This post will discuss the difference between using a mixer and manually mixing your ingredients. It’ll be based on knowledge about ingredients, extracts, timing and more!
What is a mixer? A mixer is any kitchen tool used to combine liquids and powders together. They are typically used for cake mixes or batters but can also be used for pie crusts or brownies. The most popular mixers are stand mixers with the bowl that moves from side to side on the base or hand mixers where you do all of the work by hand.
What is manual mixing? Manual mixing is when you, the baker, mix all of your ingredients together by hand. This is most common when making a pie crust or cake from scratch.
There are two main questions that need answering when you ask yourself whether to use a mixer or manually mix your ingredients: 1) how long do I want to be standing in the kitchen and 2) how important are my ingredients? Let’s tackle these questions one by one.
What length of mixing time do I want to be standing in the kitchen?
When you’re whipping egg whites, you don’t have to worry about someone knocking on the door because your meringue is holding for you. However, if you are mixing your cake batter, it might not be perfect so it needs to be mixed longer. On top of that, if you are making a frosting and it’s an important recipe for work or for a family event, should you spend hours making the frosting? Or should you mix it by hand? Here’s when our easy guidelines come in:
If your ingredients and equipment are already prepared, manual mixing is the way to go. This is because it’ll be faster and you won’t have to waste time setting up your kitchen.
If the mixer is going to save you a lot of time, then use the mixer. It’s certainly nice to have a bowl that mixes itself but make sure your ingredients are ready and prepared.
If the mixing time isn’t going to take more than five minutes, manually mix your ingredients! You’d be surprised how quickly it goes by when you’re standing at the counter by yourself! On top of that, if you’re whipping egg whites add in a few drops of cream of tartar for extra volume without extra whipping time.
How important are my ingredients?
This is the most important question of all! The time you spend in the kitchen is ultimately going to be affected by your answers to these two questions. If the recipe involves a lot of ingredient prep, then it’s worth having them ready and prepped so that you can start mixing faster . If all of your ingredients are already ready and prepared, then manual mixing will get you where you need to go faster. Your bread dough requires more kneading than an angel food cake so you’ll want to spend longer in the kitchen for that recipe. For everything else, we recommend using a mixer.
Do you need to use mixer for cake?
This question pops up so often, we decided to create a quick guide. The bottom line is if you are having problems with mixing ingredients together or over-mixing the batter, go ahead and use one. Our best tip is to use a large bowl when using the mixer so that everything just flies around inside of the bowl rather than moving back and forth across the countertop. Mixed in this way, your ingredients will be mixed into a smooth batter quicker.
Do you need to use mixer for cookie?
This question is a bit trickier. There are generally two types of cookies: drop cookies and rolled out cookies. Drop cookies are the most common in your grocery store with the texture of a spoonful of dough plopped on top of the hot pan. They should be mixed together by hand to ensure that the texture and flavor is consistent with each cookie. Rolled or shaped cookies, on the other hand, are more like biscuits so they should be mixed together by machine so that it’s impossible to over-mix.
Do stand mixers make better cakes?
Yes, absolutely! The reason why is because it takes longer for the bowl to turn than it does for the rest of the ingredients to rise. This means that it’s going to be easier to use the mixer when making a cake and you won’t have any extra rising time in between each part of your recipe. If you are going to be following a recipe, then we recommend using a mixer over manual mixing.
Do stand mixers make better cookies?
No! We highly recommend against using a stand mixer for your cookie recipes because if you can manually mix them, you will get more consistent results every time. You’ll get the same texture and you’ll get them out of the oven at the same time!
What happens if you Undermix a cake?
If your cake batter is too dry, then it’ll be heavy and dense. If you overmix a cake, it’ll almost be its own self-destructing recipe. You’ll get a crack in your cake and the texture will be difficult to work with.
What happens if you Overmix a cake?
If you overmix a cake batter, it will separate from the butter and sugar. The end result will be an oily texture that doesn’t taste good because the butter didn’t have time to properly incorporate into the ingredients. This means that your cake won’t rise properly in the oven and it’ll collapse in the middle.
For this reason, always check your batter before adding the eggs. If you think it’s too thick, then add a tablespoon at a time to bring the component back to your desired consistency!
Can I mix cake batter with a fork?
No, do not mix cake batter with a fork. This is because it will take the air out of the batter which will result in a denser product and it won’t rise properly.
Can I make cheesecake with an electric mixer?
Yes and no. You can definitely use an electric mixer for your cheesecake recipe but there are definitely some parts that work better done by hand.
How long should I hand mix cake batter?
However, we do recommend hand mixing your cake batter together first. This is because it doesn’t rise as much as other ingredients so getting it mixed will be faster this way.
How long should I mix cookie dough?
To answer this question, you can simply read the directions in most recipes. However, if you’re looking for a general guideline, we recommend hand mixing the dough together for two minutes after combining the wet and dry ingredients. Let the dough chill in the fridge for ten minutes and then take it out to finish kneading to a smooth texture.
Can you hand mix instead of using a mixer?
This is a very common question that so many people are vocal about these days. The answer to this question is yes and no because when it comes to cookie dough, you shouldn’t use a mixer unless the recipe calls for one. If you try to use a mixer for any recipe, it could end up super misshapen or too dry.
If you’re making cookie dough anyway and don’t have the proper equipment or ingredients, then go ahead and make things easier on yourself by using your hands. Just make sure that the consistency of your dough is just right before transferring it into the pan. Make sure it’s not too dry and make sure it’s not too wet.
For cake batter, the answer is a little different. You should always use a stand mixer if you are following a recipe because the mixing time is faster than using your hands. The reason why is because you can mix the wet ingredients together much quicker than by hand and then gradually add in your flour. This means that you’ll have time to get other components ready while the batter is mixing itself!
So, we hope that this guide has given you a good understanding of when to use a mixer and when to manually mix. We wanted to share our top tips for bakers who are still trying to decide how best to combine their ingredients. Remember that you can always come back and ask us again if you need extra help. We love answering questions! If you have any comments, concerns or suggestions – please leave a message below.