I have no idea if this shortening will work for buttercream frosting as it is hard. Is there any way I can soften it and make it work? Or are there any other products on the Australian market that could suffice?
Thanks in advance!!
I know this is late but just read your thread. On youtube their is a website called cupcake addiction. She shows many videos about cupcakes and I have seen her use Copha many times. You may be able to watch or even go on her website where she has many tutorials and get an answer. You may even be able to email her. She talks about using copha or vegetable oil in the same sentence so maybe?
There recently was a discussion on cake central about using copha in icing. I was going to attach a link but when I googled it to find it several other relevant threads came up. Type into google...copha in buttercream cake central....and several threads from CC discuss how to use it and how to make it less hard.
I'm in Australia and i use Copha instead of Crisco even though Crisco is pretty available where i am. There's a company called USA foods in Moorabbin in Melbourne that can sell you crisco online or if you have any cake chops near you they should stock it, i have 2/4 cake shops near me stock crisco.
I melt the copha in little batches so i can use it as a liquid but still try to keep it's temperature low as i don't want to boil it or anything, it usually is a great consistency for frosting and pipes onto cupcakes perfectly.
I only use one buttercream recipe that uses copha and it's equal parts butter and copha