I know olive oil is a healthier choice than corn, soybean and other vegetable oils, but can I use it in cake mixes and other baked goods that call for vegetable oil? —C.I., Grants Pass, Oregon
While olive oil is a healthy choice to use for cooking, not all olive oils are the best choice for baking. Extra virgin and virgin olive oils are prized for their intense olive flavor and are, therefore, not the best choice to use in baking. Olive oils labeled "pure" and "light" go through a fine filtration process that makes them lighter in both color and flavor. They are more suitable for baking. However, for baked goods with a delicate flavor, I recommend that you stick with a neutral-flavored oil such as canola or soybean oil.