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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

He Said/She Said: BeaterBlade+

BeaterBlade+
KA-TH

S: We are trying out the KA-TH BeaterBlade+ which is specifically designed for our KitchenAid stand mixer. I took it out of the packaging, gave it a good wash and connected it to our KitchenAid. It was a perfect fit so I didn't even have to adjust the height!
H: I really like the design of the blade, it just makes common sense to me.
S: Well, we tested it out and made chocolate cupcakes. Some were frosted with peppermint and some were frosted with lime buttercream.
H: I don't usually bake, but I do make frosting occasionally.
S: Rarely.
H: I am the fondant master...
S: Anyhow, we tried out a new chocolate recipe and put the BeaterBlade+ to the test!
H: During the mixing process, you can see that the BeaterBlade+ is mixing everything. The sides of the bowl are scraped (leaving a pattern) and you can see this difference. This saved us time from turning the mixer on and off to scrape the sides.
S: As for making frosting, the BeaterBlade+ is incredible! It creams the butter so well!!! I watched in amazement as the butter transformed smoothly. It takes less time to mix the frosting because of the blade. Everything gravitated towards the middle of the bowl, but the frosting did not clump onto the blade! Which saved me from scraping the blade as well! Our frosting turned out so smooth and fluffy with less air bubbles and was a cinch to scoop and fill the piping bag. I am definitely not going back to the old paddle.
H: I was wondering if the green colour dye for the lime buttercream would discolour the rubber blade.
S: Well, it didn't and the blade was really easy to wash between mixing. The BeaterBlade+ is also dishwasher safe.
H: The only thing was the squeak. This only happens if you're not mixing a lot and the upper part of the rubber blade is rubbing against the bowl and squeaks due to friction. However, that is not really a major issue considering what the blade can accomplish!
S: Mixing Accomplished indeed! We would definitely recommend this product to bakers, please visit their website for more information or to find out which model you need for your stand mixer. This would make a great gift for any baker too! Enjoy the photos we took while trying out the BeaterBlade+!
H: I give it 5/5 "look, no hands!"
S: I also give it 5 blades out of 5!

You can see that the sides are being scraped, mixing everything!

Chocolate cupcakes fresh from the oven!

Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe from Sky High: Irresistable Triple-Layer Cakes
(Makes about 3-4 dozen cupcakes)

2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups of sugar
3/4 cup of cocoa powder
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of sour cream
1 1/2 cups of water
2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 eggs
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C or 350F.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add the oil and sour cream and mix to blend. Gradually beat in the water. Blend in the vinegar and vanilla. Whisk in the eggs and beat until well blended.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester or wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Let the cupcakes cool in the pans for about 10 minutes. Take them out and let them cool completely. These cupcakes are very soft, so use extra care!
Look, you can see that the BeaterBlade+ scrapes the sides of the bowl! It is keeping all the buttercream near the centre of the bowl, making it easier to scoop and fill our piping bags.

Lime Buttercream
(Makes about 2 cups)

1 stick of butter
2 cups of confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
1/2 tablespoon of fresh lime zest
  1. Using a mixer, beat the butter until it is nice and fluffy.
  2. Add in the confectioner's sugar and vanilla, continue to mix till smooth.
  3. Wash the lime and using a zester, zest the whole lime.
  4. Mix the lime zest with the buttercream.
  5. Cut the lime in half and squeeze out the lime juice.
  6. Add the lime juice with the buttercream and mix well.
  7. If you want, tint the buttercream lime green!

Peppermint Buttercream
(Makes about 2 cups)

1 stick of butter
2 cups of confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon of pure peppermint/mint extract
1/8 cup of heavy cream
  1. Using a mixer, beat the butter until it is nice and fluffy.
  2. Add in the confectioner's sugar and heavy cream, continue to mix till smooth.
  3. Add the peppermint extract and mix until everything is incorporated.
  4. To do the striping technique, take a clean brush and dip it in the red dye. Simply draw or stripe a line from the bottom of your piping bag to about halfway.
  5. Fill the piping bag with your frosting. As you squeeze out the frosting, the colour will automatically create a stripe.
Ta-da! Our finished products! Deliciously moist chocolate cake frosted with peppermint buttercream or lime buttercream. We also tried the striping technique for the peppermint buttercream, wanted to make it look like candy canes! Decorated with sprinkles!

Many thanks to Julia and Cheryl from New Metro Design LLC for sending us the BeaterBlade+ to test! This review is also categorized on the Reviews section of our website. Check out their page of Testimonials!

2 comments:

  1. Ooohhh!!! I want one of these BeaterBlade+, and maybe one for my sister!! Thanks for the review.

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  2. CC: No problem! It was our pleasure to review it, it really is a great product and asset to the kitchen!

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