I'm in the very beginning stages of planning a 2nd kitchen. My DH is bugging me about picking out an oven now. I need help! What is a good oven to get? I do anywhere from 2 weddings and 2 good sized party cakes a week at this point but want to continue to grow. I want a good oven but I also don't want to break the bank on one either. Thanks!
AI was looking for this info too... I'm opening my first bakery... the equ. Makes my head dizzy... what kind of oven? What kind of mixer? Do I need a cooler for the cakes? The dummy cakes? What did you do you first store?
I have a convection oven at home that has the option of regular bake and convection bake. If I select convection bake I punch in the temp I would use for regular baking and the temp is automatically adjusted (lower by 25 degrees).
When I had just a regular oven I baked my cakes at 325 degrees. With the convection bake I punch in 375 degrees, the temp is automatically lowered to 350 degrees, and I get the same results (moist cake, no "hump"). I have NOT noticed the baking time being a lot shorter using the convection oven but I can bake so much more at a time by using all 3 racks in the oven.
I can bake an entire 4 tier cake (2 12" round, 2 10" round, 2 8" round, 2 6" round) at the same time. Takes about 1 1/2 hours (baking time).
The main thing you have to look for is a true convection oven. Some ovens call themselves convection ovens because they have a fan, but they are not really convection ovens. The oven I have has a heating element behind the fan so the air that is blown into the oven is the same temp as the oven. This is really the only way the entire oven is the same temp causing even baking.
The only negative I have is sometimes (not every time) the top the cake gets hard, almost crust like. I trim the top off of each cake so it doesn't matter and it doesn't affect the rest of the cake - just the top. I think it is because of the fan blowing on it but I am not sure. Like I said, it is only sometimes this happens.
Cupcaks, cookies and pies bake wonderfully too.
There is also a convection roast setting that makes the beautiful crispy skin on turkey.
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Agree, you must have an oven that holds full sheet pans. And a cooling rack, pictured above. Bakeries and restaurants go out of business often, so you shouldn't have much trouble buying used.