We’ve been asked many times ‘What is the best oven for baking cakes?’ A few months ago we created a blog dedicated to this question. Now, we are taking our research one step further in order to help you find an oven that will help you to create the perfect bake!
We’ll unveil a few of our favourite ovens for the baker but before we do, there are a few important things to consider that will help you on your mission to buy the best oven for baking beautiful muffins, perfectly raised cakes and delicate meringues.
Convection, Fan & Conventional Ovens – What’s The Difference?
Convection is any oven with a fan. The majority of ovens now include a convection setting as standard but they are not necessarily a proper ‘multifunction’ oven.
Convection is just one step up from conventional. In simple terms, a convection oven (also referred to as fan assisted) has a fan at the back of the oven that blows heat generated from the top/bottom heating elements, around the cavity. Convection ovens are available in gas or electric models.
A true fan oven has a fan with a heating element around it, essentially a third heat source. A fan oven is always electric.
Cooking with fan assistance, results in an even oven temperature throughout the cavity. Food will cook quicker and more evenly too. A select number of top the the range, high spec fan ovens have specialist programmes dedicated to baking and are capable of adjusting the settings automatically. It’s always worthwhile to research the special functions available on an oven before you commit to buy.
A conventional oven heats up using the top and bottom heating elements only, it does not have a fan. These are the cheapest ovens on the market. Although a conventional setting is recommended for baking cookies and delicate bakes it’s worthwhile to buy a fan assisted oven with both convection and conventional functions, as having both options provides greater cooking flexibility.
Oven Features Bakers Will Love!
Soft Close Hinges.
If you love to bake a soufflé or two and regularly bake meringues it is worth looking for an oven with soft closing hinges to prevent sunken soufflés and collapsed meringue disasters!
Soft closing hinges allow the oven door to close softly and quietly without a sudden jolt. Slow motion closing prevents too much cold air sweeping into the oven which helps to reduce interference to the internal temperature. It is always best to avoid opening the door during baking, a sudden drop in temperature (opening the door before the cake has set) can spoil cakes, resulting in a sunken middle!
Removing and placing food into an oven with telescopic shelves is much safer and easier. Fully extendable telescopic runners are versatile and secure. Once fully extended, you can comfortably turn food or check the ‘doneness’ of your bakes safely, without having to peer into the hot cavity.
Assisted Baking Programmes.
Some top of the range ovens now come with programmes that take the guess work out of baking and cooking! Ovens recently launched in the Whirlpool W collection, for example, feature 6th Sense Technology which will automatically adjust times and settings during the bake to produce perfectly moist, beautifully browned cakes and chewy centred cookies.
Assisted baking programmes have often been developed with the help of professional bakers and chefs as they understand that dependant on what you plan to bake, settings always need to be adjusted to suit the individual recipe. Technology and programmes tailored to a specific recipe will help you to achieve the best possible results time and time again.
Self Cleaning Ovens.
There is no doubt about it a self cleaning oven makes oven cleaning really easy. If you’re a keen baker and cook then a pyrolytic cleaning oven with it’s ultra tough cleaning cycle would be great choice for you.
There are various options to look out for including ovens featuring catalytic liners, hydro cleaning cycles and also pyrolytic cleaning ovens. So what is the difference between a catalytic, pyrolytic and hydro cleaning oven?
The sides of a catalytic oven are lined with special catalytic liners that are coated with unique chemicals designed to absorb as much grease as possible during cooking. Catalytic liners are usually only placed on the sides of the oven meaning the upper and bottom sections will still need to be cleaned manually.
Pyrolytic Cleaning Ovens.
Pyrolytic ovens feature a tough cleaning programme where temperatures soar up to 400ºC within the cavity, burning away any grease and food debris inside, turning it into ash.
The door on a pyrolytic cleaning oven will automatically lock when the cleaning cycle is in operation, only opening again once the temperature inside has lowered to a safe level. It takes a couple of hours to complete the programme but the results are outstanding! Simply wipe away the ash debris and you’re done!
