How to use an electric mixer to cream butter & sugar

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How to use an electric mixer to cream butter & sugar
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Creaming butter and sugar is the process of mixing butter and sugar into a single substance. This terminology is used frequently in baking recipes. Creamed butter and sugar creates tiny air pockets in your cooking dough. These air pockets expand during the cooking process, causing your baked goods to rise. It is, therefore, important to cream butter and sugar when called for in a cooking recipe and not simply use the separate ingredients independently.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Electric mixer
  • Knife
  • Mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Butter
  • Sugar

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  1. 1

    Soften the butter. The easiest way to soften butter is to leave the butter out at room temperature for a minimum of two to three hours.

  2. 2

    Poke the butter with your finger. If your finger easily leaves an indentation in the butter, your butter is sufficiently softened.

  3. 3

    Cut the butter into one-inch cubes using the knife.

  4. 4

    Place the cubes of butter in the mixing bowl.

  5. 5

    Turn the electric mixer on and set the speed of the mixer to the lowest possible setting.

  6. 6

    Mix the cubes of butter using the electric mixer. After the cubes break up, set the speed on the mixer to medium. Continue to mix for approximately 1.5 minutes.

  7. 7

    Add the sugar slowly and evenly.

  8. 8

    Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl using the rubber spatula.

  9. 9

    Continue mixing for approximately seven to eight minutes until the beaters start to create ridges in the butter sugar mixture. Once you see the ridges, you are done and you have successfully creamed butter and sugar.

Tips and warnings

  • If the butter gets stuck in the mixer's beaters, stop the mixer and use the rubber spatula to remove the butter from the beaters.

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