Kids in the Kitchen – the mixer test

This post is sponsored by Sunbeam Planetary Mixmaster

I remember as a child I loved visiting my Nan and cooking with her.  It was such a lovely way to spend time together and I believe it’s what helped to create our bond that I will forever cherish.  Since my kids were tiny tots they always helped me in the kitchen with simple tasks as spooning the flour into the bowl, mixing and helping to prepare fruit platters.  Now the twins are older (they are 11 and a half) and becoming independent they are making dinner, muffins, cookies and cakes all by themselves each of them have their own signature dish. Miss 11 has a chocolate cake, which I will share with you below.

I’m a creature of habit and once I find something I like, I stick to it, so you can imagine my surprise when I was sent the Sunbeam Planetary Mixmaster™… and I actually really liked it!

{The Organised Housewife} Sunbeam MixMaster 14

About the Sunbeam Planetary MixMaster™

When trying to find the right mixer for your home Sunbeam mention there are 7 measures of mixing – 7 tests every good mixer should be able to achieve.  Below Miss 11 puts the mixer to the test!

  1. The Mixing Test
  2. The Whisking Test
  3. The Creaming Test
  4. The Kneading Test
  5. The Cookie Dough Test
  6. Stability and Heavy Loads Test
  7. The Ease of Use Test

Firstly we found the mixer to be light enough to be lifted easily but heavy enough that when in use the mixer itself is stable and doesn’t move.

{The Organised Housewife} Sunbeam MixMaster 1

One of the reasons why I love the kids in the kitchen as it’s not only improving their cooking skills it’s helping them with math.  Reading the recipe and getting the correct weight measurements on the scales and learning their fractions with the cup measurements.

{The Organised Housewife} Sunbeam MixMaster 2

It comes with many different attachments – alloy beater, Scrapemaster™ spatula beater, whisk and dough hook.  The Scrapemaster™ spatula beater helps to cream butter and sugar, typically the base of most baking. No need to poke in your spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl as the beater does it for you, making a beautifully even creamy butter mixture. I’ve always been concerned the kids will get the spatula caught in the beater (when the machine is on) and can just imagine the trouble that would cause.

{The Organised Housewife} Sunbeam MixMaster 3

There are 12 speed settings all controlled using the dial, the speed is also displayed in the LCD screen along with the timer.

{The Organised Housewife} Sunbeam MixMaster 5

Miss 11 is watching as her cake batter is mixing together, the splashguard will prevent any mess onto your bench top (we’ve had a flour splatter many a times). The batter turned out beautifully smooth.

{The Organised Housewife} Sunbeam MixMaster 6

The bowl is super light, I’ve got arthritis in my thumbs so holding a bowl up while spooning the batter out is tolerable.  The bowl is stainless steel so if it accidentally falls on the ground it won’t break… childproof!!

{The Organised Housewife} Sunbeam MixMaster 7

I’m teaching the kids to always use mitts no matter if the dish is cold as the oven is always hot.

{The Organised Housewife} Sunbeam MixMaster 8

Licking the batter is the best bit!

{The Organised Housewife} Sunbeam MixMaster 9

Miss 11’s chocolate cake is rich and always served nicely with a dollop of freshly whipped cream.  Cream is so easy to curdle, what I like is that the timer can be used during the whipping process to help prevent over mixing.  The pause button can be pressed while the time is on so we can lift up the whisk attachment from the bowl to see if peaks are starting to form.

{The Organised Housewife} Sunbeam MixMaster 10

Today Miss 11 made a chocolate cake, but there are endless possibilities of what can be mixed in the MixMaster™… not just for cakes and biscuits but using the dough hook you can make pizza bases, breads and scrolls and using the whisk attachment you can prepare a delicious chocolate mouse or pavlova.

My Miss Tween’s Chocolate Cake

{The Organised Housewife} Sunbeam MixMaster 11

{The Organised Housewife} Sunbeam MixMaster 12

Chocolate Cake

  • 185g butter
  • 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cups SR flour
  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup water

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C fan forced
  2. Grease a round cake pan
  3. Place butter and sugar in electric mixer.  Mix on medium speed until smooth and creamy
  4. Add eggs and mix on medium speed until combined
  5. Sift in flours and cocoa along with water.  Mix on low speed for 10 seconds, then increase speed to medium high and beat for 2 minutes.
  6. Bake in oven for 55-60 minutes or until golden and  and cooked through.
  7. Sit in pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto wire rack to cool completely before icing.

Conclusion

I’m actually converted.  My Kitchenaid is pretty on the the bench, but there are so many benefits of the MixMaster™ for our family right now.  With the kids learning to cook I like that the speed dials are easy to use, splatter guard will prevent mess and the bowl will not break.  My arthritis in my thumbs has become very painful, so much so that picking up the kettle to pour my coffee has become difficult at times, I really like how lightweight the bowl is for when I need to lift it to scrape out the batter and when I will clean it. I will often use the timer setting on the mixer because I am really impatient and this means I can walk away while something is beating.  And… as the machine is light I can keep it in the cupboard if I want to keep the bench clutter free. Not sure if I will yet, as the stainless steel matches well with the other appliances in my kitchen so from a decorative standpoint it won’t be out of place.