It is a cost effective cleaning cycle, costing approximately 40p per cycle. Ovens falling within the higher priced categories often have a pyrolytic cleaning cycle.
Hydro Cleaning Ovens.
Hydro cleaning ovens heat water to high temperatures to generate steam which loosens any food deposits and grease lurking inside. It cleans your oven without the need for harsh chemicals. The internal cavity is lined with a special coating which has unique cleaning properties, these are activated during a steam clean cycle and help to achieve sparkling results with ease!
Best Ovens For Baking Cakes.
If you are passionate about your baking then ‘Our Top 4 Built in Ovens for a Perfect Bake’ is most certainly worth a read. It features a number of fantastic built in ovens with both basic and specialist features that would be ideal for those who love to bake and cook, there are ovens that cater for every budget within our selection.
Below, you’ll discover a couple of newly launched ovens that are now available to buy at Appliance House. These models are serious contenders for the top spot on our mission to find the best oven to bake cakes!
Whirlpool W11IOM14MS2H, Built in Single Oven
The A+ energy rated W11IOM14MS2H, Built in Single Oven from the Whirlpool W Collection is an outstanding oven designed to help you achieve professional cooking results with minimal effort!
Featuring Whirlpool 6th Sense Technology and a multi sense food probe this oven is capable of monitoring the internal temperature of food to achieve outstanding results. The oven will automatically adjust times and settings accordingly so you can cook anything from succulent joints of meat, oven roasted vegetables through to meringues and strudels, all to perfection.
The touch control, full colour screen enables you to scroll through plenty of settings including Ready2Cook which uses a powerful convection system. The Cook4 function allows you to cook up to four dishes without flavours mixing with options specifically designed for baking cookies, tarts and pizza’s.
Sponge, fruit and chocolate cakes can be baked to chef standards using the multi sense probe. There are even bespoke settings and recipe suggestions for baking cookies, pastries, tarts, meringues and fruit filled pie that take the guess work out of baking!
Once you’ve mastered baking like a pro the eco friendly hydro cleaning setting on the Whirlpool W11IOM14MS2H will leave your oven sparkling clean with just the touch of a button.
De Dietrich DOP7785, Built In Single Oven
The stylish De Dietrich DOP7785 single oven has specialist technology that helps you cook with precision and control. Once cooking is finished, it also has 3 pyrolytic cleaning functions to help keep your oven immaculately clean.
It features a 73 litre oven capacity which provides ample space to create multiple bakes and the unique, rose gold trimmed dial is a delight to use making it effortless to scroll between functions.
Professional features such as the ‘Chef’ function will help you to cook like a pro! Once in chef mode your dish is cooked and managed automatically by the oven. This De Dietrich oven also comes with 50 culinary recipe guides.
Using the scroll dial there is also the option to select a dedicated pastry mode which is perfect for baking delicate French desserts. A 20mm pasty dish is also supplied with the oven which is ideal for baking cookies, shortbread and cupcakes. Food can be handled with ease thanks to the sliding telescopic rail system. The telescopic shelves are extremely stable and trays can be completely removed to provide full access to every dish.
The energy efficient A+ rated, Die Dietrich DOP7785 single oven features a drying mode too which can be used to preserve food. Drying food preserves the nutritional quality of food locking in minerals, proteins, vitamins and flavour. The drying mode can only be used with fresh food, it is fabulous for drying fruit and vegetables which can then be used in baking. We love this feature as it is a great and easy way to create delicious, nutritious snacks for young children and adults alike!
We hope you’ve found our tips and round up of the best ovens for baking cakes useful! We have an excellent selection of single, double and steam ovens on offer at Appliance House. Please call one of our helpful team at Appliance House on 0330 002 0229 should you require any further guidance or advice. We’re a friendly bunch and always happy to help.