frosting method comparison

filed under: Decorating on August 20, 2014

I recently did the most fun experiment! I made a recipe for buttercream in four different KitchenAid® appliances and then determined which appliance worked and which didn’t. And why. And had to extensively taste test each frosting in each appliance.

Sometimes being a food blogger is kinda fun!

One most definitely did NOT work.

KitchenAid® Appliance Frosting Comparison!

And one (or three) worked amazingly well!

They all also had to endure the “pipe-ability” test.  Who do you think was victorious?

Head on over to KitchenAid®’s blog, The Kitchenthusiast, and see who the Triumphant Winner is!

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  • Librarian Lavender says:

    Those cupcakes are looking so cute!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Ashley Davidson says:

    Amanda — “comparison”! 🙂 #friendlyneighborhoodenglishmajor

    • Amanda says:

      Ugh!!! Thanks. I need help.

  • Janice says:

    Great post! My next question would be the comparisons between the flat beater and the whisk attachments for the Kitchenaid Stand Mixer. I always use the flat beater for buttercream frostings, but am wondering if I’m missing any benefits from using the whisk. 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Great idea Janice… will have to look into that!

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch says:

    That frosting makes me have some serious cravings! Your frosting is always so gorgeous!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks sweety!

  • tova fried says:

    Hi Amanda, I am a big fan of your blog and especially your tremendous creativity and talent! This post inspired me to write as I have a question regarding frosting a cake. I have to decorate a 2 layer 9×13 cake for my son’s birthday party and was wondering if you could please advise me as to how much frosting I would need to do that. I know how much I need for my standard cake but this cake is for a larger crowd. Also, any advice for very white frosting? Thank you!!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Tova- It just depends on the frosting method you are using and they type of frosting. You can use less with a whipped cream (spread so much easier) than you can with a american buttercream. A ganache will spread easy as well. My best advice is to make more than you think you need, then you will have extra leftover. 🙂

  • beverley says:

    Who would of thought that that is the winner? My friend swears by her food processor and I think I’m going to give it a go. I do love the smooth edges of the piped butter cream and I usually do add extra milk if I haven’t achieved it by using a standing mixer. How dreamy to also get to use all those kitchen appliances! xoxo

  • Faaiza.O says:

    These all look so delicious. Have never thought of trying buttercream in a food processor, will have to give it a try.

  • Becca from It's Yummi! says:

    LOVE LOVE! This will be an awesome help for me 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Yay! Thanks!

  • Katrina Bahl (In Katrina's Kitchen) says:

    Um hello that was the coolest post ever. You are so crazy awesome. And where was my invite for the buttercream tasting, hmmm? 😉

    • Amanda says:

      Girl, you have an open invite. 🙂

  • Charlotte Moore says:

    I would never have thought the processor would make good frosting. WOW!!! I don’t like to use a blender with anything that doesn’t pour out. Hate tiring to dig out stuff. I do have a 5 qt. Kitchen Aide and a portable one. I have 2 other mixers also. Ha!!!!

  • Cheri says:

    What a fun and informative experiment! Thank you for your sacrifice. 😉 I’m so surprised by the food processor. Who knew!?

  • Georgia says:

    I have that very KitchenAid hand mixer and love it. I read recipes and blogs that all use a stand mixer. So I bought one. I don’t know that it does that much difference – other than you can set it to spin and walk off! I bake something about once or twice a month.

    I’m glad to see your experiment. To me, it shows a good quality hand mixer can work (for the average baker) just as well. Stand mixers are very expensive. So, use that money to buy a good hand mixer and spend the rest buying the ingredients (are groceries ever going down??)!!

    • Amanda says:

      Ha ha! Good point Georgia!

  • Laurie says:

    I love my Kitchen Aid mixer! I have the “Custom” one with a 5 qt bowl. I use it of bread all the time. I have owned it since 1999 and have really put it to the test over the years. I can’t tell you how many batches of frosting I have made. It’s a lot though!
    I knew a blender wouldn’t make frosting, but never thought about a food processor. I only have a smaller (holds 2-3cups) one so I doubt I will ever try it. Neat idea though.
    I would love to have fun in the kitchen like that. It would be great to get a group of friends together to brain storm things to try and then do them. 😉

    ps. When I got my mixer it came with a free bowl and 1 free attachment. I chose the meat grinder, thinking I would make my own Korv sausage. I still haven’t made sausage or ground any meat, but someday I hope to. lol!

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    What a fun concept! I am off to check it out, can’t image how *hard* it must have been to taste test buttercream!! Color this girl JEALOUS! lol

  • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says:

    What an awesome test! I don’t know what I did before I had my stand mixer.

  • Shawn @ I Wash You Dry says:

    Never mind what machine you used.. I just want to lick all that frosting off the tops of those cupcakes. Gorgeousness! But seriously, that’s an awesome experiment and I’m so glad I have my trusty KitchenAid Stand Mixer!!

  • Stacie says:

    When I first decided I wanted to give cake decorating a go, I used my food processor because it was all I had at the time. When reading up on icing recipes, I learnt that too much air was evil, and a stand mixer was a must. Not quite understand the whole “air” thing (I was such a newbie LOL), I rushed out, got a stand mixer, and put away the processor. I may have to dig it back out and try it again. Thanks Amanda!!

  • Linda Lee says:

    Food processor frosting!!! Have you tried a larger amount yet– using perhaps 6-7 cups of icing sugar? I would love to make it this way if possible. Thanks for ALL you do. Love your book, by the way.