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Can I use butter instead of vegetable oil?

Asked by ItalianPrincess1217 (11973points) October 19th, 2011 from iPhone

I was about to make a cake and I discovered I was out of vegetable oil. I have heard you can use applesauce in place of the oil but unfortunately, I have none of that either. How about butter? Would that work?

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HungryGuy's avatar

Here’s a tasty cake recipe

marinelife's avatar

I would melt it first. It should work fine.

creative1's avatar

Yes but as @marinelife said you need to melt it first. You are just replacing one fat source with another, it may make it taste even better too

wundayatta's avatar

It should work fine. Depending on the recipe, you may be able to beat it into the cake instead of having to melt it to mix it in. Creaming the butter first is a part of many recipes. Cream the butter, add the vanilla and spices, cream in the sugar, then add the eggs and any other liquid and finally add the flower.

If you are using a cake mix, then melting it should be fine.

Linda_Owl's avatar

You can, but the caloric count will go up a LOT.

perspicacious's avatar

It will work; margarine would work better.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

Thanks everyone! The cake turned out great. Butter works!

john65pennington's avatar

Yes, as long as its dairy butter and not peanut butter.

Keep_on_running's avatar

I almost always use butter when I make cakes, even olive oil. I can’t remember the last time I bought vegetable oil.

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