The cakes need to be on different racks to enhance the air flow and heat distribution in the oven. Put them off center but not too close to the sides. One of the cake on the middle rack and the second cake on the bottom rack of the oven. You can actually bake up to 4 or even 6 cakes at the same time in the oven.
Can you bake cakes on both racks in the oven?
Using Both Racks
When baking cakes and cookies, for example, you can certainly bake two pans at once. For cakes, if the pans are small enough that there is at least an inch of air space between the pans and the oven walls and in between the pans, you can bake them on the same rack.
Do you increase baking time for two cakes?
Yes, two cakes will take longer than one, but only by a tiny bit. The second cake is an additional heat sink, but it shouldn’t be enough that you’d notice it if they’re on the same shelf.
Can you put 2 cake pans in the oven?
If you have a conventional oven then you can rotate the pans part of the way through the baking time. If you have two pans on the same shelf then turn the pans 180 degrees. If you have pans on different shelves then you need to swap the pans between the shelves.
The middle oven rack is the happy place where air is circulating, the heat sources are evenly distributed, and tops and bottoms aren’t in danger of burning or browning too quickly. It’s the perfect place for cakes, cookies, and brownies to stay and bake.
For rich, even browning, stick with the top rack. Once the oven is preheated, the heating element on the bottom of the oven turns off and on throughout baking to maintain an even temperature.
How do you bake two things at the same time?
If one dish calls for a roasting temp of 325°F and another calls for 375°F, you can meet in the middle and cook both at 350°F. Most ovens are usually off by about 25 degrees, so both should be fine. The exception is baked goods, which do require a specific temperature.
Does baking time change with quantity?
There is no set rule. As you can see, the trick in increasing quantities of a recipe like a cake or casserole is to keep the thickness of the product close to the same, so that you can bake at the same temperature, for close to the same amount of time.
Can I bake two different things in the oven at the same time?
Yes, you can cook two things in the oven at the same time. Just make sure to pay attention to temperature and cooking times for both items.
Can you use multiple racks in a convection oven?
Convection baking uses a fan to circulate the oven’s heat evenly and continuously within the oven. This improved heat distribution allows for even cooking and excellent results using multiple racks at the same time. Foods cooked on a single oven rack will generally cook faster and more evenly with Convection Bake.
If you prefer to bake two sheets, space racks so oven is divided into thirds and switch cookie sheets top to bottom and back to front halfway through baking. Preheat oven 10 to 15 minutes before baking the first sheet or pan of cookies. Check oven temperature with an oven thermometer.
What is the best oven setting for baking cakes?
The majority of cakes are baked in a regular oven at 180c (350F/Gas Mk 4), on the centre shelf of the oven.
Why do ovens only come with one shelf?
It’s really common for us to be asked to supply a spare oven wire rack, wire shelf or an extra one as quite often a new cooker or oven will only come with one in it. This is actually normal practice and really just a way to keep costs down and, as you read through this article you’ll understand why that is.