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What does shortening do when using for cake?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Is it the same as adding "veg oil"?
i'm looking at a Whoopie pie recipe - they seem very similar to reg chocolate cakes.

http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1913,137176-236202,00.html

TY
Kat
post #2 of 5
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.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
thanks!

ew... it's bad enough to get it from the icing. I usually use butter instead of veg oil.
post #4 of 5
Here's a nice site for learning the science behind cake baking:
(Including function of ingredients in a balanced formula/recipe.)

http://www.bakingandbakingscience.com/Cakes.htm

HTH
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thank you JanH... you are always so helpful!
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