Buttercream is a staple for making cakes and cupcakes. It’s a favorite frosting flavor for most everyone, and while the ingredients list is fairly small, sometimes it’s easy to botch up. My recipe will have you frosting cakes, cupcakes, and your face in no time 🙂
Another kitchen staple? Mixers! I could not do my job without one. While that sounds very modern-pretentious of me, I mean it — mixers make a baker and a cook’s job SO much easier. If you’re skeptical, let me break down some points for you for Team Mixer:
*Mixers offer more consistency, so anything you’re beating, folding, whipping or combining will be done so in a consistent fashion
*They’re a time saver! Think of all that time you’re shaving off by letting a high-speed motor do that whipping for you!
*They’re versatile! From making cakes to cookie dough to even shredding chicken, mixers are heavy-duty wearers of many hats
*And Hamilton Beach’s versions? They’re AWESOME.
Hamilton Beach gave me the opportunity to test drive their latest mixers: their 6-Speed Hand Mixer with a convenient carrying case AND their 6-Speed Stand Mixer.
I was so giddy to try both because one, I love Hamilton Beach and their products, and two, I knew I was the ideal candidate for beating up some mixers — I use them daily!
First up: their 6-Speed Hand Mixer. It’s my new favorite tool! Most people have the misconception that once you own a stand mixer, hand mixers are irrelevant. Not the case! Sometimes I’m too lazy to use the big stand mixer, so the hand comes in, well, handy. I use it primarily to whip up cake batters since it’s convenient, portable and gets the job done quickly. Also, I only have to wash the beaters (or lick them) so clean up is easier.
Their hand mixer isn’t just sleek and streamlined, it’s powerful, too! I could really feel the power when beating my cake mix batter. Plus, the beaters have their Soft Scrape technology, which means it combines the batter consistently (yay!) so there is no powder residue leftover at the bottom of the bowl (bigger yay!). It also comes with a set of whisk beaters and traditional stainless steel beaters as well, and a carrying case to house all your new attachments. Fancy!
My verdict? I love this hand mixer. As I said, it whipped my cake batter to smooth perfection with no lumps or powdery residue in sight. Plus, I could feel the power the mixer offered and loved the softness of the Soft Scrape technology. It eliminated my need for a spatula which was awesome!
Now, when it comes to buttercream, I’m all about the stand mixer. You will not see me whipping powdered sugar around with a hand mixer — it’s just not happening. I figured their 6-Speed Stand Mixer could get the job done, and I was right!
With a powerful 300-watt motor and six speeds with a special fold setting (attention, bread-makers!), this mixer is comparable to Kitchen-Aid but a fraction of the price. It includes the same features, like a stainless steel bowl and the same whisk, paddle and dough hook attachments as well. One of my favorite features of this mixer? The non-slip feet! Even on the highest setting, the non-slip feet keeps that mixer grounded, so there’s no weird rocking or thrashing about. I also like how the mixing heads spin as they rotate within the bowl, ensuring consistency in beating.
My personal least-favorite aspect of the stand mixer was the lock feature. While some may enjoy this, I found it to be a hassle, albeit a minor one. To lift the mixing head, you have to press a ‘LOCK’ button on the side to unlock the head and lift it up. Then you have to press it again to bring it back into the normal setting. While this may be helpful for novice bakers (and it obviously serves a purpose in case the head falls down when it’s supposed to be upright), I found it kind of annoying. Still, it was a minor problem and it didn’t affect the integrity of the buttercream or the mixer.
My verdict? When it comes to the stand mixer, this is a great (necessary!) piece of equipment for any baker. I feel like this is a good first stand mixer for people just getting into cooking and baking since it has all of the basic mixing features as a KitchenAid but for a fraction of the price. It’s also great for people with limited space since it’s sleeker and more compact.
And of course, I loved both because they helped me produce some delicious vanilla cupcakes with a perfect vanilla buttercream!!
To enter the giveaway, simply leave one comment answering this question: What will you make FIRST with your new mixers?!
I’ll select a winner at random on Saturday, May 3 and email them! 🙂
Now, onto this buttercream… it is phenomenal! Creamy, light, luscious, and bursting with rich vanilla flavor. Ideally, they’ll end up on a cake or cupcakes, but I won’t judge you if they don’t make it past the mixing bowl!
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract (can substitute vanilla bean paste for a stronger vanilla flavor)
- 2 Tbsp heavy cream or milk
- 4-5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla, and heavy cream until combined.
- Gradually begin adding the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy but is still stiff enough to pipe onto cupcakes. You may add more powdered sugar if the frosting is too thin, or more heavy cream (about a teaspoon at a time) if the frosting is too thick and pasty.
- Pipe the frosting high onto cooled cupcakes, or frost onto a cake.
Isn’t it gorgeous? So perfect, so heavenly! If you’re a buttercream nerd, you’ll fall for this creamy, dreamy frosting! Sprinkles are mandatory 🙂
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Good luck, and have a fantastically delicious weekend!
In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with both the Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer and Hand Mixer for free to review. All opinions are 100% my own and I was not otherwise compensated for this post. The giveaway is sponsored by The Domestic Rebel and Hamilton Beach. If a winner doesn’t respond to their winning email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.