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The cake recipe is calling for a vegetable oil. I have refined sunflower oil, and refined soyabean oil.

Do they qualify for flavourless oils? I haven't noticed any taste in any oil by now! Taste buds problem, perhaps.

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Both refined sunflower oil and refined soybean oil are generally considered flavorless.

Also included among these are:

  • Canola (rapeseed) oil
  • Corn oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Vegetable oil

The most reliable method of course is to taste the oil :). I'm sure you can actually taste the flavor of extra virgin olive oil.

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Generic vegetable oil is most often soybean oil. –  Aaronut Feb 26 '12 at 14:54
    
Around here it's usually a blend of corn, soybean and sometimes others. –  hobodave Feb 26 '12 at 14:55
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My wife hates the flavour of the refined canola oil (most popular oil here in Poland) and I can taste it too, so I would not call that flavuorless. Though, that may be the Polish oil… –  Jacek Konieczny Feb 26 '12 at 18:12
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Asian sourced peanut oil has a reasonable strong flavour. Canola oil varies a lot too, some sources of it are quite obvious –  TFD Feb 26 '12 at 19:47
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@TFD Peanut oil is made both refined and non-refined. Refined is fairly flavorless (and is good for deep frying). Unrefined has a strong peanut flavor (and isn't so good for frying). Similar to the difference between virgin and refined ("light" or "pure") olive oil. –  derobert Feb 27 '12 at 22:56
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Most refined oils have little to no discernible flavour. It's the unrefined oils (think EVOO or dark sesame oil) that do.

I wouldn't hesitate to use refined sunflower oil or soybean oil in a cake; nor canola, peanut, grapeseed, or safflower. They're all pretty bland.

Really, the best way to know for sure is to taste it.

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thanks for the hint. –  TheIndependentAquarius Feb 26 '12 at 15:24
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