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Oct 8, 2007 07:29 PM

Ever heard of Verna's Litex?

Verna's Cake Decorating Supply Store (next to the doughnut place) carried a product called Verna's Litex. It's a white powder that takes the excessive sweetness out of decorator's frosting. With the supply store closed and my carefully guarded supply dwindling, I am in a panic - and it seems like it's not available anywhere online. Has anyone heard of it/found a new source? I would appreciate any help...thanks.

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  1. Not sure if this is the right stuff, but my research suggests that this is a form of Agar -

    Maybe this will get you on the right track...

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      Thanks, Bob. I checked it out, but I don't think it is the same. The litex lists food starch, soy albumen, polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate, soy protein, corn syrup, and vegetable shortening as its ingredients. Doesn't sound very appetizing, does it? It makes for a wonderful frosting though...Thanks for your help.

      1. re: bonniecrocker

        Based on the ingredient list, this appears to be powdered vegetable shortening with a number of stabilizers and emulsifiers. See link below (although probably only in industrial quantities)
        I suspect you could get the same effect on the decorators frosting by cutting it with vegetable shortening and cornstarch - you would need to experiment to get he correct proportions (given the 71-75% fat content advertised above, I would start with a 1:3 cornstarch to shortening ratio, by weight).

        On the other hand, I do like the decorators frosting right out of the can.

        Have fun with the chemistry.