Last Monday, I made my last batch of royal icing for class. It must be beat using a mixer for 7-10 minutes. This was my second batch of the day and boom, sparks flew and a weird smell came out of my mixer. Oh no, not again! Yes, I have burned up yet another hand mixer. Confession time: This is my fifth mixer that I have burned up. I must bake too much or make heavy duty items that don't go well with a hand mixer. After the demise of #5, I knew it was time to shell out the big bucks and get a Kitchenaid stand mixer.
Sam's Club had the best deal for a brand new one, but I really couldn't convince myself or my husband that over $300 was a good expenditure right now. I searched Craigslist and found some good options. Then I put out a plea on my personal Facebook for anyone who might was to sell their Kitchenaid. I got so lucky, that a girl from our church didn't like it as it took up too much space and wanted to sell it to me. Yippee, I was ecstatic! I was like a child on Christmas Day (frankly, I still am)!
For $100 (much more manageable), I got a 6 cup Professional KitchenAid Standmixer. That is even better than the one at Sam's Club! I just picked it up today and I have been giddy all week. My husband snarkly asked me, "You are THIS excited over a mixer?" Men just don't understand. It is the little things (or in this case 32 pounds of beautiful baking magic) that matter.
I love my new toy so much that I hugged it!
I'm so excited to use it, that I might even forego a nap to bake something!
My new mixer couldn't come at a better time. I have my last cake class of this session on Monday. I have to make a cake and two batches of frosting. I will be busy making cakes this weekend.
I am taking the Wilton Flowers and Cake Design class at Michaels. I have loved to learn new types of flowers. Some have been easier than others. Below are pictures of some of the flowers I have made this course.
Button Flowers and Pansies
A very blurry (sorry) lily
A blurry (sorry again) rose
Apple blossoms and violets
My entire flower stash for my cake on Monday.
I can't wait to show you my finished cake that I make on Monday. I start my third class after Labor Day. I'll have even more fun cake decorations to share with you then!
Off to use my new toy!