Using nut oils in baking and cooking adds flavor and can offer health benefits.

How to Bake a Cake Using Almond Oil

by Catherine Misener

Made by pressing raw or roasted almonds, almond oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and has a flavor that appeals to many. As it also has a high smoke point, meaning in can withstand higher temperatures, almond oil is highly suitable for baking. If made from raw almonds the oil will have a mild flavor that will not overpower other ingredients in baked goods, making it a good choice in lighter cakes, such as a chiffon or angel food cake. When the oil is made by pressing roasted almonds, the cake will take on a slightly nutty flavor, making it ideal for cakes where you want a deeper flavor or with cakes that contain nuts.

1 Substitute refined almond oil for any other oil or butter called for in your cake recipe. Refine oils are oils that have had any impurities strained out, which makes them better able to withstand higher temperatures. As most cake recipes call for a temperature of 325 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, refined almond oil is the best choice for this type of baking.

2 Measure the same amount of almond oil as the oil or melted butter called for in the recipe. Add the oil and combine with other ingredients, as directed in the recipe.

3 Bake the cake as directed in the recipe. If the recipe originally called for butter, check the cake a few minutes prior to the time specified in the recipe. All butter contains some amount of water, which lends moisture to a cake and helps prevent it from crumbling. As almond oil does not contain any water, cakes make with the oil may have a greater tendency to crumble if overbaked.

Items you will need

  • Almond oil, refined

Tips

  • Almond oil made from roasted almonds works well in cakes that contain chocolate, caramel, toffee or other ingredients that hold up to a stronger almond flavor.
  • Almond extract and almond oil are different products. Almond extract, also frequently used in baked goods, is made from bitter almond oil and ethyl alcohol. Almond oil is a substitute for oil or butter, whereas extract is used as a flavoring ingredient.

Warning

  • When looking for regular -- or sweet -- almond oil, do not confuse it for bitter almond oil. While both types of oils come from almond trees, the bitter almonds come from a specific almond tree that is known to contain toxic chemicals. Regular, or sweet, almond oil comes from a different almond tree that does not contain any such potentially dangerous chemicals.

About the Author

An educator since 1998, Catherine Misener started her writing career in 2009. Her work has appeared in "NW Kids," "The Oregonian" and "Vancouver Family Magazine." She holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s University and a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan. After working in the food industry for years, she opened a small batch bakery.

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