I've wondered, since posting, if it's because of their different lives that one had a stand mixer, and one didn't.
The one with, was a stay-at-home mom/wife/grandmother after WWII, and she cooked and baked for a really large family. As people became adults, they still showed up for meals, along with boyfriends/gf's/wives, etc. She made a lot of cakes, cookies, and other desserts, like ice cream, bread pudding, and banana pudding - the kind with the 'Nilla wafers.
Whereas my other grandmother worked for the naval dept. with rocket scientists, and had a very small family. One child, 2 grandchildren, and a Ddil. She did retire after I was born, and cooked weekend meals, plus for friends who visited.
However, my dad preferred her chocolate pudding to anything, so she didn't need to bake to make that every Sunday. And, for friends who spent the evening, she might make something from scratch baked, but she was more likely to get a crumb/coffee cake from the bakery, or Danishes to go with coffee. She made great meals, but I guess that it was late in her life to start baking. She'd worked since she was 17.
I feel the same; a hand mixer cleans quickly, and easily...and I grew up with my mom using one, as I said.
They first creamed the butter and sugar, then added the eggs, then the dry ingredients. It seemed like the woman using the stand mixer let it go for a while, while she just stood around and talked.
It was a yellow cake.
Well, since you have your stand mixer, you can always try it, and see if it makes a noticeable difference to you. Their side by side comparison showed a big difference.
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