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A question about a recipe: Tender Yellow Cake

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I have a question about the recipe "Tender Yellow Cake" from sdebrango. Can I substitute sunflower/safflower oil for the canola oil in this recipe? Would sunflower oil make the cake taste better or worse?

asked by scotrotsios over 4 years ago
5 answers 6510 views
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Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added over 4 years ago

I just made this cake yesterday! I used vegetable oil. I am not sure about safflower oil, I think any flavor in the oil will carry through to the cake because it is quite delicate, so you want to stay very neutral. By the way, it is excellent with the icing from sdebrangos Texas Sheet Cake ...

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added over 4 years ago

I use sunflower oil in baking all the time. I think it yields better results than Canola oil, and I've never been able to taste any difference. I wouldn't use a super expensive sunflower or safflower oil, that seems like a waste to me. I tend to save the premium oils for salad dressings and use the more refined for baking.

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added over 4 years ago

I'm also thinking that a decent quality olive oil would make a lovely cake, although then it would be a distinctly olive oil cake. But an olive oil cake goes wonderfully with roasted strawberries drizzled with a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar ;)

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QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

added over 4 years ago

I am with ChefOno on the smell of heated canola. It turned me off from using canola for any purpose. I generally use sunflower instead.

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