrapped in plastic sheeting and i was afraid this cold cause a problem but i had stored outside for mch longer period once before and it was fine afterwards.

i haven't bought a thermmrter yet, maybe i need a new cooker; are electric better for cakes? i prefer gas hobs so maybe i should get one of these combined gas hob, electric grill, rather than another gas cooker?

Hther Fri 29-May-09 21:56:00

bump

Hther Tue 02-Jun-09 09:34:16

anyone? I really think i need a new cooker.

Electric or gas oven? Which makes the best cakes? I am suffering serious withdrawal symptoms from not eating delicios cakes!

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