Most people who do a lot of baking say they cannot imagine doing so without their stand mixer like the KitchenAid. Like most things in life, baking goes much better when you have the right tools to use. This is why KitchenAid Stand Mixer comes with a wide variety of attachments for a range of different baked goods.
To learn more about the right KitchenAid attachments to use will depend on what you are attempting to bake. Keep reading below to discover the best KitchenAid attachments to use for cookies and cake mix.
Typically, when it comes to making cookies and cake, mixing the batter by hand can seem like a daunting task. Using the KitchenAid Stand Mixer can be a lifesaver for your arms and shoulders, and with the right attachment, it can mix any batter beautifully.
The Flat Beater is one of the most common attachments to use, especially when you are mixing cookie batter and a cake mix. It has the versatility to use for the thick batter of cookies, but also the gentleness to be perfect for a cake mix.
Using the Flat Beater attachment for mixing cookie dough can be a lifesaver for your arms since the batter starts creamy then gets thicker as ingredients are added. Additionally, the flat beater is tough enough to take the thick batter and smooth it out to create the perfect cookie dough.
The flat beater is also a great attachment for cake mixes, which are usually a much thinner batter. The beater can gently mix the ingredients at a slow speed which keeps you from overmixing the batter.
Flex Edge Beater
Most people who spend any time baking know that when mixing any type of batter, much of it can gather on the edges of the bowl. This, in turn, requires you, in most cases, to pull out the handy scraper to remove it. With the KitchenAid Stand Mixer, you can add other attachments that make this unnecessary.
The Flex Edge Beater is much like the flat beater, except it has a silicone edge on its sides that is flexible enough to take care of the batter on the bowl. Because of this, it is recommended that if you plan to bake a lot of cookies and cake, the Flex Edge Beater may be the attachment to invest in.
While this beater does not come standard with the KitchenAid Stand Mixer, it is a must-have for anyone who plans to bake a lot. Having the right tools to do the things you enjoy doing makes it much easier and more pleasant.
When making cookies, the batter is mostly thick and somewhat sticky. The flex edge beater is tough enough with its silicone edge to remove the sticky dough away from the sides so that you can continue to mix it thoroughly.
Similar to cookies, although cake mix is typically thinner, there are times that some of the flour and wet ingredients stick to the side. With the flex edge beater, this problem becomes only a minor one that the attachment can take care of quickly.
In some cases, there may be a cookie recipe that you are making that ends up with a thicker batter than you realize. Because of this, you may need a different attachment for your KitchenAid Stand Mixer to tackle the problem.
If your cookie dough is thicker than you expected, then you might need to take out your Dough Hook to work through it. This attachment, while mostly for kneading bread, can be used to tackle thicker cookie dough as well.
The Dough Hook usually comes standard in the box when you purchase your KitchenAid Stand Mixer. There are times, though, that you may want to purchase a different type of dough hook for other purposes.
While this attachment would not work for a cake mix since they are typically much thinner, they are fantastic for mixing thick cookie dough. In most cases, you may not need to use this attachment for your cookie dough batter, but it is a great attachment to have around, just in case.
There is nothing worse than mixing a batter of cookies or cake and having the flour or other ingredients splash out of the bowl. This can cause undue waste and leave your mix with slightly less of the needed ingredients.
While a Pour Shield does not come in the box of your KitchenAid Stand Mixer, it is a tool that is a great investment. This is because, when attached correctly, you can keep your ingredients in the bowl where they are needed as you mix.
Since cake batter is so thin, it is likely that when you are mixing that some of the ingredients splash out. Using a pouring shield can be a lifesaver and keep you from not only losing some of your ingredients but also keeps you from making a mess.
To sum up, using the right attachments for your KitchenAid Stand Mixer can make all the difference when it comes to mixing a cookie or cake mix. While the batters are much different in texture and thickness, the above attachments will make your cookies and cake come out perfectly.