Using coconut oil you can swap with butter
Coconut oil is an edible plant-based oil extracted from the kernel of coconuts. This means it can be consumed directly, however, I rather use it as part of baking ingredients.
It has been two years since I started using coconut oil for baking cupcakes.
The coconut oil used in my cupcakes has made them a creamy, soft, and moist texture.
Four questions related to baking with coconut oil
Do you melt the coconut oil for baking?
As I purchase the coconut cooking oil from a grocery store and local entrepreneur, the coconut oil came in a liquid state.
This is because they cook coconut milk to make the coconut oil.
Thus, having the coconut oil supplies in a liquid state, I do not have to melt the coconut oil.
Even though I am aware there is a solid form of coconut oil, I am not able to find one in my localities.
If you have solid coconut oil, the procedure is still the same as using butter for baking.
This means you need to melt the coconut oil.
How many cupcakes can the coconut oil produce?
By using 250 ml of coconut oil in my batter, I can produce 30 medium-sized cupcakes which weigh 50g each.
You do not have to bake many times if using coconut oil, this amount is enough for a birthday party or any small gathering.
If I change the cupcake liner and want to bake for a large-sized cupcake that weighs 65g each, I manage to produce between 13-15 cupcakes.
This is the size that I usually make for everyday cupcakes.
Can I make different recipes using coconut oil?
The coconut cooking oil has a natural taste and flavour; thus, it is easy to be used with any kind of recipe.
I have made banana cupcakes batter using coconut oil and it works fine.
On top of that, the natural flavour of coconut oil blended with the ripe banana that is used for my cupcakes as both is plant-based ingredients.
You may also swap the use of butter in the recipe with coconut oil. Using the ratio butter to coconut oil is 1:1.
This means for every 250g of butter we will use 250 ml of coconut oil.
Does coconut oil withstand high temperatures?
The refined coconut oil that I used can withstand the temperature until 232 Celsius and thus are suitable for cooking, baking, and deep-frying.
These are the lesson that I have gathered for almost two years of baking cake using coconut oil.