I used high-ratio shortening for my buttercream, and I just want to put it out there that this stuff is the ULTIMATE BEST!!! WORTH THE MONEY!! I used it yesterday for first time and LOVE IT! What a difference,,no more cracking and etc!! Highly recommend to purchase . I got mine for $12.50 by CK,,but was wondering if it's cheaper elsewhere or online somewhere? I'm ONLY going to use Crisco/ganache for underneath fondanted cakes and use the high-ratio for all buttercream cake and free hand drawing! You gotta try this if you haven't yet..It's worth the extra dollars spent if used wisely!!