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A question about a recipe: Faulknerian Family Spice Cake, with Caramel Icing

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I have a question about the ingredient "shortening (yes, shortening)" on the recipe "Faulknerian Family Spice Cake, with Caramel Icing" from ENunn. Can I use vegetable oil instead of shortening?

asked by walevitt about 3 years ago
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drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added about 3 years ago

I'm guessing not. They have 2 completely different chemical properties and impart different textures to baked goods. And enunn specifically says shortening. Emphasizes it even. If you were going to sub anything for the shortening I'd use more butter. Even then, the cake will be different.

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added about 3 years ago

No, just go ahead and bite the bullet and use shortening. You can get organic shortening in bars, at Whole Foods, if that the issue--if you can't stand the thought of Crisco. Me, I think it rocks. But you have to use the shortening here.

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Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added about 3 years ago

Agree with the above wisdom. You need the density of shortening here.