I’ve wanted a KitchenAid stand mixer for a long time. Like, a really long time. But I could never *quite* justify the purchase… I talked myself out of buying one quite a few times — “it’s too big,” “it’s expensive,” and even, “Oh, I can just use my hand mixer…”
But finally, my good ol’ Betty Crocker hand mixer bit the bullet (only one beater spins, now, and it makes an odd sound). The Bay was having a great sale on the Artisan mixer the other day, and I *almost* bought one, except they didn’t have the colour I liked in stock. I also learned from a good friend and fellow cupcake baker, Lindsey, that the KitchenAid Artisan model actually has plastic gears, so it isn’t as sturdy, shall we say, if you want to make doughs.
After a bit more research, I also discovered that the Professional model has a more heavy-duty engine. Also, Costco sells a model for $380. Sold.
Welcome to the family:
The first project I tested it out on was frosting for these delectable Earl Grey cupcakes I made…
I changed the icing recipe a bit, adding in a citrus twist with some lemon zest (to enhance the bergamot flavour of the Earl Grey tea)… And I put the new mixer to work!
As you can see, I still managed to get icing sugar all over the place (I have a real knack for making a mess in the kitchen). But it was a hell of a lot easier on my poor arms!!
I finished them up just in time for dinner (perfect timing).