[quote="cheatize"]Milk, butter, eggs, flour, powdered sugar, and vanilla from Aldi all work fine for me. The only difference I have found in Aldi brand butter and Land o Lakes is that the name brand is lighter in color. I used to use Aldi shortening but it's lighter now and doesn't work as well for me. Instead I buy a big can (bigger than normal size) of Crisco from Walmart for 10 bucks.[/quote]
Aldi. I don't think our budget would survive without them. I have always bought my shortening in 50 pound blocks from Dawn. Now that I'm not baking as much, I'm not sure what I'll do. Maybe portion and freeze it, because it's good stuff.
I froze cake batter on the recommendation of seemingly everyone on here. AWESOME! I think I prefer using frozen cake batter for cupcakes. It's still barely scoopable and bakes up beautifully.