What’s Great About a KitchenAid Stand Mixer? Everything!

The KitchenAid Stand Mixer is a must for every kitchen! Without it, no kitchen is complete. I should know, I recently bought one and now my kitchen is complete and my countertop looks so much better with my mixer sitting there. KitchenAid mixers are the best residential mixers out there because of their versatility, innovative design, and great attachment options.

Stand mixers have tilt heads for easy access to the bowl and beaters making your job a lot easier. Your recipe choices are endless when you use a KitchenAid mixer. You can make homemade pasta, cake icing, bread dough, whip up ice cream, and whip up cake batter in no time. Those aren’t the only things your mixer will let you do. Your possibilities are endless.

There are many attachments for your to allow you to broaden your range of recipe ideas and make mixing so much more fun and interesting. Some of the KitchenAid Stand Mixer attachments are wire whips, dough hooks, ravioli makers, meat grinders, flat beaters, and more.

  • The wire whip attachment is great for whipping up egg whites, whipped cream, and ensuring you’ll get a fluffy cake batter.
  • The dough hook attachment mixes and kneads yeast dough, which keeps you from having to hand-knead the dough.
  • The ravioli maker attachment makes perfect rows of ravioli for you. Just add meat, cheese or any other filling and it does the work for you.
  • The flat beater attachment is great for mixing up cake icing, cake mixes, and cookie dough. It is designed to move easily and effortlessly to perfectly mix your creations.

If you’re looking for a tasty and creative idea for using your, here’s a fun elephant cake with intricate icing designs sure to wow your friends and family.

Sliced Pound CakeIngredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • ½ lb softened butter
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Directions

In your KitchenAid Stand Mixer, combine sugar, softened butter and shortening. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla. Sift together cake flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the creamed mixture. Stir until thoroughly combined. Pour into 14 in cake pan. Bake pound cake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour until golden brown, or until when a toothpick is inserted it comes out clean.

Grab a Cupcake Ingredients

  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 tsp clear vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • 4 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar

Directions

In your KitchenAid Stand Mixer, blend cream shortening and butter. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all of the sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Rewhip buttercream icing before using.

Combine the Recipes to Complete Your Cake

When cake is completely cooled, ice the entire cake with icing, and spread until evenly distributed and smooth. For the elephant, this part relies on your artistic abilities. You can make the elephant look however you want. Here’s the way I did it: I drew an elephant on a piece of paper that would fit into the center of the cake. I cut it out, placed it on top of the cake and outlined it with an edible color marker.

Buttercream icing cake with elephant design

Then, I set out all of the colors of food coloring I wanted to use, and all of the pastry bags and tips I would be using. I separated the remaining icing into equal parts so I could mix in the coloring. One at a time I placed a portion of icing into the mixer and added a drop or two of the food coloring I was going to use. When that batch of colored icing was done I placed it into a pastry bag and completed all of the piping I wanted to do of that color. Next I put another batch of icing in the mixer, added food coloring and so on. I think you probably get the picture. I just worked with one color at a time to make sure I wasn’t getting jumbled with all of the different colors of icing. You’re elephant doesn’t have to look like mine. Maybe you prefer a different kind of elephant. Let your creativity flow and make your own personal elephant masterpiece.

Lyndsay Gower
Lyndsay Gower

A University of Tennessee graduate with a degree in advertising, she coordinates KaTom’s marketing efforts. When she’s not doing that, she can typically be found sharing a meal with friends, cruising Knoxville’s craft beer joints, or floating down one of East Tennessee’s numerous rivers. Her life’s goal is to visit every U.S. national park and she likes giving pets opposite-gender names.

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