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DLX/Assistent/Verona for cakes

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plevee

DLX/Assistent/Verona for cakes

Does anyone use the steel bowl and roller for making cakes? If so, could they share information about the minimum amounts of butter, speeds and times for creaming, adding flour etc? Do you think it works as well as a conventional mixer?

Patsy

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Doc.Dough

Cream with the roller at the highest speed you can without splattering and stop when it looks right.

Make sure the butter is soft when you start since it doesn't handle cold chunks well (of course neither does any "conventional" mixer)

Add flour and incorporate at low speed until fully wetted, then raise the speed and mix until smooth.

Yes, I think it works as well as a conventional mixer, but you have to use it appropriately, which may not be exactly the same way you would with a different device.  But a Braun and KitchenAid aren't the same either - and of course your mileage may vary.

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plevee

Thanks. Can it handle quantities as small as 4oz butter? And does the granulation of the sugar damage the finish of the roller?

I've  somehow ended with 3 mixers, the KA, DLX and a baby Bosch. I make 3 25oz loaves every weekend & almost always hand knead. I use the KA only for cakes since it seems to do a better job of creaming tham the Bosch. Ideally, I'd like to manage with one mixer.

Patsy

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Grampa Knuckles

I use nothing but the Assistent mixer for everything.  Bread, rolls, cakes, cookies, blending ground meat, crumbs and spices into meatballs and yes as a Canadian who has already celebrated Thanksgiving one of my latest adventures was mixing my stuffing from wetting the dry bread to spooning into the Turkey for our Thanksgiving dinner withouth getting my fingers sticky.  It worked fantastic and made enough stuffing for 20 folks. So....unless less than 4 cups of total batter I almost always use the Roller and Scraper.  Exception whipping cream or egg whites where I use the smaller bowl that comes basic with the Assistent.   I do not own a different mixer hand or stand mixer and havent for a few years.