20 Quart Mixers

Business By fsinger84 Updated 14 Jun 2009 , 6:01pm by Loucinda

fsinger84 Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 10:46pm
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I am looking at buying a 20 quart mixer. I was wondering how much batter you can mix at a time in one this large? I am looking for a mixer that can mix enough batter for four dozen cupcakes at a time (total of 4icon_cool.gif minimum. How much would you pay for a used 20 quart mixer. I will be going to an auction in a few weeks so any input/advice is appreciated.

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indydebi Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 11:48pm
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I have a 20 qt and a week or so ago, I mixed up 12 cake mixes and had a little room left over. 48 cupcakes is what, 2? 4? mixes? You'll have plenty of room!

As far as price, I'd look on ebay just to get an idea of what they are selling for on there. At least it will give you a ballpark. Also check various websites to see what a brand new one sells for. I mean, if they're selling on ebay for $1200 and a brand new one is $1500 (just pulling numbers out of the air for a for-instance), then just go with the extra $300 for a brand new one.

Kitagrl Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 11:59pm
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Doing in bulk is awesome. haha.

Right now I use my home kitchen. BUT I have two 6 qt mixers (each one easily mixing 3 cake mixes which is 6 dozen cupcakes each). And I also recently bought a Samsung stove/oven but the capacity is one of the largest for a home oven, and I have three racks in there which really helps me ALOT. Plus the interior is a couple inches wider than regular ovens too.

For just home baking, I find this arrangement to be pretty good for now.

FromScratch Posted 14 Jun 2009 , 12:29am
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A 20 qt mixer is HUGE for your needs... I think a 600 pro or a 7 qt cuisinart would be more than enough mixer for your mixing needs. A 10 qt might even be good (better for mixing up a good amount of icing). Truth be told, a mixer that large won't be as good as one that will fit your batter nicely.

Kitagrl Posted 14 Jun 2009 , 12:54am
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Or even 2-3 six quart mixers...that way you can make all the same cake batter, or you can make several different ones at one time.

all4cake Posted 14 Jun 2009 , 1:05am
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I mix up 3-4 batches at a time...I start out with a 5 qt mixer for the creaming and the addition of the eggs. Then, transfer that into a huge bowl for the dry and liquid additions using the hand mixer.

FromScratch Posted 14 Jun 2009 , 1:42am
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I agree with you Suzy... I have no need to mix up 20 qts of the same flavor. I'd love a biggun for icing... but for batter, the 6 qts are more than enough. icon_smile.gif

korkyo Posted 14 Jun 2009 , 4:22am
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Me too. I use the 20 qt for icing and the 6 qt for mixes. I never have enough to use the big mixer in all one flavor.

leah_s Posted 14 Jun 2009 , 4:31pm
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Well, when you're making 4-7 wedding cakes, there will be a lot of the same flavor in all those tiers. And that's when the big mixer comes in handy. icon_smile.gif

Kitagrl Posted 14 Jun 2009 , 5:09pm
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I totally agree....wasn't sure if she had a bakery or house...I can't do that many weddings in one week with my kitchen and four boys. haha.

Loucinda Posted 14 Jun 2009 , 5:22pm
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OK - I am on the fence with this one.....I have an option to buy a 20 qt. hobart right now - I don't really need one that big - BUT I am hoping my business will be at a point where one would be nice ( a year or 2 down the road??)

I just did a wedding yesterday 4 tier - bottom being 16" - I know I could've mixed that all at once instead of using my 6 qt. several times....and I the icing - I made up 4 batches in my KA for all that wedding and the other cakes I had this week.

My question is do you think I would be silly to buy this now (even though I only do 2 weddings a month right now) or should I just hold off? I need the experts opinion on this.......(TIA)

Kitagrl Posted 14 Jun 2009 , 5:24pm
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I'd say if you have the money, to buy it. It will save you time and that saves you money and increases your profit eventually.

playingwithsugar Posted 14 Jun 2009 , 5:29pm
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You can do the batter for 4 dozen cupcakes in a 5 quart KA. Each normal batter (same size as 1 cake mix) does about 2 dozen cuppys. I can mix 2 full mixes in my KA at one time.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

Loucinda Posted 14 Jun 2009 , 6:01pm
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I am sorry for trying to hi-jack the post, I made my own, (and thanks kitagirl!)

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