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I have:

but even with the whisk on the stand mixer, it seems to take for ages compared to when I was a kid and used a:

I'm using room temp butter and mix it for 10-20 seconds before starting to add the sugar. What's the preferred tool?

Information requested by @Ward:

Cake batter is what I'm creaming the butter and sugar for.

The 10-20 seconds I just do initially before adding the sugar to spread the butter around. Probably not needed. I could be going for up to 10 minutes after that with the sugar before I give up, unhappy with the fluffiness, concluding that I must have too high expectations. I also find the resulting cake too dense as well.

Update

Just tried using the paddle but at night when it's not so hot and had better results. I think using room temp butter before during the day saw the butter melt before it started to cream.

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Kenwood/Kitchen Aid with the paddle attachment. Yes room temp butter.

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I must admit I haven't tried the paddle. Will do. –  jontyc Mar 18 '12 at 7:34
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Its all about the paddle. :) –  rfusca Mar 19 '12 at 6:32
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As they say, I'd hate to beat up the cream without a paddle. –  jontyc Mar 19 '12 at 12:15

I myself don't have a Kitchen Aid. I start with a spatula and switch to the whisk after a minute or three.

You didn't mention having a spatula, but I think you do.

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I really don't think that is the fastest method... –  Jay Mar 21 '12 at 13:33
    
It is if you don't have a Kitchen Aid :) It's faster than.... let's say a fork. –  Mien Mar 21 '12 at 13:35
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Faster than a chopstick. –  Sobachatina Mar 21 '12 at 14:58

I've been using my:

KitchenAid Pro 600 mixer

extensively for creaming over the last couple days - buttercream icing (1 1/2 lbs of butter/shortening, 2lbs icing sugar) and a couple big batches of cake batter (1+lb butter, 1 1/2 lb sugar).

I guess one thing I do a bit differently is to beat the butter for longer before adding sugar, for at least a couple of minutes. Then I add the sugar slowly and work up to medium speed, stopping a couple times to scrape the bowl. I spent at least 10 minutes, more like 15 before I went on to add the dry and wet ingredients.

One of the nice things about the stand mixer is that you can leave it running for a while with minimal attention while you work on the next step.

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The paddle you have there, is that more like my whisk attachment picture above or my paddle (Kenwood's 'K' paddle)? –  jontyc Mar 18 '12 at 7:35
    
Sorry, that's not what I used, that's just a pic I found on the Intenet of the same model and colour mixer that I have. –  Ward Mar 18 '12 at 7:48

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