Substitute Butter For Oil In Cake Mix?

Baking By auntmamie Updated 24 Feb 2011 , 2:44am by tryingcake

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auntmamie Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 10:51pm
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I bought an oil based cake mix rather than a butter based mix by accident. I am trying to make a PB cake (doctored mix recipe from here). Can I use butter in place of oil to go by the recipe, or oil in place of butter to go by the box? I'd rather not go back to the store, again. BTW - free cake for my nephew's birthday.

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Doug Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 11:02pm
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OIL in a cake?????

choke...gasp...::very dramatic back of hand to forehead:: OH THE HORROR!

I thought that symbol meant melted butter!!!!

Use melted butter all the time! and it works just fine! (Of course it DOES cost more!)

even Duncan Hines says you can (click on ingredient substitutions)

my only other advice --- DO remember to take the melted butter out of the microwave and add it to the mix (now I wonder why I say that ??? icon_rolleyes.gif)

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Comerio Posted 23 Feb 2011 , 2:37am
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Doug.. I know you were horrified.. but these cakes with butter are way too dry...

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Evoir Posted 24 Feb 2011 , 1:32am
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I would think clarified butter would be the same as using oil (ie after you melt it remove the milk solids (water content)...this means starting with more butter than you need before you melt it.


BTW I HATE the taste of oil in cakes. Blergh.

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tryingcake Posted 24 Feb 2011 , 2:44am
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I don't melt it. I just have it at room temperature, nice and soft.

You can also exchange oil/butter for applesauce (which is what I do 99% of the time) - measure for measure.

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