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Corn Oil for Chocolate Fudge Cake

Asked by Rebel10. Answered on 21st April 2014

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The Chocolate Fudge Cake recipe requires corn oil, can I substitute this for something else? If so what?

Our answer

Nigella's recipe for Chocolate Fudge Cake (from Nigella Bites and on the Nigella website) is made using corn oil instead of butter as the oil ensures a very moist cake. However the corn oil can be subsituted with another oil, as long as it is a flavourless vegetable oil.

The availability of oils can vary according to where you live but flavourless vegetable oils can be sunflower oil, expeller-pressed rapeseed oil (canola oil), groundnut/peanut oil and safflower oil (though this is usually more expensive so we would try and use one of the other oils). Oils to avoid include olive oil, walnut, hazelnut and other strong nut oils, pumpkin seed oil, avocado oil, hemp oil, cold-pressed rapeseed oil and toasted (Asian) sesame oil.

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