Kitchenaid Attachment Guide

March 12, 2015

I mentioned the other day that I am a self taught baker. That means, I did not go to culinary school or undergo any sort of formal training - it was just me in the kitchen trying to figure it out as I went. Overall, it has worked out pretty well - but there were definitely a few things that took me a little longer to learn than others. One in particular was how and when to use the kitchenaid attachments. For the longest time I only used the whisk attachment. I know I should have figured out that the machine comes with different attachments for a reason, but for some reason, I thought the whisk was kind of universal.

It wasn't until I started working in a cake shop that I learned there are different uses for the different attachments. Each one has their own specialty. My mind was blown. But, when I started working there, I obviously pretended like I knew this the whole time. One of my first conversations went something like this...

"Hey Lindsay, can you use this recipe and make the vanilla cake?"

"Sure." I headed over to the mixer to set up. "Umm...where is the whisk attachment?"

"Why do you need the whisk attachment? You are making a cake. The flat beater is already on the mixer."

"Oh yeah. Of course. The flat beater. You always use the flat beater for cakes. I don't know what I was thinking!"

Lies. Lies. And more lies. But whatever - you live and you learn - and that day I definitely learned (I never made that mistake again). We used the flat beater for all of our cakes and the whisk for all for our buttercreams. Once I started figuring out what the different attachments were supposed to be used for, I started seeing the difference in my final product. It is amazing to see what happens when you actually use the equipment the way it was intended to be used!

Anyway, I put together a quick guide to help you guys understand these attachments. It's nothing too crazy, just a little something to explain what each attachment does and when you should use them. Trust me, it will make you a better baker - or at least keep you from having to lie to your boss on the first day of work.

Comments (2)


04/08/15 03:29 PM

Hate to do it to ya but...there's another one to add to your list. It's the paddle attachment. It looks like the flat but it has rubber attached to one end. It's for stickier cakes or even frostings that you really need to blend and scape the bowl better. I have a tendency to use this one cuz well I'm lazy. ;)

Lindsay Nathanson

04/08/15 11:01 PM

You are right, there is another attachment. The paddle attachment is great because you don't have to scrape down the sides of the bowl when incorporating new ingredients. But if you don't have the paddle attachment, the flat beater works just fine! It is just a little extra work.

Becky C

03/17/15 10:46 PM

This is the best thing ever!! I've been in the same shoes you were, until this moment. I almost always use the whisk attachment...mostly for all the items listed under "flat beater" - Ooops! Thanks for the guide! Maybe I'll actually learn to bake now!

Lindsay Nathanson

03/27/15 06:12 AM

Do it!

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