Has anyone done this with sucess?
No and dont waste your time and ingredients either...for best results you need to follow her recipe to the "T"
I make her recipe with half crisco half butter and it comes out perfect everytime. I am a hobby baker and can't see spending the money on shipping for high ratio shortening and I have no place around me that sells it.
I have made four or five batches of her icing and every time I made it with Crisco (sticks). It has always turned out beautifully.
When I first made her recipe I made sure to use the hi ratio. It was good and I was very happy with the result. But I can ill afford to pay the shipping, much less the initial cost, so have subsequently been using regular shortening from the grocery. I haven't used Crisco since the re-formulation removing the trans fats, but still have been able, (so far) to find house brands that do contain them. Quite frankly, I am still just as pleased with the results. This is just my opinion, and I am very satisfied.
I recently made it with half store brand shortening, not Crisco, and half butter. It came out thinner than I wanted so don't use as much liquid to start. You can always add more later. Also I would have my liquid fairly warm, but not piping hot. I think that melted my butter and contributed to the thinning of the icing. That is, if you use any butter. If you use all shortening it may not matter.
I used to make her recipe with store brand and then I bought some Sweetex and it made the biggest difference.To me,even as a hobby baker,it is worth the expense.It has a smoother,richer taste and much less grittiness.You can buy a 12 lb tub at Globalsugarart.com if you dont need the 50lb block.HTH
Edited to add that I use half butter/half sweetex.
I recently made it with half store brand shortening, not Crisco, and half butter. It came out thinner than I wanted so don't use as much liquid to start. You can always add more later..
Hi-ratio and AP shortening both have a bland flavor, so there's no flavor difference...
Hi-ratio is used in SugarShack's recipe because it offers distinct performance advantages over Crisco or other AP shortenings.
One of the performance advantages is that hi-ratio can absorb more liquid than AP shortening without breaking down.
Additionally, when substituting hi-ratio in an AP recipe, you can use 2/3 cup of hi-ratio for every 1 cup of AP.
The other added performance advantages are a smoother b/c and no greasy mouth feel - ever .