Substituting Oil for Shortening in a Cake Recipe

All out of shortening? No problem. You can substitute oil for shortening in a cake recipe by following these tips to bake without having to run to the store.

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You can substitute vegetable oil, cup for cup, for shortening. Using oil versus shortening will change the texture of baked goods. The shortening, being a solid fat, will add more air to the batter when beaten in, giving the end product more of a cakey structure rather than the more dense structure oil will give.

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