This easy recipe for homemade whipped cream can be made in minutes!  Use this fluffy, vanilla flavored cream for coffee, frosting, cakes, and other desserts.  You only need 3 ingredients to make whipped cream at home!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
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How to Make Whipped Cream from Scratch

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This recipe was originally published October 6, 2017.

You will never want to use Redi-whip or Cool Whip again after tasting homemade whipped cream!  Making whipped cream from scratch takes literally 3 ingredients and 5 minutes.  Feel like a pastry chef and whip up this whipped cream next time you’re craving this fluffy white topping!

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What is whipping cream made of?

Whipping cream itself if simply the cream that rises to the top of full-fat dairy milk.  When this cream is whipped in a mixer or by hand, small air bubbles are introduced into the cream, making it increase in volume and giving it that light and fluffy texture we all love.

Is whipping cream the same as heavy cream?

Nope!  Heavy whipping cream contains at least 36% milkfat, while whipping cream contains between 30-35% milkfat.  It’s a subtle difference, but it’s worth noticing.  Whipping cream will not whip as high, or as stiff, as heavy whipping cream does.

Is whipping cream unhealthy?

Overall, whipping cream is healthy in small amounts.  Real dairy cream contains healthy nutrients and fats, but can lead to weight gain if over-indulged.  Read more about the health benefits of heavy whipping cream.

What is the difference between whipped cream and Cool Whip?

Whipped cream is real heavy whipping cream beaten with sugar and vanilla until stiff.  Cool Whip consists mostly of water, hydrogenated fats, and corn syrup, with a small milkfat content.  Real-deal whipped cream made from scratch not only tastes 100 times better than Cool Whip, it is also much healthier.

What is the difference between Chantilly cream and whipped cream?

Chantilly cream is a French whipped cream sweetened with sugar and flavored with vanilla.  “Whipped cream” in its simplest form is simply plain heavy cream that has been whipped, without any flavorings added.  Technically, my recipe is Chantilly cream, because it is flavored with sugar and vanilla.

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How do you thicken whipped cream?

Whipped cream gets thicker the longer it is whipped.  If you want a softer whipped cream for spreading, beat it for less time, until the mixture holds soft peaks.  Soft peaks mean that a the cream will form a subtle peak when the beaters are lifted from the cream.

For a stiffer cream, beat the cream until it holds stiff peaks.  The cream will perfectly hold its shape if piped.

What flavorings can I add to whipped cream?

There are a multitude of different options for flavoring whipped cream.  Here are some popular choices that you can try.

  • Vanilla. Add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract to 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, then whip to stiff peaks.
  • Chocolate.  Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1/4 cup of icing sugar to 1 cup of heavy cream, then beat to stiff peaks.
  • Coffee.  Add 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules or 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder to 1 cup of heavy cream, then beat it to stiff peaks.
  • Lemon.  Whip the cream to stiff peaks, then fold in 1/4 cup of lemon curd and/or 1 teaspoon of lemon zest.
  • Extracts.  Add a dash of your favorite extract, such as peppermint or almond, to the cream after it has formed soft peaks.
  • Liqueur. Add 1-2 teaspoons of your favorite liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Kahlua, to the cream after it has formed soft peaks.
  • Crème mousseline.  Fold the whipped cream into cooled crème pâtissière, then use for filling cakes, profiteroles, or eclairs.
  • Savory.  Fold chopped fresh herbs into the whipped cream.  Alternatively, infuse the cream with chopped fresh herbs, chill the cream until cold, strain it, then whip it.

Troubleshooting Whipped Cream

  • Why is my whipping cream not thickening?  The cream may not have been cold enough.  Chill the cream and try again.
  • Why is my whipped cream grainy?  The cream has been beaten for too long.  Whisk in a little liquid cream until it’s smooth.
  • Why is my whipped cream melting?  The whipped cream has been in a warm environment for too long.  Re-whip it with cooled, unflavored gelatin (see the “How to Stabilize Whipped Cream” instructions below) to see if it brings it back together.

How long will whipped cream last?

You can whip cream in advance and keep it in the fridge for up to 24 hours.  If you are planning on making the cream ahead of time, put the whipped cream in a strainer set over a bowl, then cover tightly with plastic wrap.  The sieve will allow any liquid that separates from the cream to drip down into the bowl, leaving the cream nice.

For the best texture and presentation, however, I recommend whipping the cream right before you plan on using it.  If you really need to make the whipped cream in advance, see my tips below for how to stabilize whipped cream.

person holding a bowl of whipped cream

How to Stabilize Whipped Cream

Stabilized whipped cream can hold its shape for up to a full day, without weeping or deflating like regular whipped cream.  Want to give it a go?  Here’s how!

  • Mix together 1 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin powder with 1 tablespoon of cold water until dissolved.
  • Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes to allow the gelatin to set the mixture.
  • Microwave the gelatin mixture until melted, about 7-12 seconds.
  • Whip the cream until it holds soft peaks.
  • Add the gelatin mixture and whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks.
  • Alternative Method: whisk 1 cup (240 ml) of heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form, then add 1/4 cup (60 ml) of full-fat sour cream and whisk until stiff peaks form.

How to Rescue Over-Whipped Cream

Does your whipped cream look grainy, lumpy, or super stiff?  That means you’ve overwhipped it.  Don’t worry; there’s a simple fix!

Simply whisk in a few tablespoons of liquid cream with a hand whisk until the cream is smooth again.  Just realize that if your cream has been whipped long enough to start to turn into butter, this fix will not work.

How to Make Whipped Cream from Scratch

Gather the ingredients: heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, and sugar.

ingredients for homemade whipped cream

Pour all the ingredients into a mixing bowl.

cream, vanilla, and sugar in a bowl

Beat with an electric mixer on medium-low speed until stiff.  Enjoy immediately, or refrigerate for up to 2-3 days.  Whipped cream does have the best taste and texture when it is freshly made, however.

bowl of homemade whipped cream with a mixer

Pro Tips for Making Whipped Cream

  • Use cold whipping cream to get the most volume.
  • Chill the bowl and whisk before beating the whipped cream for additional volume.
  • Whip the cream right before you need it, as it can get watery over time.
  • Leave out the sugar or vanilla if you feel like it.
  • Want to stabilize your whipped cream?  This will allow it to hold its shape for days.  All you need is a little unflavored gelatin.
  • Store whipped cream in the fridge, or it will begin to deteriorate.

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Use your homemade whipped cream in these delicious desserts and drinks.

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How to Make Whipped Cream from Scratch


  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x

Description

This easy recipe for homemade whipped cream can be made in minutes!  Use this fluffy, vanilla flavored cream for coffee, frosting, cakes, and other desserts.  You only need 3 ingredients to make whipped cream at home!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, chilled (240 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (25g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Pour the chilled heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract into the bowl and beat on medium speed until it reaches stiff peaks.
  2. Serve immediately, or keep tightly covered in the fridge for a few hours.

Notes

  • Make this recipe perfectly the first time.  Check out the step-by-step photos and pro tips before the recipe card.
  • The pleasure of a 5-star review for this whipped cream recipe would be greatly appreciated.
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  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Whipped
  • Cuisine: French

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5 thoughts on “How to Make Whipped Cream from Scratch

  1. I like the light and airy texture of this delicious whipped cream. The vanilla and sugar taste really good in the cream!

  2. This whipped cream is smooth, airy, and fluffy. It tastes like vanilla, and is sweet. The cream looks like a fluffy cloud! ☁😋

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