Answer to that question is yes and no at the same time. All 3 products are vegetable shortenings. They are all completely plant-based fats and they are all white in colour, but that’s pretty much all they have in common.
What is Copha Vegetable Shortening?
Copha is vegetable shortening made in Australia. Is it very common in Australia and can be easily found in any of the supermarkets. Copha vegetable shortening is made out of 99% coconut oil, and it is solid block of fat. It has white colour to it, and once melted it is clear in colour. It is used in many of the desserts and party treats, especially in the ones that have to set.
What is Crisco Vegetable Shortening?
Crisco vegetable shortening is manufactured in United States and it is the most common vegetable shortening over there. Most of the bakers and cake decorators in Australia have heard about Crisco vegetable shortening but it is rather hard to find it in here, mainly due to the high cost of it. Crisco has a nice white colour to it, same as Copha. Different from Copha though, Crisco vegetable shortening has soft and creamy texture. You can easily swap Copha with Crisco but have to be careful when doing the other way around. Since Crisco vegetable shortening doesn’t set hard, it can’t be used in recipes that require the hard texture of Copha.
What is Solite Vegetable Shortening?
Solite vegetable shortening is very similar to Crisco vegetable shortening. The main difference is, that Solite is Australian product. Due to that fact, Solite is much cheaper and also easier to find in the shops. Again, you won’t find it in the supermarkets as you would find Copha, but most of the well supplied cake decorating supply stores, do have it in their range. Solite is premium professional creaming vegetable shortening, and it is widely used in professional bakeries. Solite vegetable shortening can be used as a direct replacement for any recipes that call for Crisco. Solite is ideal in Australia’s hot climate when you need your buttercream to remain firm. Like the other two vegetable shortenings mentioned above, Solite has white colour to it, which ensures that your colours stay true, unlike when you add them to a buttercream that has the yellow colour of butter. Solite vegetable shortening is shelf stable, so it doesn’t need refrigerating. This is great cause you can make the cupcakes or cakes days in advance, and don’t have to worry about spoilage.
So now when you know the main differences between the vegetable shortenings, it’s time to do some baking or decorating and give it a go. You will be impressed with the difference and might want to use vegetable shortening all the time now.