Oops!!! Forgot To Buy Vegetable Oil. Can I Substitute...

Decorating By CakeInfatuation Updated 29 May 2009 , 11:18pm by Tita9499

CakeInfatuation Posted 29 May 2009 , 4:21pm
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melted butter or melted shortening?

This is for a chocolate cake.

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JGMB Posted 29 May 2009 , 4:22pm
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I'm not sure, but I'd think not. Do you have any canola oil? You can substitute that.

Also, if it's a cake you're making, I think I read somewhere that you can substitute unsweetened applesauce for the oil.

crisseyann Posted 29 May 2009 , 4:31pm
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I have substituted softened butter for oil in chocolate cake MIX. It turns out beautifully. I probably wouldn't attempt it on a scratch recipe.

CakeInfatuation Posted 29 May 2009 , 6:19pm
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I substituted softened butter. And I also substituted buttermilk for the water.

I have a new recipe! ha ha

YUMMY!

want2bcupcakequeen Posted 29 May 2009 , 10:40pm
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I substitute apple sauce for oil all the time. It does make the cake a bit denser but super moist.

Tita9499 Posted 29 May 2009 , 10:46pm
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Mayonnaise.
It's primarily oil. You use the same amount of mayo as oil in the recipe. And for the record it doesn't affect the taste.

panchanewjersey Posted 29 May 2009 , 10:49pm
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I've heard mayo makes good cakes. Very moist, just don't know how much you have to use.

Tita9499 Posted 29 May 2009 , 10:51pm
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VERRRRRY Moist!

And like, I said, since it's mostly oil, you use the same amount as the oil called for in the recipe.

indydebi Posted 29 May 2009 , 10:53pm
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Yes, you can sub melted shortening. My entire life growing up, my mom never bought oil because you could always "make" oil by melting shortening. This is pretty much the only way I ever made ANYTHING that called for "oil" before I started making cakes as a hobby/biz.

I'm sure there's some technical difference, but yeah ... in a pinch, you can melt the shortening and use that.

gersie123 Posted 29 May 2009 , 10:55pm
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This is why I love cakecentral!! You get some great tips!! I might try the mayo one time, just to check it out, would I need to use a full fat mayo or can I use a lighter version?

Tita9499 Posted 29 May 2009 , 10:56pm
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I think low fat mayo is a travesty. You'd want the full fat mayo though.

grama_j Posted 29 May 2009 , 11:01pm
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I use Mayo for ALL my cakes...... the low fat doesn't quite "get it".......

gersie123 Posted 29 May 2009 , 11:02pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tita9499

I think low fat mayo is a travesty. You'd want the full fat mayo though.




Ha ha, low fat anything is a travesty. but I could just picture my DH telling me to use the low fat stuff to cut down on the fat. He is always doing that! I have done half applesauce half oil to cut down on the fat but usually I just pretend that I did for his sake, he he, ssshhh, don't tell him

Tita9499 Posted 29 May 2009 , 11:04pm
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Why eat cake if you want low fat? Why make it low fat if you want cake? Eat a carrot for cryin' out loud, but don't defile the cake!

gersie123 Posted 29 May 2009 , 11:07pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tita9499

Why eat cake if you want low fat? Why make it low fat if you want cake? Eat a carrot for cryin' out loud, but don't defile the cake!




Exactly! whenever I make a cake for our family he asks if I used the egg substitute, and the applesauce. yuck. He still eats it if I don't and I like it better. He is always trying to figure out how to make his favourite foods low fat. Doesn't help us much though, we are still both over weight.

Tita9499 Posted 29 May 2009 , 11:18pm
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That's cause you're denying yourselves. It's like me with budgeting for shoes. If I say, "Oh, I'm not gonna buy shoes for a whole year" you'll catch me at the mall one day od'ing in a shoe store. I have to set aside a time where I can go and buy shoes, that gives me my fix and I don't go overboard when I get around a nice pair of shoes.
Make a cake...a real cake, not a punk cake with low fat stuff...and slowly savor it. Then you'll have your fix and you'll be good! Sorry to hijacK!

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