Can you replace oil for butter when baking a cake?

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Liza's Kitchen NYC
Liza's Kitchen NYC June 25, 2014

Not usually, do you have a recipe in mind?

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barcelona
barcelona June 25, 2014

I want to make a white chocolate carrot cake and the recipe calls for butter, however I want to make it with olive / vegetable oil

Liza's Kitchen NYC
Liza's Kitchen NYC June 25, 2014

Hmm, could you alter this recipe to make it white chocolate?
http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chocolate-carrot-cake
Or do you mean white chocolate icing with a carrot cake?
http://www.chatelaine.com/recipe/quick-and-easy/carrot-cake-with-white-chocolate-icing/ (the butter is in the icing only).

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barcelona
barcelona June 25, 2014

No the white chocolate is incorporated into the cake. Damn this is a hard one, I am just going to give it a go and maybe substitute 1/3 of the butter with oil

Susan W
Susan W June 25, 2014

Olive oil (unless you choose extra light tasting) has a pretty strong flavor that may or may not work with your cake. Most carrot cakes are made with a vegetable oil. If you are referring to a frosting (especially a buttercream), oil probably won't work.

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Susan W
Susan W June 25, 2014

If it's in the cake, chances are your plan of replacing 1/3 of the butter will probably work. The cake will be heavier, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Let us know how it goes.

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dinner at ten
dinner at ten June 25, 2014

Don't forget that butter is only about 80-85% fat (the rest is mostly water, with a little bit of milk solids), so if you replace butter with oil (which is pure fat) you should probably cut down the volume of oil accordingly.

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