How to make butter cream icing with only a hand mixer.

by CJ's mom
(Pittsburgh, Pa )

Hi,
I am someone who really enjoys baking but with the limited space in my house I do not have room for an actual mixer (i only have a hand mixer...gasp LOL :-)) I am going to try to make a 3 tiered cake for my daughter's 2nd birthday and I really wanted to use butter cream icing. Is there anyway to do this with a hand mixer? I don't think that I have a "whisk" attachment for my hand held and I didn't know if it would work to use the hand held and mix it on high for the final step of the recipe when it calls to mix it for 10-12 min. Any suggestions?
Thanks so much :-)

From the editor:

Hi CJ's Mom,

Can you borrow a stand mixer from a friend for the day? Or go to a friends house to mix the buttercream? If none of those are options, it is possible to make buttercream with a hand mixer, just a little tiresome! I can save you a little time, however, with my favorite quick buttercream recipe:

3 sticks (12 ounces) butter, softened
about 1 pound powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk

1. beat the butter until it's really fluffy and lighter in color.

2. add about 1/2 the powdered sugar and mix, on low at first then faster as the sugar becomes incorporated. If the buttercream is too stiff for easy mixing, add a small amount of the milk now.

3. add the remaining powdered sugar and mix, then a little more milk, until you get a spreadable consistency - not too stiff and not too thin.

With this recipe, you can stop mixing as soon as everything is smooth and incorporated, which is great if you're using a hand mixer.

I hope this helps.

Regards,
Michelle (editor)

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buttercream with a hand mixer
by: C.J.'s mom

I'll have to remember this "quick" one next time :-). I went ahead and followed the instructions for the other buttercream recipe and just used my regular wisp and my hand mixer, I think that it turned out ok, it's kind of heavy though :-( (anything I can do about that?), I hope I'll be able to pipe it. Taste's GREAT though and isn't that all that really matters LOL! thank you so much for the advice! I start assembling tonight, we'll see how it goes :-)

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