When making buttercream with the kitchenaid, do you use the paddle attachment or the wisk?
I always use the paddle. I think the whisk would add to much air into it.
I second the paddle. Its about the only thing I use for caking since the whisk adds the unwanted air like cakegirl said.
I use the whisk attachment and whip the snot out of it for at least 5 minutes. That makes it light and perfect. If I just stir it instead of whipping it, it's heavier and pastier. Not nearly as tasty!
That's what I was thinking, but I wanted to double check!!!!
I also use the paddle. I set my kitchen aid on med-high and let it go for 10-12 min. Very light and fluffy. Of course this is after i get everything incorporated. Don,t beat it so fast , that it incorporates air bubbles that you can,t smooth out. I also stop and stir mine like like sugarshack shows us and that way it comes out smooth . I keep the icing moving with the rubber spatula as the paddle is moving. this also helps to keep the icing very smooth. (sugarshack) . She shows this on youtube if you do not know this. hth
I always use my whisk when ever I do frosting, I like the light and fluffy texture of it.
This is another one of those personal preference types of things, I'm certain! Just like some people like mix/scratch, etc. One is not necessarily better than the other, it's all about how it turns out for YOU, and how it's easier for you to work with. Like I said, I like to whip mine til it's light and fluffy, some people don't have to whip it as long, or they prefer not to, it's all about what works for them. I don't have a lot of trouble with air bubbles, but someone else might make theirs the same way and end up with terrible air bubbles. There are so many variables. Just try it, and see what you like best!
Interesting. I use the paddle for traditional buttercream, whisk for SMBC, paddle for royal icing.
Great to see this thread - i whip mine with the paddle attachment but always end up with air bubbles in my buttercream swirls!! How do i stop this happening but still get light and fluffy buttercream??? What's the secret???
I think it all depends on your recipe. I have some BC recipes (crisco version) that I use paddle on, one I make with the wisk. I think what Melvira said is true, it depends on what works best for you!