Shortened Cakes By: Breanna Malak

What is a Shortened cake?

  • Shortened cake- also known as butter, conventional, or creamed cakes, are the most commonly prepared types, especially for birthday and wedding celebrations. These are American butter cakes which typically have a moist, tender crumb and fine, even grain.
  • They often contain some sort of fat known as butter or oil.
  • Baking powder, baking soda and acid are used for a leavening agent.

Mixing Methods

Conventional Method

  • Cream together fat and sugar.
  • Beat in the eggs.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and leavening. Alternately add the dry ingredients with the liquid in three equal parts. Begin and end with the dry ingredients.
  • Stir until ingredients are well blended.

Quick Method

  • Sift together the dry ingredients which include the flour, sugar, salt, ad leavening.
  • Stir in the fat and half the milk. Using an electric mixer, beat two minutes.
  • Add remaining liquid and eggs. Beat two minutes.


2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups white sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 pinch salt

2/3 cup shortening

2 cups boiling water

2 eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Prep 10 minutes

Cook 30 minutes

Ready In 40 minutes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa and salt. Set aside.

Melt the shortening in the boiling water, then stir into the flour mixture until blended. Beat in the eggs, then stir in the vanilla.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.


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