If you make cakes on a regular basis, whether as a professional baker in a shop or an enthusiastic amateur at home, there will inevitably come a time when you want to upgrade your equipment to make expert cake mixing an easier task. Most people in the know will agree that a stand mixer is the best choice but with so many different makes and models from which to choose, how do you go about selecting the right one for your needs?
Having Your Cake and Eating It
If you take your time and evaluate all of the options carefully, you might be able to actually have your cake and eat it as far as mixers are concerned! There are a number of factors that you need to bear in mind when you are trying to identify the very best stand cake mixers on the market, the most important of which I have outlined below.
- Wattage – Before you get carried away on a tidal wave of enthusiasm, propelled by the slick sales technique of the in-store sales people as they demonstrate the plethora of accessories that come with the latest models, take a look at the specifications and see how many watts the motors on the machines in question are capable of producing. There is no point in buying something that looks really nice and comes with dozens of useful attachments if it simply doesn’t have the power to mix a nicethick Dundee cake mixture or similar.
- Variable Speed Settings – It is essential to invest in a model with a decent range of speed settings if you like to tackle a wide variety of cake recipes in your shop or home kitchen. A one-speed machine may be perfectly capable of dealing with many different cake mixtures but when you attempt something light and delicate with such a machine, it will probably knock the air out of the mix and make it difficult for the resulting cake to rise in the oven.
- Size – Make sure that the bowl is big enough for the cakes that you make on a regular basis. There is nothing worse than trying to make do with an undersized model when you are trying new recipes and have many other issues to deal with at the same time. Conversely, don’t buy something that is twice the size you need as you will end up making far more mess than is necessary. Pick the right tool for the job.
- Noise – Be sure to ask for an in-store demonstration if buying locally or search for video reviews if buying online. The last thing you want is a beautiful-looking and highly functional mixer that sounds more like an industrial drill when it is running.
If you bear the above factors in mind when you are shopping for a new stand mixer, you will increase your chances of picking the right one substantially. Just remember to take your time and don’t buy anything on impulse.