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asked November 29th 2020

Smaller cake baking times

Hi,
I searched for the answer here before asking. I have a recipe for a 8" Fruit Cake to be baked at 140C for 3.5-4hrs.
I would like to use the same recipe but baked in 6" tins. Would should I alter baking times/temp please? Thank you.

Very much looking forward for your help.

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Hi Cin TaMaNis

How long any fruit cake is baked depends on the recipe and type of oven. If it is a rich fruit cake, packed with fruit, it will require a long bake at a lower temperature to prevent the fruit from burning. A light fruit cake takes a much reduced time.
Generally, fan ovens tend to bake quicker, and hotter. It may be necessary to make a heat reduction by 20 degrees or by the advice given in the oven manufacturer's manual.

Personally, I would not bake an 8" rich fruit cake at 140c at the time indicated. However, if you're using a fan-forced oven, reduce it down by 20 degrees and bake the 6-inch cake for approx 1hr 40 - 2hrs or 2 hrs - 2.5 hrs for a conventional oven. Let your eyes and nose be your best friends by keeping a check on the baking.