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Making a red velvet cake. Recipe calls for 2 cups canola oil. Made this cake over the weekend and didn't have enough canola oil used veg oil

Right now have maybe a cup of veg oil and 1/2 cup canola. Anything else I can use to substitute???

asked by mandy about 3 years ago
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added about 3 years ago

Safflower oil would work. Just wouldn't use olive oil

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added about 3 years ago

You can use melted butter for the remainder, but be sure that when you melt it, you let the water cook off. Butter is an emulsion of 80% fat, 18% water, and 2% milk solids. To get the 4 ounces you are lacking, melt 5 ounces of butter and let the water "sputter" away. Excess water in any batter gives gluten a chance to overdevelop and produce a tougher cake.

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added about 3 years ago

Use some olive oil but overdose on the sugar

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added about 3 years ago

You could also try some other relatively neutral oil, like grapeseed oil if you have it. Peanut might work but I'm not sure how strong 1/2 cup would be in the grand scheme of things. Plus peanut and chocolate kind of go together anyway!