Creaming is the first baking step in many recipes, and little do we know that it is one of the most important baking steps in the entire recipe. For best results, it should really take 8-10 minutes to complete, but many recipes indicate less time.

Creaming incorporates the maximum amount of air bubbles so a recipe will rise in the oven and be light in texture. It is done by beating, with a paddle attachment, what is called by the trade as plastic fat, usually butter, first and then adding sugar, usually granulated white or castor sugar, and creaming the two together. Fat can also mean margarine, shortening or lard, while sugar can also be brown or white.

It is important to start on low speed until all ingredients have been incorporated, then switch to medium speed, making sure to scrape the bowl down periodically to make sure all ingredients have been mixed thoroughly.