# Baking at a lower temperature than the recipe calls for

The recipe calls for 350 degrees for 10 minutes, yet my oven only goes up to 260 degrees. How long should the cake stay in the oven?

• What are you trying to bake, and are you sure it's not calling for fahrenheit temperatures rather then centigrade?
– GdD
Oct 24, 2016 at 8:05
• I'm assuming you're mixing temperature scales. No household oven would go anywhere near 350C - certainly no cake I've ever baked has needed to be baked that high. Oct 24, 2016 at 12:10
• If your oven really could do 350C, you would probably get an almost catastrophic result as mixing psi and bar for inflating tires, or using pounds instead of litres when fueling your aircraft Oct 24, 2016 at 13:30
• @VirtualAnomaly The self cleaning cycle is significantly hotter on many ovens, so it's not a matter of capability. Oct 24, 2016 at 17:12
• Reminds me of a joke shared with a potter: “fire on cone nine”. Oct 25, 2016 at 1:38

Convert 350°F to 175°C - I don't think there's any lower temperature issue here.

If your oven goes up to 260 degrees, I'm guessing that's 260°C, not 260°F. (260°C is 500°F, so that's not a surprising maximum temperature to see, whereas a max of 260°F would be a pretty useless oven.)

A cake recipe that calls for 350 degrees is most likely 350°F, especially if you happen to know it's an American recipe. 350°F is an extremely common temperature in American recipes, possibly the most common. (A baking temperature of 350°C is really high and pretty unlikely - pretty much just for things like pizza, and certainly not cake.)

• It may be helpful to note that 350F is an extremely common temperature for baking cakes if you are using an American (et.al) recipe. Oct 24, 2016 at 12:26
• @Keeta There isn't really any "et al." to the use of Fahrenheit. It's hard to imagine a British book giving Fahrenheit without also giving a gas mark (if it was rather old), Celsius if more modern) or both. Oct 24, 2016 at 14:54
• And of course, 175 - 225 C is a very common temperature range for almost anything oven-related...
– user
Oct 24, 2016 at 15:52
• A (nice) reason to also note the gas mark in recipes, especially if you publish them online. Browser translation has gotten .. not quite good, but good enough that those with less experience might not realize a different temperature scale is at play :) Oct 24, 2016 at 17:20
• @DavidRicherby Although a stretch, I felt if I didn't include "et al", some SE user in Belize, Bahamas or Cayman Islands would be saying "what about my country?" Oct 24, 2016 at 18:54