Decisions Decisions

Posted on September 24, 2010

I made some cakes today so that Nell and Evie could decorate them as a little extra treat for their 3rd Birthday. Decorating cakes is a very serious business indeed and Nell concentrated on getting it just right.

Meanwhile Evie was more inclined to eat the icing. I can’t blame her. I had a few spoonfuls too.

Such is the draw of a Philly cream cheese buttercream.

The twins took their cakes home and left me to lick the bowl and ponder an important kitchen purchase.

I am having cake issues at the moment. Perhaps some of you can point me in a new direction.

I was really quite happy using my cheap Kenwood hand mixer (the sort with two mixy things) to make basic cakes with. I used it a lot to make icing or to whip egg whites too, that sort of thing.

A year or two ago I blew one up, by working its little motor too hard. Then last month I blew a 2nd one up, making that hefty pear and almond cake.

Since then I have used our Magimix that we invested in several years ago, but unless I am doing something wrong it just doesn’t seem to ‘do’ cakes very well. The blade kind of slices the mixture and doesn’t put any air into it. Plus most of whatever I am blending stays stuck to the side of the jug

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great for ‘cooking’ uses but I am not sure that it’s the ideal ‘baking’ tool.

So I am in a quandary. Should I buy another little electric whisk? (they are only about £12 from the supermarket) Should I go a bit upmarket and get a more powerful version like a Dualit or the newer Kenwood Retro ones? Or shall I go all out and wait for my 40th (only a few months away) and ask for a KitchenAid? Oh, I suppose that there is also the ‘everyones Mum had one’ option: the Kenwood Chef.

I know a lot of you out there adore your KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixers, and they do look gorgeous, but they seem so expensive for something that looks like it only does one job.

If you can offer me some advice, drop me a line in the comments to help me make my big baking decision of the decade.

Happy Birthday Evie and Nell.

Life is much simpler when you just have to decide between a Peppa Pig or a Hello Kitty hair clip.


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Post 2 Comparing

Post 3 Kenwood Review

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