I also have a Thermomix, however a Thermomix and Mixer are two machines with very different features. I use the Thermomix to chop, puree, steam, cook etc.  However, I will always have a mixer in my kitchen as I prefer to use it for all my baking, I find it so much faster to whip a batch of muffins, cakesbiscuits etc, plus the bonus is it’s a lot easier to clean.  So I will always have a mixer in my kitchen!

{The Organised Housewife} Sunbeam MixMaster 4

Read more details about the Sunbeam Planetary MixMaster™ on their website and follow along on Sunbeam’s facebook.

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22 comments

Kylie Dale Lawrence July 17, 2014 - 4:32 AM

Thanks for the review! I’ve been thinking of upgrading my Sunbeam and this looks like a goer. I just have a couple of questions ( I know I could look them up on the website but I prefer a ‘user’ answer)… what capacity is the bowl and can you put stainless steel in the microwave? Thanks again 🙂

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Wendy July 17, 2014 - 7:19 AM

I have been trying to determine what is the best mixer to buy my daughter as a wedding gift, they all seem the same. Thanks kat for you genuine honesty.

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Katrina July 22, 2014 - 7:41 PM

Glad I could help, I’m in the same dilemma trying to work out what the best food dehydrator is.

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Karina Jmz Arzamendi July 17, 2014 - 12:20 PM

Awesome!… You make me feel fancy for cooking today

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Irene July 18, 2014 - 8:34 AM

Ooh Kat, I feel your pain, I have arthritis too and find doing many things with my fingers very hard. I can’t iron and cooking has become non existant lately because it’s so painful. I’m really happy to hear about this mixer and how you recommend it’s good for your arthritis hands. I miss cooking so I’m going to get one of these and find recipes that I can use in it. Thank you.

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Katrina July 22, 2014 - 7:43 PM

Irene, I’m so sorry your fingers are playing up on you too. Yes the bowl is so light and the stand itself is easy to pick up but stays very stable on the bench, it will be great for you!

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Mandy Jane July 18, 2014 - 8:35 AM

My grandma had one of these and she raved about it all the time. Thanks for the review Kat, I love prettyness of the other one too but practicality is what I need these days with my tribe of 4.

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Katrina July 22, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Mandy they do have a red and black version too. I have the stainless steel which matches all the large appliances in the kitchen. I’m am truly loving this machine, have used the timer a few times as I just can’t stand still and wait for things to mix, I usually walk away and do things.

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Lucy McLane July 18, 2014 - 8:36 AM

Great write up Kat, your daughter is growing up so quickly, can I ask where did you get her top from, I love how bright it its!

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Katrina July 22, 2014 - 7:46 PM

She is Lucy, 11 and about an inch taller then me 🙁 Her top is so funky, it’s from Suki KIds, they have such funky clothing for tweens http://www.sukikids.com.au/

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katepickle July 18, 2014 - 1:27 PM

I’ve never owned a stand mixer, but I really want one!

I’ve been trying to decide if I should spend up big, spend moderately, or go cheap…. but I really like the idea that this one is light and easy to move around and it’s a huge plus to see your daughter using it as my twins are suddenly very keen to ‘cook on my own!’ (they are coming up to 11!)

Thanks for the great review!

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Katrina July 22, 2014 - 7:48 PM

Kate, you said what??? And you cook so much, ooh you will love this mixer, it’s is really child friendly, the bowl is light, easy to lock into the mixer and the attachments are easy to take on and off.

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Kelly July 18, 2014 - 8:11 PM

It really annoys me when I see americanisms in Australian writing… It’s not cookies and math, it’s biscuits and maths!!
Yummy looking chocolate cake????

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Katrina July 22, 2014 - 5:48 PM

Your right Kelly, a friend of mine keeps pulling it up but it’s just how I’ve always called them…. it’s watching the TV probably.

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Kelly July 18, 2014 - 8:12 PM

It really annoys me when I see americanisms in Australian writing… It’s not cookies and math, it’s biscuits and maths!!
Yummy looking chocolate cake 🙂

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Georgie July 20, 2014 - 8:01 AM

Can your daughter share get icing recipe too?
Thanks

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Naysie July 22, 2014 - 1:44 PM

I find I use my Thermomix just as much for baking and icing as I do for green smoothies, pureeing, steaming, cooking and anything!
It also whips cream nicely. Our mix master is one of the only appliances we kept when we received our Thermie, but even now we question why as hardly ever gets used.

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Katrina July 22, 2014 - 5:47 PM

I guess each to their own, I really I just like baking the traditional way, annoys me having to clean the batter away from the blades.

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Indigo September 10, 2014 - 2:49 PM

What size cake pan did you use for this recipe?

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Katrina September 12, 2014 - 10:03 AM

Indigo, i just used a standard around cake tin.

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Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me June 16, 2015 - 11:50 AM

One of these is on my must-have list – once the kids are older and want to do all the cooking for me! Have a great holiday if I don’t chat/see you before then xxxxxxxxx

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Sheridan June 16, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Hi Katrina. Have you done a write up about the thermomix? Ive been thinking of getting one for a while but wonder if I will use it or it will be another electrical item stored in the cupboard. And thankyou for this info on the standup mixer, I’ve been using my hand held for quite a while and its almost on its last legs. Time for an upgrade I think. -xx-

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