I'm not a professional baker, but I've done one or two fondant-covered cakes a year for the past several years. Making one last weekend, I realized that my hands just can't manage kneading such large amounts anymore, especially mixing in color. Could my KitchenAid stand mixer do the job? Or are there other options that I'm not thinking of? It'll be sad to give up this aspect of decorating, but I know this will have been my last fondant-covered cake if I can't find other means. He's a pretty cute guy to go out on, though, isn't he? ;^)
Thanks in advance for any advice!
It could, but I don't know you, but my Kitchen Aid is like my child and I wouldn't like to force it. If you're putting the fondant in the mixer, just remember, use it only in lower speed as recomended in the instructions
I use my KA for mixing colour into fondant. It does it really well. I figured that once warmed up, the fondant had a similar consistency to dough. You must use the dough hook on speed 1. And kneed it first to warm it up a bit - if that doesn't defeat the object.
ADo you make your own fondant? I make my own MMF and if i need a big batch of a particular color, i add the gel color to the melted marshmallow before adding to the icing sugar. I use the hook attachment for my KA to make my MMF. Easy peasy :)
I do the same as Matty with no problems at all.
I put my KA bowl over a pot of boiling water to melt the marshmallows then I take it off and add everything else in (slowly with the PS). I use the dough hook on low and my KA seems fine. The motor doesn't sound stressed at all. The only thing I notice is that it bounces around a bit as the fondant comes together in a ball and bangs against the side of the bowl. Make sure it is locked!
I had double carpal tunnel surgery a few years ago so I'm not intersted in trying to do all that kneading!