Replacing butter with coconut oil in Baking Recipes

Replacing Butter with Coconut Oil

Most ‘free-from’ baking substitutions involve performing a calculation to adjust the ratio of the replacement ingredient. This is because the replacement ingredient usually has different physical properties which need to be taken into account. However, coconut oil behaves very similarly to butter, so can be substituted directly on a one-for-one basis. This means that if your recipe calls for 1 cup (225g) of butter, simply replace with 1 cup (210g) of coconut oil.

Moistness: coconut oil is slightly denser than butter, with a higher percentage of saturated fat (92% versus 63% for butter) this means that the cake will be moister and greasier
Saltiness: the 20% water content in butter can cause it to spoil, so salt is added as a preservative this means that salt needs to be added
Flavour: coconut oil tastes of coconuts this means that the cake may have a subtle taste of coconut, depending on whether stronger ingredients have been added
Melting point: coconut oil has a much lower melting point than butter, and melts easily at about body temperature this means that coconut oil is not suitable for baking recipes that need sold butter, such as pastry

The magic formula:

  • use the same amount of coconut oil (replace 1 cup (225g) of butter with 1 cup (210g) of coconut oil)
  • ADD 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Conversion Table:

Coconut Oil
Butter
 =
Coconut Oil
1 cup – 210 grams
1 cup – 225 grams
=
1 cup – 210 grams
1/8 cup – 26 grams
1/8 cup – 28 grams
=
1/8 cup – 26 grams
2/8 cup – 53 grams
2/8 cup – 56 grams
=
2/8 cup – 53 grams
3/8 cup – 79 grams
3/8 cup – 84 grams
=
3/8 cup – 79 grams
4/8 cup – 105 grams
4/8 cup – 113 grams
=
4/8 cup – 105 grams
5/8 cup – 131 grams
5/8 cup – 141 grams
=
5/8 cup – 131 grams
6/8 cup – 158 grams
6/8 cup – 169 grams
=
6/8 cup – 158 grams
7/8 cup – 184 grams
7/8 cup – 197 grams
=
7/8 cup – 184 grams
8/8 cup – 210 grams
8/8 cup – 225 grams
=
8/8 cup – 210 grams


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