Gold Member Badge


  • You're all caught up!

How to Substitute Oil for Butter in a Betty Crocker Cake

author image Stellina Aubuchon
Stellina Aubuchon has been writing since 2003. She writes on health and communication issues for various websites. Her past writing experience includes her master’s degree thesis on college students' oral health. Aubuchon is working towards her doctoral degree in communication studies, with a specific emphasis in health communication, sensation-seekers and risky behaviors.
How to Substitute Oil for Butter in a Betty Crocker Cake
A young girl eating cake at a birthday party. Photo Credit: LWA/Dann Tardif/Blend Images/Getty Images

Many Betty Crocker cake mixes call for butter in the recipe. It is possible and common to substitute oil for butter when cooking a Betty Crocker cake. Essentially, butter contains 80 percent fat while oil is 100 percent fat; replacing butter with oil adds more fat to a Betty Crocker cake mix. Because oil has less saturated fat, it may be a healthier alternative. Olive oil has more nutrients then butter or vegetable oil. According to Amazing Olive Oil, olive oil is a useful substitute for butter, margarine or other oils in recipes. The basic rule for substituting oil for butter is to use equal quantities of these ingredients. When substituting olive oil for butter, use three-fourths of the volume of olive oil. Use an olive oil described as "buttery" to avoid a cake with a bitter taste.

Video of the Day

Step 1

Substitute 2 1/2 tsp. of olive oil for every 1 tbsp. of butter in the recipe. If you use vegetable oil, use the same volume of oil as you would butter.

Step 2

Measure the oil into a mixing bowl before adding it to the cake mix.

Step 3

Continue with the instructions on the Betty Crocker cake box.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
Lose Weight. Feel Great! Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
  • Female
  • Male
ft. in.


Demand Media