Food hack: How to stop an electric whisk splattering

Watch how to stop an electric whisk splattering with this simple food hack. All you need is a tea towel and a steady hand and you’ve got yourself a clean and efficient way of stopping cake mixture or buttercream splattering around your kitchen.

Whether you’re whisking cake mix or making buttercream, it can be so frustrating when the mixture sprays out over the mixing bowl onto the kitchen surfaces or worse, onto you!

The main culprit when it comes to whisking and making a mess is icing sugar…

If you don’t add it in gradually to the butter to make buttercream or you accidently press the high speed setting on your electric whisk, you can end up in a big white cloud. That, and you’ll have to clean up the mess afterwards.

This handy tea towel trick shows you just how easy it is to stop all the mess!

All you have to do is place a tea towel carefully over the electric mixture or stand mixer, making sure it doesn’t drape into the bowl, and whisk away.

Once your mixture has come together, remove the tea towel and shake the leftovers into the sink or bin and pop the tea towel straight into the wash or save for next time.

This nifty little trick will save you having to wipe down all your surfaces. This technique works for electric stand mixers too.

How about trying this food hack when you're making buttercream (opens in new tab)? Or maybe even when making cream cheese frosting (opens in new tab)?

Safety tip: Make sure the tea towel doesn't fall into the bowl. If this happens, stop whisking immediately. You do not want the tea towel to get caught in the whisks.

Jessica Dady
Senior Content Editor

Jessica Dady is Senior Content Editor at and has over 10 years of experience as a digital journalist, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the best food hampers to cookbooks, from the best cake stands to baking sets, Jessica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to must-have food products. A passionate baker, she spends much of her time creating celebration cakes for friends and family - particularly for her two lucky children.