Which Attachment Should I Use?

Baking By steph95 Updated 5 Feb 2006 , 11:09pm by kaecakes

steph95 Posted 5 Feb 2006 , 5:04pm
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Whenever I make icing, I have always been using the paddle beater on my KitchenAid stand mixer. I'm starting to wonder if I should be using the wisk attachment instead? I'm somewhat afraid that I would create alot of air bubbles in the icing. Or is that a good thing? My kitchn aid handheld that I use sometimes has the standard beaters on it, and I haven't noticed a difference between the two. Could someone point me in the right direction?

6 replies
izzybee Posted 5 Feb 2006 , 5:10pm
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If it is a straight buttercream (no eggs) I use the paddle only. If it is a meringue buttercream I use a whip.

gmcakes Posted 5 Feb 2006 , 5:11pm
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You are using the RIGHT attachment!

I use my wire whip to beat meringue powder (I use Wilton's Snow-white Buttercream recipe) and then finish my icing with the paddle beater. You want your icing to be light & fluffy, but too many air bubbles in it will make it hard to smooth!


steph95 Posted 5 Feb 2006 , 5:22pm
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Thank you both!! I have a birthday cake and cupcakes to do this weekend, so I was wondering what I should be doing!!! It seems like no matter how often you do something, every once in a while one seems to second-guess oneself!!!

cakemommy Posted 5 Feb 2006 , 5:35pm
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You know.....that is a good question. I've often wondered if I should give the whisk a try. I've always used a paddle.

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TexasSugar Posted 5 Feb 2006 , 11:03pm
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I use paddle for buttercream. Whip for royal.

kaecakes Posted 5 Feb 2006 , 11:09pm
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I use the paddle for both buttercream and royal the whisk adds to much air and creates air bubbles.

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