Using oil in cake making

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Country Baker

Using oil in cake making

I generally use either butter or margarine for cake making. When is it preferable to use oil instead of butter or marg, and what is the main advantage of doing so?

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Queen of Puds

Oil in cakes

I would only use oil in the recipe if the recipe said so, unless I was sure that you could substitute without issue. Using oil will change the composition, & make the cake mixture more of a batter, so you couldn't incorporate air while beating for example & you would therefore require a different, or additional raising agent.

I have several recipes that call for sunflower oil or similar in place of butter or margarine, mainly for batter style cake mixes, e.g. I have a carrot cake recipe that calls for oil & this gives it a very loose, moist texture once baked. Muffin recipes often contain oil instead of butter. I also have a couple of recipes for chocolate cake that contain some oil. I tend to find that these recipes also call for the addition of bicarbonate of soda or extra baking powder, probably because there is no solid fat to help stabilise the rise (?) I will use any oil (eg rapeseed, nut oil or sunflower) but not olive oil - although there is a recipe for cake using olive oil (but I'm not fond of the flavour personally).

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Thistledo

Using oil in cake making

I have just one recipe using oil, inherited from my mother. My Yoghurt Cake is a guaranteed success every time and uses no additional raising agent, apart from SR flour.

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SonyaK

Yoghurt cake

Would you be able to share that recipe with us, Thistledo?

I use oil in carrot cakes and sometimes banana cake.
I don't think the fat type has an effect on the rising of the cake - that's the baking powder and eggs, I believe.

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Yummy

Chocolate Beetroot Cake

..... is made with Oil, and is the Yummiest of cakes..... Mmmm!

Quite a few that I can think of, I have the Yoghurt cake on my profile, given to me by some old French ladies in a sewing group... using the yoghurt pot as the measure for all the other ingredients....it saves you getting the scales out and is brilliant.

I think it keeps it really moist and gorgeous.

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Naina

using oil in cake

I made a mixture of yoghurt cake batter and put half a cup of sunflower oil instead of butter and sugar cream. but my cake did not rise and neither it was cooked inside. it was brown on top but it was heavy and uncooked inside. where did I go wrong? your help will be appreciated. Many thanks Naina

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Heather bells

Using oil in cake making

I have used oil in a recipe for chocolate brownies which I have been baking for thirty years now and they always turn out right and are a great favourite with our family.It has no raising agents and I use plain flour and eggs. I have also used oil in a carrot cake recipe and a yogurt cake recipe.Both of these require baking powder.

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Wendy

Yummy's yogurt cake

This is just to say I can vouch for Yummy's yogurt cake. It was really good and has been made since. On the first occasion the yogurt was what I had left over in a 500ml container and I think trying to make a cake using that as a measure was a bit too much!! I used a small cup that held the similar amount of yogurt.

Wendy x

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Yummy

Naina ~ Gateaux de Yaourt


"I made a mixture of yoghurt cake batter and put half a cup of sunflower oil instead of butter and sugar cream. but my cake did not rise and neither it was cooked inside. it was brown on top but it was heavy and uncooked inside. where did I go wrong? your help will be appreciated. Many thanks Naina "
Have another go with this recipe Naina, it is so easy, no weighing just use the yoghurt pot ;) ~
http://www.deliaonline.com/community/yourrecipes/baking/Gateaux_de_Yaourt_(_Yogurt_Cake).html

 
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