Can you substitute Olive Oil for Butter?

Can you substitute Olive Oil for Butter? I am making a Gingerbread Cake for a vegetarian guest, so I need to know if there is some type of butter substitute that is compatible to this recipe. Thank you.

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Dec 21, 2011
Shortening Works
by: Sweet Kneads

You can substitute equal parts of shortening for the butter. It makes the gingerbread a bit crispier as well

Nov 17, 2010
Substitutes for Butter
by: Kelly

I might use vegetable or Canola oil instead of Olive Oil. Wikipedia says:

If a recipe calls for one stick of butter (1/2 cup), use 1/3 cup of oil.

They also mention nut butters (from almonds, cashews, or other nuts) as a substitute for butter. Use the same amount listed for butter in the recipe.

Applesauce is also a common substitute for butter in sweet baking recipes, but I'm not sure it would yield a hard enough gingerbread cookie to build a house out of. Applesauce might work as a substitute for butter in our gingerbread cake or soft gingerbread cookie recipes.

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