High Ratio Shortening sources


From time to time, someone is looking for a source of High Ratio shortening and I've listed sources here many times, as well as on the oldBC.

Sweet Celebrations was a great source for many years but they went out of business several years ago. Here is a copy/paste from a prior post:

Reply by swirth on January 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Emulsified shortening is also known as cake, icing or high ratio shortening. It can absorb more sugar and liquid than regular vegetable shortening and gives a finer/smoother texture to cakes while helping to keep them moist, as well as keeping icings more stable. It's mostly used in icings and cakes where the recipe contains a large percentage of sugar. Alpine Hi-Ratio Shortening and Sweetex are the most common brands.

There really is no substitute for it but you can buy it here:


and if you live near a Wilton store, I think you can get it there.

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reply by: BakerIrene on April 11, 2012 at 8:39 am

In Canada, the Bulk Barn chain sells high-ratio shortening in with their cake decorating supplies.

NO they do not do mail order. If you can drive to a Canadian store, you can stock up.

reply by: KitchenBarbarian aka Zen on April 11, 2012 at 11:19 am
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Another possible source is a professional bakery. Some of them will sometimes sell you a block of High ratio shortening. Mostly in the 2 lb range. It's bulk packaged in a 50 lb block. If you cut it up, wrap it well, and freeze it (in a deep freeze), it lasts for virtually ever.

I wouldn't suggest doing that with high ratio LIQUID shortening, or at least be very careful. The emulsifiers have a tendency to settle out of the liquid stuff (which again is packaged in large bulk amounts) so if it's not stirred up well everytime it's used you get messed up oil with either too little or too much emulsifiers in it depending on whether it's coming out of the top or the bottom of the bucket.