I tried MFF for the first time this week. Loved it, but my hand mixer did not! It broke as I was nearing the end. I assume a stand mixer wouldn't have this problem? I also assume a Kitchenaid is the best stand mixer (or the only??). What is the least expensive model I could get away with that will withstand things like mixing fondant? What do you have that you would recommend?
never, never make fondant, any kind, with a hand mixer.
i have a KA, 6 qt professional 600 series and love it. I recently got it because the one I had, from my mom who died, was over 30 years old and I wanted a new one in a pretty color. So that just shows you how tough they are.
I've heard a lot of people on the site say they wouldn't change to an electric mixer (KA, etc). The last batch of MMF I did (the 3 tier in my pics) I did by hand and it worked out pretty well. It allowed me to figure out the consistency of the fondant the whole time. And for the two batches I made I didn't need to use all the icing sugar. None the less - I think the next time I do another MMF recipe/batch I'll use the hand technique once again.
Sorry you broke your mixer! That sucks!
Get a KA and get the 6 qt if you can. You won't regret it. I got mine on eBay for $295, new in the box.
I agree Caike, I never use my mixer to make fondant. It's just one more thing to clean and it's much easier to make by hand.
I just got the 7qt Cuisinart mixer...
I replaced my 4.5 qt KA and am very happy. Actually my mom inherited it
The Cuisinart has some great features like the huge capacity, a timer, a pulse button, and a spring loaded tilt head.
I spent HOURS researching and I think KA has gotten too comfortable at the top and needs to step it up. They are no longer the best on the block.
Here is more info on the KA v. Viking v. Cuisinart ENJOY!
Get a Viking