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How to Cream Butter and Sugar with A Kitchenaid Stand Mixer

How To Cream Butter & Sugar With A KitchenAid Stand Mixer?

Last Updated on March 22, 2024 by Lori Walker

When making a dessert, the first thing to do is mix together butter and sugar until it becomes a creamy mixture.

While this may seem like a simple operation, this cannot be easy to do by hand, so we’ll show you the easy steps on how to cream the butter and sugar with a KitchenAid stand mixer.

5 Easy Steps To Cream Butter & Sugar Using Kitchenaid Stand Mixer 

1. Prepare & Measure Ingredients

Ingredients on top of a table

The first step in creaming butter and sugar is to prepare your ingredients. Butter should be weighed into the KitchenAid mixing bowl. 

We advise using your KitchenAid’s paddle attachment. When using the whisk attachment, the butter will become trapped in the whisk and will not cream properly.

Also, stick with granulated sugar instead of powdered: it will give you a more consistent texture when mixed into the batter.

2. Soften Butter 

Mixer and a Butter

Next, soften the butter at 75 degrees to stabilize the air bubbles while mixing. By mixing air into the butter while adding sugar, creaming butter, and sugar helps to give baked goods structure. [1] 

Start with butter that is at room temperature. To make the butter whipped and creamy, beat it for 30 seconds at a low speed.

It is essential to soften the butter before mixing because it won’t blend well with the sugar if it’s hard and cold. Unevenly mixed butter and sugar may produce a grainy texture in the dough. [2] 

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3. Mix In Butter & Sugar in The Mixing Bowl

Mixing Butter and Sugar on a Bowl

It’s time to add the sugar after the butter has softened and mix them in the mixing bowl.

If you want a light, fluffy sponge, a specific variety of caster sugar is typically used in cakes. The best sponge results come from using ultrafine granules.                                        

Read: What Kind Of Ingredient Is Sugar?

4. Mix It In Low Medium Speed

Mixing Butter and Sugar on a Mixer

Add the sugar to the butter in the bowl after measuring it out. The ideal tool to utilize for creaming is the flat beater attachment. 

Set the mixer to medium speed for two to three minutes and let the butter and sugar cream together.

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5. Mix Until Fluffy & Pale

Cream on a Bowl

Add your softened butter and sugar with the mixer at low to medium speed. Cream together until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. 

If you use a stand mixer, this step will be much easier than using an electric hand mixer or other methods of mixing the ingredients by hand. 

Also Read: Is It Possible For Brown Sugar To Mold?

Why Does It Pay To Cream Butter & Sugar? 

It pays to cream butter & sugar because it gives a lighter texture to the cake. The batter is pumped when the butter and sugar are creamed together.

“Baking is about multi-tasking. If you are organized and prepared, that’s half the battle.”

– Johnny Luzzini, American Pastry Chef

As cakes and other homemade sweets bake, this air bubbles them up, giving them a softer and more enticing texture. 

Air is released by mixing room-temperature butter and sugar at high speed.

Tips & Tricks When Creaming Butter & Sugar 

  • Use a stand mixer to cream butter and sugar. The flat beater attachment is best for this job, but you can also use the whisk attachment if you don’t have one.
  • Use room-temperature butter. This will ensure that your mixture comes out smoothly and doesn’t break into chunks when you add it to the bowl of your stand mixer.
  • Add sugar gradually while mixing on low speed until pale and fluffy.
  • If necessary, add more liquid or milk until desired consistency has been reached.

Find out how long you need to use your KitchenAid mixer to knead bread dough here.

FAQs 

What does it mean to cream sugar and butter?

Creaming sugar and butter is essential in baking because it gives the cake a fluffier and lighter texture.

Why do you need to cream butter and sugar for cookies?

You need to cream butter and sugar for cookies if you want them to have a lighter texture. Creaming helps with evenly mixing the sugar into the batter.

What will happen if you over-cream butter and sugar? 

If you overmix butter and sugar, it will produce a soupy and grainy texture instead of fluffy and lighter. 

Should you cream butter using a stand mixer or hand mixer?

We advised using a stand mixer when creaming butter to get the ideal speed in mixing the butter and sugar for perfect results.

Find out if the KitchenAid mixer bowl is safe to put on a dishwasher here.

Which KitchenAid attachment should I use for creaming butter and sugar?

The KitchenAid attachment for creaming butter and sugar (until it’s fluffy and light) is the flat-beater attachment. 

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Why isn’t my butter and sugar creaming?

Your butter and sugar will not mix if your butter is not at room temperature. Cold butter will not beat into the sugar evenly.

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Key Takeaways 

The most important step in baking is to cream butter and sugar because it gives the perfect texture for cakes and cookies that we all love.

The easiest way to cream butter and sugar at a recommended speed to make it fluffy and light is by using a KitchenAid stand mixer.

References:

  1. https://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/icooks/8-26-02.html 
  2. https://www.bonappetit.com/story/room-temperature-butter-baking. 
Lori Walker

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