Discover the secrets of substituting oil for butter with our handy conversion calculator. Whether you’re vegan, watching your cholesterol, or aiming for the perfect taste, our guide will ensure your cakes turn out just right.

Understanding the Butter to Oil Swap

When considering a vegetable oil to butter conversion or vice versa, it’s essential to understand the impact on your baked goods. Here’s a quick look at key factors:

1. Flavor:

  • Butter provides a buttery flavor as a bonus.
  • Oil offers more flexibility, with various oils contributing different tastes to the cake.

2. Leavening:

  • Butter aids in leavening by trapping air in the dough.
  • Liquid oils lack the ability to create air bubbles, resulting in denser cakes.

3. Richness:

  • Both fats contribute equally to the cake’s richness.

4. Tenderness:

  • Butter provides more tenderness compared to liquid oil.

Oil to Butter Ratio: 3:4

To replace butter with oil, use a simple ratio of 3 parts oil to 4 parts butter. For example, if a recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of oil, substitute it with 4 tablespoons of butter.

Vegetable Oil to Butter Conversion Chart:

  • 3/4 teaspoon oil = 1 teaspoon butter
  • 3/4 tablespoon oil = 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons oil = 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup oil = 1 cup butter

How to Use the Conversion Calculator:

  1. Input the amount of butter or oil you want to convert.
  2. Select the desired unit (e.g., grams or milliliters) from the dropdown list.
  3. Get instant results on the equivalent amount of the other ingredient.

Example: 250g Butter to Oil Conversion:

  • 250g of butter equals 187.5g of liquid cooking oil or 200g of coconut oil.

Note: The last row in the calculator adjusts based on the unit of measurement for butter due to differences in density between butter and coconut oil.


1. How much butter is 1/2 cup of oil?

  • 1/2 cup of oil is approximately equal to 2/3 cup of butter, following the 3:4 oil to butter ratio.

2. How much vegetable oil equals one stick of butter?

  • One stick of butter is about 93.75ml or 6 tablespoons of liquid vegetable oil.

3. Is it better to cook with butter or oil?

  • It depends on your goals; butter provides a distinct taste, while oil offers health benefits and taste flexibility.

4. Is coconut oil healthier than butter?

  • Not necessarily, as coconut oil is high in saturated fatty acids. It’s crucial to balance saturated fat intake.

5. Can I replace butter with coconut oil?

  • Yes, you can, but adjust quantities considering the density difference. Multiply by 0.80 for weight conversions and 0.75 for volume conversions.

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