Shortening Question

Forum: Cakes & Cake Decorating

Hi everyone! I wonder if I can get some advice. I use a hi-ratio shortening for my icing and need to purchase more as I am running low. I typically purchase a 50lb. bulk purchase. I only do cakes part-time on the side, so this lasts me quite a while. In my resent search, I have learned that Sweetex has changed their formula (due to FDA regulations on trans-fats) and that the icings made with the new formula has a tendency to “break down”. Also, there are so many different choices, such as Sweetex Flex, Sweetex Z, and Golden Flex. Can anyone please offer advice on what works best for their icings?
Thank you so much!

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June ("Clarky's Cakes") ...

Not sure members here can help you unless they are Americans. I’m Canadian, and we don’t have these brands here. I can tell you even here where I live, it’s virtually impossible to find high ratio shortening. Just doesn’t exist anymore. Same regulation change here by Health Canada.

steph4 ...

June,

What do you use in Canada?

June ("Clarky's Cakes") ...

Firstly, I never use shortening to make my icing. I only use shortening to make my fondant, or other applications. I use Crisco.

Sandra Smiley ...

Like you, I purchased Sweetex in a 50 pound box, divided it into five pound blocks, double bagged and put it in the freezer. I am down to my last five pound block, so I guess I will be going back to Crisco, like in the good old days, before I ever heard of Sweetex. Like June, I rarely use shortening in my frosting, preferring to use butter. I do use shortening if high temps and humidity require it.

halfbaked625 ...

i had the same problem with the new formula too, youhave to play around with you liquids to get it to be more stable. you can call Stratas customer service or go to their web site. they have very good information on how to use the new shortenings

Custom Cakes by Ann Marie ...

Thanks everyone. I wrote Stratas with questions, but no one ever got back to me :(

June ("Clarky's Cakes") ...

Ann Marie..who is or what is “Stratas”??

halfbaked625 ...

Custom Cakes by Ann Marie ...

June….Stratas is the company that makes Sweetex products.
@halfbaked625….thanks for the link….will watch as soon as I get the chance!

June ("Clarky's Cakes") ...

Ahhh..I see. Thanks for cluing me in!!