Thank you in advance for your help.
The flat paddle is used for mixing and beating. It is the workhorse attachment for KA mixers. I own two, and two bowls.
I mix my buttercream at a very low speed to start with, then move the lever up to about 3. "Medium" on a hand mixer is very different than "medium" on a stand mixer.
Try it again. I think that once you have the hang of it you are really going to love the KA for frosting.
I had borrowed my friends Hamilton Beach mixer before buying my kitchen aid. I made a few batches of buttercream with the beater and then the beater broke. When I looked up HB on the web to order a new one for her I discovered that I was supposed to be using the paddle. Lucky for me they replaced it for free.
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