Do you use a hand mixer or a spoon to beat your cake?

@sudalunts (5528)
United States
October 23, 2008 8:41am CST
I made a cake this morning, and when I took out the blender, I started wondering how many people still beat their mixure with a spoon as opposed to a blender. Sometimes, I am too lazy to take the mixer out and will beat the mixture with a spoon, but that can become very tiring. The cakes always come out beater when I use a mixer though. What about you , hand or blender?
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@bdugas (3585)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I always use my mixer, using the mixer puts air into the cakes that you bake and makes them raise higher. It is hard to get lumps out of mashed potatoes with a spoon or a fork, using the mixer makes things creamy. I remember granny using a tato masher that was like a big spoon with holes in the bottom and she would mash it up and down in the potatoes, I can't live with out my mixer.
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@sudalunts (5528)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I remember the potato masher, I actually have one
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@peavey (13762)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I usually use a whisk, or if it's not handy, a spoon. One thing I discovered is that if you mix the dry ingredients very well before adding the liquid, it only takes a few strokes to finish it. It always turns out well when I do that.
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@sudalunts (5528)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I have used a whisk before too. Thanks for responding
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@gr8esama (1255)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I always use a wooden spoon, or a fork, or some other hand powered mixer no matter what I'm cooking. I don't even own an electric mixing device. It doesn't bother me that it's tiring, though it was kind of exhausting at first. It just makes me feel good to not be using more electricity to do something that we've been able to do with a chunk of wood for ages. It also burns more calories than using an electric mixer, there's less mess afterward, and it helps me work a bit on my physical endurance, especially when what I'm making is very thick and there's lots of it.
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@sudalunts (5528)
• United States
24 Oct 08
Very good reasoning
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@lilybug (21185)
• United States
23 Oct 08
When I am making cakes and cookies I use my hand mixer. I do muffins by hand though because they turn out better if you only mix enough to just moisten the flour. Otherwise they get a little tougher the more you mix.
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@sudalunts (5528)
• United States
23 Oct 08
Thanks for the tip, I didn't know that about muffins.
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@jamesgrub (673)
• United States
23 Oct 08
when i am going to make a cake i always use an electric blender. not only because its easier but like you said its tiring and it always comes out better. plus when you beat it with the mixture you can be sure that your getting all the lumps and what not out of it. i would say you should always take the blender out it is way worth it. happy cake making :)
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@sudalunts (5528)
• United States
23 Oct 08
You are correct, taking the blender out is worth it. I have been using my mixer more when I make a cake, actually it is easier than the muscle power by doing it by hand
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• India
24 Oct 08
I get alittle lazy at times to take out the blender and all so use the spoon or my hand instead. However, it does turn out better with a blender.
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@lilcee (2705)
• United States
23 Oct 08
Hi sudalunts. I always use a mixer when I make my cake. My arm would get to tired if I tried to mix it by hand lol. I have an old stand mixer that I've had for several years but I hope to get a small hand mixer to use for little jobs so I don't have to drag the big stand mixer out whenever I want to mix something. Have a good lotting day.
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@adihindu (1922)
• India
23 Oct 08
When I make cake I genarally use my electrical blender. It saves the time .
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@ravinskye (8247)
• United States
23 Oct 08
I usually use my mixer. It just seems like things get mixed better using a mixer then doing it by hand. I don't know if things taste better but the batter looks smoother.
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@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
25 Oct 08
I have both a hand held electric mixer, and one of those ones that is on it's own stand. I almost always use the one on the stand for everything, including cake mixes. It's been years since I've done it by hand lol. I think the ingredients come out into a smoother and better blended batter when I use a mixer.
@sudalunts (5528)
• United States
25 Oct 08
You are correct, the batter is smoother
@fasttalker (2799)
• United States
24 Oct 08
Most of the time I use a mixer. I do stir a fresh apple cake or a blackberry cake by hand so the apples or blackberries will reamin a bit chunky in the cake. Seems like if you use a mixer it smashes them up a bit too much. I like chunks of apple in my apple cake.
@sudalunts (5528)
• United States
24 Oct 08
Yeah, the apple cake is reason enough to use your hand. Sounds good, I have never tried a blackberry cake, sounds interesting. Thanks for responding.
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@deebomb (15350)
• United States
25 Oct 08
My family doesn't eat cakes very well. But when I make one I drag the little mixer out. It is so much easier to use than the spoon. some time though I will use a wire wisk too. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
@srikool (936)
• India
25 Oct 08
i like to use spoon the most the time..if i am hungry i will like to sue my hands..but spoon is the best one..while infornt of others..or out of home..noneed to care take of our hand..before using our hands to eat..we have to wahs it..again after eating we have to wahs it..so these and bore.,..have a nice time with us