So I'm out of the "good stuff" and my cake supply store won't be open until Wednesday. I went to Aldi's and got their shortening and powdered sugar. Let's start with it won't whip up nice and fluffy...as in I was beating it for like a half hour and no difference. No matter how I try and adjust the flavor it is VILE! They are for a church picnic (outside that is why all shortening.) Should I just say screw it, throw a bunch of sprinkles on them and hope the kids eat them? I am at my wits end and it is 10:38 pm
Do you have a Wal-mart near you? They sell Great Value brand shortening that might work. I have only mixed it with butter to make my buttercream- never used it exclusively so I don't know if it will be better than what you have.
Have you tried making buttercream without shortening? butter, powder sugar, clear vanilla, and salt?
I don't think any grocery store is going to have high ratio shortening..sorry dear
I'm using straight shortening because the butter will melt in the heat. I usually make my buttercream with both butter and shortening. I had no idea there would be that major of a difference ugh! Thanks and I will keep the great value brand in mind for just in case.
Yes, some things from Aldi's are fine, and others not so fine. Experience: don't get their vanilla, it has an "off" odor. I didn't even use for fear of ruing the batter - I threw it out.
The sugar is fine. It's the best place to purchase eggs, milk and sour cream on the cheap, and those products are fine for baking. I found that if I watch for sales, I can actually get sugar cheaper at the grocery store. I've never purchased Aldi's flour - just kind of scared to do so.
I agree with thecanadian160 that Wal-mart's Great Value shortening is good for icing. I use in in SMBC all the time. And Wal-mart has the best prices on name-brand cake mixes.
Anyone else want to chime in on what products are good/not good at Aldi's and Wal-mart?
I use Aldi's powdered sugar and regular sugar all the time. I also use their vanilla and have had no problems. I do use the Great Value shortening. Be sure you get the one that does NOT say vegetable shortening. They make 2 kinds and look the same except one is vegetable shortening. I get everything at Aldi's except flour and shortening. Make all my cakes from scratch so don't use the box mixes.
I don't remember if I have ever used Aldi's shortening but if I did it would have been 8-10 yrs ago so I can't say that is your problem as it probably has changed in that amount of time. As one other poster mentioned increase your flavoring. It does wonders! :) 2 Tablespoons is what I usually use - not sure how much more would be necessary but don't be afraid of using more to taste.
Oh, also I don't work in a hot & humid area but using at least 1/2 cup butter should still hold up and make a better tasting icing.
I don't do all shortening buttercream, but I do use Aldi's powdered sugar and shortening and have no problems.
Thank you everyone. I was upping the flavoring and I used aldi vanilla...maybe that gave it the "off" flavor. I didn't want to chance butter in 90* heat. Everyone thought the cupcakes were great...especially the frosting. Go figure! I thought some miracle happened while I slept so I tasted one. Nope, the frosting fairies did not come in the middle of the night and fix my frosting. Still gross to me.
It's good to know your cuppies were enjoyed:) See, we are our worst critics. But for future knowledge using just 1/2 cup butter would not have made a problem even in such hot weather. I have delt w/that for years:) As you know, some 90% of my work was done in b'cream.