What are the benefits of whisking when making muffins?

  • We're going to need more context than that. Primarily, what are you whisking? Oh, I see the tag now. You're whisking muffins? Hmmm. That almost seems like your instructor might be asking a trick question.
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Sep 7, 2014 at 0:38
  • I've edited muffins into your question, but it's still a little unclear what you're asking - more context would definitely help.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Sep 7, 2014 at 2:14
  • Although people are going to pile on with the 'whisking is bad' for muffins ... they didn't say they were whisking the liquids into the dry. I occasionally whisk the dry ingredients to get good aeration and make sure the leavening is well mixed before I stir in the liquid.
    – Joe
    Commented Jan 6, 2021 at 16:43

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I think your question is been answered here

"Over mixing batter forms gluten, which in turn hardens the cake", @Theindependentaquarius.

"There's a difference between "don't overmix" and "don't mix" - you're supposed to mix enough to incorporate, just don't try homogenize it", @Aaronut.

  • Can you explain what whisking has to do with over/undermixing? (Given that muffin batter tends to be too thick to effectively whisk, it's kind of hard to say...)
    – Cascabel
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 0:18

Whisking muffin batter.

... affects the entire leavening or raising process because no baking powder is used....

This allows a greater number of cells to form and the cells contain a larger amount of air.

Loss of aeration results in a smaller product with a coarse texture.

Aeration is only successful if the air remains in the batter until it is baked. For large mixes, stabilisers and emulsifiers (or fats) are added during the whisking stage.

(Source: Cakes > Whisking Method)

Whisking batter makes it smooth, silky, fluffy and free of lumps

  • I'm sorry, but I seriously doubt you can possibly whisk enough air by hand into muffin batter to leaven them.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Sep 8, 2014 at 21:41
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    @Jefromi so by your "opinion" I'm wrong? Nobody said it was by hand. Whisking is also known as whipping, which is either by hand or mixer. Don't down vote my answer because of your opinion. I answered the question.
    – HasH_BrowN
    Commented Sep 8, 2014 at 21:44
  • In isolation, "whisking" definitely implies using a whisk to mix by hand. If a mixer is required, a recipe will generally state it. (And even with a mixer, you really can't replace leavening. You could beat egg whites and fold them in to add a little fluff, but even then it won't do the same thing as baking powder.) In any case, I downvoted because I don't think this is a useful answer: this is not a good way to leaven muffins, and though the OP hasn't provided much context, it's most likely the question is simply about using it as a mixing method.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Sep 8, 2014 at 21:53
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    Also, though I'm happy to discuss with you, please do not respond like this to any other users who are kind enough to explain their voting. Everyone is welcome to vote how they like, and it's polite and helpful to explain in a comment. If they do and you disagree, by all means, explain why. But they were trying to help, so please don't be rude about it.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Sep 8, 2014 at 21:59
  • @Jefromi the questioner stated "benefits of whisking", in which I satisfied the answer. Just for FYI, Kitchen Aid mixer comes with a whisk.
    – HasH_BrowN
    Commented Sep 8, 2014 at 21:59

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