Converting Your Recipe
for the Mixer
The mixing instructions for recipes in
this book can guide you in converting
your own favorite recipes for
preparation with your KitchenAid
Stand Mixer. Look for recipes similar
to yours and then adapt your recipes
to use the procedures in the similar
For example, the “quick mix” method
(sometimes referred to as the “dump”
method) is ideal for simple cakes,
such as the Quick Yellow Cake and
Easy White Cake included in this
book. This method calls for combining
dry ingredients with most or all liquid
ingredients in one step.
More elaborate cakes, such as
tortes, should be prepared using the
traditional cake mixing method. With
this method, sugar and the shortening,
butter, or margarine are thoroughly
mixed (creamed) before other
ingredients are added.
For all cakes, mixing times may change
because your KitchenAid
works more quickly than other mixers.
In general, mixing a cake with the
Stand Mixer will take about
half the time called for in most traditional
and non-packaged cake recipes.
To help determine the ideal mixing time,
observe the batter or dough and mix
only until it has the desired appearance
described in your recipe, such as
“smooth and creamy.”
To select the best mixing speeds, use
the Speed Control Guide on page 15.
Always add ingredients as close to side
of bowl as possible, not directly into the
moving beater. The Pouring Shield can
be used to simplify adding ingredients.
NOTE: If ingredients in very bottom of
bowl are not thoroughly mixed, then the
beater is not far enough into the bowl.
See “Beater to Bowl Clearance” on
When preparing packaged cake
mixes, use Speed 2 for low speed,
Speed 4 for medium speed, and
Speed 6 for high speed. For best
results, mix for the time stated on the
Adding Nuts, Raisins, or
Follow individual recipes for guidelines
on including these ingredients. In
general, solid materials should be
folded in the last few seconds of mixing
on Stir Speed. The batter should be
thick enough to prevent the fruit or nuts
from sinking to the bottom of the pan
during baking. Sticky fruits should be
dusted with ﬂ our for better distribution in
Mixtures containing large amounts
of liquid ingredients should be mixed
at lower speeds to avoid splashing.
Increase mixer speed only after the
mixture has thickened.
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