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Need help Please- Mincemeat cake

macca | Dec 20, 201407:51 AM

My mom always made a mincemeat cake for one of my brothers. It was a tradition for his family to eat it on Christmas morning. My mom passed earlier this year and I would like to make one for my brother for Christmas, but have a question. It is an odd recipe, but the cake was delicious. Here are the ingredients:
2 cups water
1 3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups shortening
1 3/4 cups sifted flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 package None Such condensed mincemeat.

I am puzzled by the shortening. I did all of my Moms food shopping for the past few years, and cant remember buying Crisco. Can I use butter instead? TIA.

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