Side Swipe Beater Blade For Meringue Buttercream?

Decorating By allard Updated 22 Jun 2010 , 5:13pm by artscallion

allard Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 11:40am
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I am thinking of investing in a silicone coated blade (like a beater blade or sideswipe) for my kitchen aid mixer to help with the bowl scraping when I am making cake batters and buttercream. anyone ever used these? they are pricey, so I was curious about how they worked before I shelled out the $30.

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PattyT Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 12:13pm
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Love, love, love my Beater Blade.

Yes, it's great for SMBC (after switching out the whisk from beating the whites).

I even bought a second one for days when I have lots going on. One working away, while I'm washing up the other!

afunk Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 12:14pm
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I've been curious about this also, but I don't know anyone that has one. Opinions from other CC'ers would be great.

victoriacakery Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 12:43pm
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I love mine as well. I also purchased a second one as a back-up. Nicholas Lodge had a good suggestion, before using it the first time, fill the bowl with boiling water and run the mixer with the blade for a few minutes. It helps with forming the blade to the bowl.

xinue Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 12:50pm
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I loooooove mine! it's really usefull and time saving

allard Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 6:04pm
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Thank you so much. I am going to try it!

Lipsmacker Posted 12 Mar 2010 , 11:33pm
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The Sideswipe is great because it has all those fins that clean the bowl AND help mix it faster. Its like having a bunch of mini beaters in there. COOK'S ILLUSTRATED liked the Sideswipe best. I love mine and so do my friends! I given out so many for gifts.

rosiecast Posted 12 Mar 2010 , 11:37pm
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I want one so bad. Will it work on the KA 6qt?

Lipsmacker Posted 12 Mar 2010 , 11:40pm
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YEP! There are three different models. Check it out on Amazon. The site tells you what size. I got mine there because shipping was free from Amazon.

rosiecast Posted 12 Mar 2010 , 11:40pm
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AbouttheCake Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 12:04am
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I have the Beater Blade which is similar and absolutely love love love it. I actually have 2. Prefer the model for the lift bowl, but still really love both.

Lipsmacker Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 5:22am
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I feel the same about my SideSwipe. So do my Mom and sister and best friend. Look up the Cook's Illustrated article. When I read that, I made my decision and didn't go wrong!

Calgary_Mama Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 8:33am
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is there a difference between the "sideswipe" and the "beater blade"? I could'nt find the side swipe on amazon...

I have the bowl lift kitchen aid professional series. which would be better?

Lipsmacker Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 12:23pm
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You either need the KLN or the KLW. Depend on your exact stand mixer model. The company also has a web site. There are dimensions there to help.

And YES there is a difference. Thre Sideswipe has a number of fins that really help make fluffy batter fluffier and creamier even creamier. Read about it on their website.

pattycakesnj Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 2:27pm
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have beater blades, 2 in fact, one home and one at shop, and love it. Did I mention I love it.

artscallion Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 2:16pm
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Just got my sideswipe today for my 6qt pro KA. Tried it on a butter cake. So both creaming and gentle mixing were involved. Results:

1. The blade is much sturdier than I expected. Some of these gimmicky gadgets are so cheaply made. Not the Sideswipe.

2. I was AMAZED at how quickly my butter/sugar creamed. Normally I cream for about 5 to 7 minutes, stopping to scrape now and then to get it to the right consistency. The Sideswipe had the job done in 3 minutes!

3. It absolutely works as advertised. The angled tabs both beat the mixture AND move it down. My mixture stayed in a neat little pile at the bottom with absolutely clean bowl sides. I normally hate creaming when the mixture ends up riding all the way up the sides of the bowl, coating the whole bowl in a thin layer. Unless I constantly scraped it down, I never felt like it was being optimally mixed.

4. Worked well on low speed for mixing in the flour later. Though I usually only gives the mixer a few turns once the flour is in, usually taking the bowl off and finishing by hand.

5. Cakes in the oven now. A tried and true recipe that always gives me good results. I'll report back in a few days
after it's eaten.

I'll be testing buttercream later. It'll be interesting to see how much air gets incorporated into it with those little tabs. But so far, I LOVE IT!

artscallion Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 5:13pm
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Cakes appear to have baked up as nicely as always.
Buttercream...not so much. I used Indydeb's recipe. And, as I feared, the beater incorporated to much air in. It wasn't light. it was peppered with bubbles. Anyone else have experience with the Sideswipe and buttercream? With Indydeb's or other recipes? Opinions...

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