What Does Shortening Do When Using For Cake?

Baking By Katskakes Updated 10 Jul 2007 , 5:52pm by Katskakes

Katskakes Posted 9 Jul 2007 , 7:54pm
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Is it the same as adding "veg oil"?
i'm looking at a Whoopie pie recipe - they seem very similar to reg chocolate cakes.



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KoryAK Posted 9 Jul 2007 , 9:46pm
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yes it is going to be the same purpose, but your results are going to differ a little, a cake made with shortening is going to be a little firmer (as short. is firmer than oil) and may leave a greasy residue in your mouth.

Katskakes Posted 9 Jul 2007 , 11:50pm
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ew... it's bad enough to get it from the icing. I usually use butter instead of veg oil.

JanH Posted 10 Jul 2007 , 8:24am
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Here's a nice site for learning the science behind cake baking:
(Including function of ingredients in a balanced formula/recipe.)



Katskakes Posted 10 Jul 2007 , 5:52pm
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Thank you JanH... you are always so helpful!

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