How to Substitute Butter for Vegetable Oil When Baking a Cake

Updated November 21, 2016

If you're making a cake and realise that you've run out of the vegetable oil called for in the recipe, you might think you need to run to the store and buy more. Instead of interrupting your baking, you can substitute for the vegetable oil with good results. You might notice a slight difference in flavour or texture, but your cake should bake properly if you follow a few simple steps.

Place butter into a microwave-safe cup or bowl. Use the same amount of butter as the vegetable oil called for in the recipe.

Heat the butter for approximately 1 minute on high power in your microwave. If it does not completely melt, continue to heat the butter at 10 second intervals until it is melted.

Place the cup of butter on your countertop for 2 to 3 minutes to allow it to cool slightly. The butter will still be warm and liquefied but not hot.

Use the cooled melted butter in place of the vegetable oil in your cake recipe.

Things You'll Need

  • Microwave-safe cup
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Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.