Convenience of use
The Cake Factory Délices takes up the design of the first model. A rather surprising choice since Tefal had decided to replace the touches of pink with brown on the second. The firm has therefore backtracked and we find on the new model a marriage of white and pink which certainly does not help to navigate the range – we nevertheless consider it a little more engaging.
The device still measures 30.5 x 33.5 x 19.5 cm and can be stored without too much difficulty, but it is more interesting to keep it available on the worktop. After all, one of the advantages of the Cake Factory over the conventional oven, according to Tefal in any case, is that it does not require preheating and should therefore save time… putting it away and taking it out each time you use it. Anyway, the Cake Factory Délices rests on small non-slip feet and is plugged in using a cable about 1 m long. A handle is still available on the back for transporting it, but we regret that Tefal did not take care to install a safety device to block the lid, which therefore swings during transport and does not allow the molds to be kept inside. inside. Said lid also does not lock during use.
Of course, the Cake Factory’s main mission is to facilitate baking settings. It is therefore equipped with five automatic programs, including a new one: Dessert creams. It replaces the Chocolate melting program of previous versions, which nevertheless includes the Cakes to share, Individual cakes, Flowing heart and Meringues programs.
Each of these programs is symbolized by small icons aligned on the control panel on the front of the device, but you must always use the arrows below to select them. Again, no change. We would have liked Tefal to take advantage of this new version of the Cake Factory to add keys under the icons. The selection is therefore still just as unintuitive, even if you quickly acquire the basics to start cooking in a jiffy. We also appreciate finding physical rather than sensitive buttons: it will be possible to operate them even with wet hands or hands covered in dough for the most clumsy… or the most greedy – why take out a spoon to taste the preparations when you can? do with your fingers?
A manual mode is offered alongside the automatic modes. Above all, it allows you to take control of the temperature, the only parameter really imposed by the automatic modes, because the predefined duration for each can be adjusted. We can also use this manual mode to replace the Chocolate Melting program of the old models; Tefal then recommends setting the temperature to 140°C. The temperature can be adjusted to within 5°C and the duration to the nearest minute using the arrows and the small digital display they surround.
The Cake Factory Délices makes it easy to extend cooking at the end of the time selected at the start if the cake is not cooked, but requires opening the appliance to check at the risk of causing it to fall. On this point, the oven is more practical since it is generally possible to keep an eye on the progress of cooking through the glass. Obviously, the oven also leaves more choices in terms of molds. The Cake Factory Délices comes with a large 19 x 23 cm aluminum mold plus 12 CréaBake steel moulds: 6 muffins and 6 mini-cakes. Note that the CreaBake molds fit in a plate that can accommodate half a dozen. Like the large mould, they are covered with a non-stick coating and other shapes are commercially available (madeleine, fluted, dome, facets).
The new Cake Factory is also compatible with the silicone molds of the first models, while glass jars are available in addition for the creams. Unfortunately, it is never possible to cook more than six individual formats per batch with Tefal moulds, and it is likely to be even less with standard individual moulds, which can be placed in the large mold or on a sold grid. separately.
For large formats, it will probably be necessary to be satisfied with the mold provided, which also has the disadvantage of resting directly on the edge of the device. It is particularly difficult to sear it when it is hot and leaving it in the appliance at the end of cooking risks overcooking. Tefal tried to correct the situation on the CréaBake plate. The rim is slightly raised to form small handles on each side, but it is difficult to slip potholders under it. Finally, the Cake Factory Délices tends to heat up a lot on the outside. A problem that we had raised on the first model. It will therefore be necessary to be extra vigilant with children, yet at the heart of Tefal’s communication.
Like an oven, the Cake Factory Délices is equipped with two resistances which allow it to heat from the top and the bottom, between 40°C and 240°C if we refer to the temperatures available in manual mode. The reality is a little different.
By placing our probes inside the large mold, we measured temperatures above 50°C by setting the device to 40°C and around 220°C by setting it to 240°C. It is therefore difficult to trust it and, overall, it is preferable to set the temperature a little above those recommended by classic recipes to achieve correct cooking. On the other hand, the temperature is very homogeneous and the heating is quite fast.
The interest of the Cake Factory lies above all in its automatic programs which do not content themselves with heating to a predefined temperature. Remember that some include several steps to help the pastries develop better thanks to different temperatures. This is particularly the case with the Cakes to share program common to all versions, which must gradually raise the temperature to 220°C to give the dough time to rise, then stabilize the temperature to cook it and finally leave the temperature lower to 160°C to slow down the cooking while drying out the dough so that a crust forms on the outside.
Our measurements again revealed deviations from the target temperatures: the temperature never exceeded 204°C during the programme. The Cake Factory Délices therefore struggles once again to reach the required temperature, which we had also been able to observe with the first model. We could have contented ourselves with taking the measurements carried out on the 2018 Cake Factory as they are so close to the news, for the programs they share in any case: Cakes to share therefore, but also Individual cakes, Flowing heart and Meringues.
For the new program dedicated to cooking dessert creams, Tefal unfortunately did not confirm the temperature(s) that the Cake Factory Délices should use. Our measurements saw the temperature rise for about 25 minutes inside the device until it reached about 115°C, then stabilized until the end of the program, which should therefore be possible to reproduce easily with the manual mode of older models.
As we pointed out during a news lab, oven cream recipes generally recommend temperatures much higher than 115°C, but those of Tefal do not require a bain-marie to limit heating and our egg custard was properly cooked at the end of the program.
If the Cake Factory Délices is content for the rest to use the programs of the old models, with the exception of the Chocolate Melting program, we have carried out a few tests for the greatest pleasure of our colleagues.
We started with the white chocolate fondant from the recipe booklet, which we didn’t find very precise in the steps. We also had to double the quantities in order to fill the large mold recommended by Tefal. Anyway, the cake came out perfectly cooked from the Cake Factory Délices with the program for cakes to share set to 30 min. Note that Tefal indicates to melt the chocolate directly in the device by setting the device to 140 ° C with the manual mode, which therefore makes it possible to do without the dedicated program of the old models.
We finally tried the recipe for chocolate runny hearts which had come out overcooked, and therefore without runny heart, from the first Cake Factory during our test. Successful cooking this time! At the end of the program, the cakes have kept this famous flowing heart. It should be noted that the dough has not completely cooked on top. We would have liked to find a nice crust to break to get to the runny heart. The cooking was quite long: 17 min against ten in the traditional oven.