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post #1 of 25
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1. Is cake flour the same as "bread flour"?
2. I'm thinking about buying a convection oven. Will the forced air heat make my cakes dry out while baking?
post #2 of 25
I don't believe that bread flour is the same as cake flour. Not for sure though. On the convection oven, I bought one last year and I really don't like it. I found that it does make my cakes drier and it seems to brown the top and edges much more than than my gas oven.
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post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice -- sure glad I know that before spending $1500!!
post #4 of 25
No, they are not the same.

Convections ovens are supposed to drop your baking time by 25% and you are to lower the temperature. Are you doing this?

I'm thinking about getting one. This is the first I've heard bad things about it.
post #5 of 25
Sorry for asking my silly question.
What is convection oven ?
Is it an electric oven ?
In norway we do not have gas oven. Here we only use the electric one. So that is all I know about.
post #6 of 25
yep i have lowered the temp. and the baking time. Still have problems with the drieness and the browner edges.
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post #7 of 25
cake flour and bread flour are pretty much oposites.

Cake flour is made from softer gran that contains less gluten, bread flour is made from hard grain taht has more gluten. All purpose is teh happy medium.
post #8 of 25
My oven can be turned on to convection or used normally. I don't like baking with it on convection, I do like roasting or doing certain dishes with it on convection, but I must admit, I rarely use that function for any baking. Some people like to, just not me.
hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #9 of 25
Wow! I've heard so many good things about them until today. HMMMM......

Yes, elin, they are a type of electric oven. I'm not sure how they work, but you lower the temp about 50 degrees (F) [which of course saves money] and you lower the cooking time about 25% [saving even more cash]....

Are they good for other needs such as roasting and baking non-sweets?
post #10 of 25
Yes they are good for roasting etc. Dawn and they come with a booklet that tells you the best place to place the racks and the items you are cooking according to how many items you have, etc, temperatures etc. there is a fan that circulates the heat, inside the oven.
I tried it twice each for cookies, pies and cakes and I preferred using it like a regular oven for my baking. Now that is not to say that after you play around with it and get used to it, well you might get better results. But you know I am very fussy about even browning and such and often will only bake one cake in the oven if I cannot fit two side by side, I never will put them on different racks because they just don't turn out as perfect. So that is part of it for me. Nitpicking squirrel, that is me, haha!
I have a Jenn-air self-cleaning electric convection oven built-in. Don't know if the make matters or not.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #11 of 25
My sister has a convection oven and doesn't use it to bake cakes because she says it dries them out. I have a gas oven with the convection option. I haven't used the convection for a cake yet but need to try just to see how it does. My book says to set the temp at 25 degrees lower and baking time will be the same or a few minutes shorter. I think the convect works well on roasting because it circulates the heat which aids in the baking process. Convection comes with gas or electric. Elin, you really aren't missing anything. Ü
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post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by SquirrellyCakes


I have a Jenn-air self-cleaning electric convection oven built-in. Don't know if the make matters or not.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes



That's the exact model I've been considering. Right now I have a double oven (built in) and a counter-top electric range. I am considering removing the cabinet with the counter-top range and placing a gas oven/range there. I want to replace my double oven with an electric/convection oven. At least that has been my plans.....
post #13 of 25
Hi Dawn, well mine is about 5-7 years old, so that may also have a bearing. Gosh, I wish I had two full size electric ovens, and a huge countertop range, in gas, of course, well I can dream, haha! You know, one of those 6 burner and grill etc, haha. Right now the counter top is two burner with grill that you can change to use as 4 burner and it is electric.
But I can tell you this, of all of the ovens that I have ever had, this is the first one that actually bakes things in the exact recommended times, so it must be dead on, as far as the temperature goes. And it really is so much easier on the old back, having it up and in the wall. And cleaning it, well that is a breeze, I am so impressed with that feature as I really don't like cleaning the oven.
Don't know how expensive they are where you are, but here they are super expensive.
Hugs Squirrelly
post #14 of 25
That is funny that you mentioned what you were wanting to do Calidawn...

I got a new oven yesterday! icon_biggrin.gif I had an electic counter-top range (I hated it), also a built in oven that was ONLY 19" wide!! Bearly large enough for a lasagna pan! I don't know how I've been baking cake in that thing! The new oven I bought is BIG!!! Don't know the size, LOL. It's an electric Kenmoore, self-cleaning. My hubbies friend came over this morning & removed my counter-top range & put the new oven in it's place. It looks perfect!! thumbs_up.gif He also kept the cabinets intact so now I have a an extra piece of counter top wider then the range!! Don't know where I'm going to put it because I already have a island countertop in my kitchen. I might put it in my spare bedroom where I keep all my cake boxes & such.

I plan on baking my first cake in it tomorrow afternoon. I can't wait!! party.gifbirthday.gificon_smile.gifbirthday.gif
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post #15 of 25
Thread Starter 
I wonder if you used the convection oven, and covered the cake with foil, if it would still dry out. Trouble is....you wouldn't know if it was done or burning or sinking.... sounds like our good 'ole electric/gas oven are still the best!

Do they make digital ones? I think my dial is way off. I need to go oven shopping, but my fiance is moving in his things too and now I have two ovens! yeay!
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