Kitchen Tips

Temperatures: Coventional vs fan bake ovens

What temperature can I use for conventional ovens, not fan bake ovens? Photograph by Pablo Martin /

I have a lot of recipes I want to make and not sure what temperature to cook them at. Would you do the cakes about 20 degrees higher than oven bake e.g… fan bake 160, ordinary baking 180 or are some of them not suitable for conventional baking?
Most recipes (biscuits, slices, cakes, pies, tarts, and suchlike) can be cooked in either fan-forced or conventional ovens (except for only a couple of things, such as meringues which are best cooked in a conventional oven).
Fan-forced (convection) oven temperatures are usually set lower than conventional ovens. Increase the temperature given by 10-20 degrees to convert to conventional oven temperature (for example 160 degrees fan bake / 180 degrees conventional oven) or refer to your particular oven’s manual or manufacturer’s instructions.