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How to Make Whipped Cream

Imagine having fresh, homemade whipped cream to top your cakes and other confections with. It's easier to make than you might think. Here are the perfect recipes for a frothy, dessert-like topping without the preservatives. One cup of whipping cream yields two cups of whipped cream.

  • Total time: 5-10 minutes


Classic Whipped CreamEdit

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup or 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • whip for 7-8 minutes

Flavored Whipped CreamEdit

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup or 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Flavorings such as vanilla, almond or anise extract; bourbon or brandy; or lemon or lime zest

Cream Cheese Whipped CreamEdit

  • 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Method One of Three:
Classic Whipped Cream

  1. 1
    Chill the cream. The colder the cream is, the easier it is to whip. Plan to whip the cream the moment you take it out of the refrigerator, rather than leaving it sitting on the counter for some time. The bowl you pour the cream into should also be chilled if possible.[1]
  2. 2
    Add sugar and salt. Sweeten the cream with your sugar of choice. Add a pinch of salt to bring out the cream's rich flavor and contrast with the sugar. Use a spoon or whisk to stir the mixture well.
  3. 3
    Whisk the cream. Using a large whisk, or a hand mixer, start whipping the cream in a circular direction. Whip as quickly as possible to help air change the consistency of the cream from a heavy liquid into a light, fluffy substance.
    • It takes a little practice to learn how to whip cream effectively by hand. You have to work quickly enough that the cream doesn't have time to warm up too much. Switch to the other hand if the hand you are using becomes too tired.
    • Use an electric mixer to make the job easier. Set the bowl of cream under a stand mixer and let the machine do all the work, or use a hand mixer to make gentle swirls in the cream while the beaters whip it up.
  4. 4
    Watch for peaks to form. The first change you'll notice is that the whisk or beaters will begin to leave drag marks in the cream, indicating that it has become more solid in texture. Continue whipping until you can lift the whisk or beaters from the cream and leave semi-stiff peaks in their wake.[2]
    • Some people prefer soft whipped cream, which slumps deliciously down the side of cakes and pies. Others prefer stiffer whipped cream that retains a certain shape when it's used to top a dessert. Keep whipping until the cream reaches the texture you desire.
    • Stop whipping before it turns to butter. If you keep whipping for too long (which is easier to do with an electric mixer than by hand) the cream will turn to solid butter. If this happens to you, save the butter to make cinnamon sugar toast or another delicious treat and start over with a new batch of cream.

Method Two of Three:
Flavored Whipped Cream

  1. 1
    Decide how to flavor the whipped cream. In recent years it has become popular to make whipped cream in a variety of different flavors that complement the dish the cream will top. Whipped cream is easily flavored by extracts, cocoa, liqueurs, and zests; choose a combination that works with your dessert. Here are a few ideas:
    • Make chocolate whipped cream by adding a tablespoon of cocoa. This would make a great topping for chocolate silk pie.
    • Make vanilla bourbon whipped cream as a topping for pecan pie. Add a teaspoon of vanilla and a teaspoon of bourbon to the mix.
    • Create a bright-tasting cream by adding a tablespoon of lemon zest, and use it to top strawberry shortcake.
    • Almond or anise extract add a subtle depth to whipped cream. These make an excellent topping for berry pies.
  2. 2
    Flavor the cream before you whip it. When you're ready to make whipped cream, remove the chilled cream from the refrigerator and pour it into a clean bowl. Add sugar and a pinch of salt, then add the flavorings you want to use. Stir it all together with a spoon or a whisk.
  3. 3
    Whip the cream. Using the same technique described for classic whipped cream, beat the cream until it forms either soft or stiff peaks, depending on your preference. Use the cream to top your pie or cake.

Method Three of Three:
Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

  1. 1
    Beat the cream cheese. Place it in a chilled bowl and beat until it becomes light and fluffy.
  2. 2
    Sweeten the cream. In a separate bowl, pour in the chilled whipping cream, vanilla, sugar, and salt. Use a whisk or spoon to stir the mixture well.[3]
  3. 3
    Whip the cream. Use a whisk or a hand mixer to whip the cream until it forms soft peaks. Stop short of whipping up stiff peaks.
  4. 4
    Combine the cream cheese and whipped cream. Add the cream cheese to the bowl of whipped cream. Use the whisk or hand mixer to beat the mixture until it forms stiff peaks when you lift the beaters from the bowl.
  5. 5
    Use cream cheese whipped cream as a topping or icing. Since cream cheese whipped cream is a bit stiffer and thicker than regular whipped cream, it can be used as either a topping or an icing. Cream cheese whipped cream makes a delicious icing for apple cake or zucchini bread.
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  • Are there any other types of cream for cake topping or filling that I can make without buying shop cream?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Yes, you can use egg whites and a lot of sugar. The amount of white sugar depends on how much of how much of cream you want to make (4-5 egg whites can cover a cake) and the sugar you´ll add depending on how sweet you want your cream to be. Mix the egg whites on a mixer until it gets extremely fluffy and start adding the sugar little by little while mixing the egg whites.
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  • Can fresh cream from homemade cow's milk be used to make whipped cream?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • If you already have separated cream, then all you need to do is whip it (use an electric mixer, unless you want an extreme workout). Add a bit of sugar once stiff to add sweetness.
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  • Is it necessary to add vanilla extract?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Vanilla extract adds flavor to your whipped cream and is recommend. However, you do not have to add it if you do not want to.
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  • What type of cream do you refer to as whipping cream?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Whipping cream is cream containing 30% or more butterfat, and is commonly found in supermarkets, labelled as such. This can be mixed with air, and the resulting colloid is roughly double the volume of the original cream as air bubbles are captured into a network of fat droplets. Lower-fat cream (or milk) does not whip well, while higher-fat cream produces a more stable foam.
    Thanks! 23 10
  • How long will the whipped cream hold its shape on a cake?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • It won't be too long -- 40 to 60 minutes usually -- so you may want to consider adding some gelatin to the whipped cream to help it hold the shape better.
    Thanks! 6 1
  • How do I make whipped cream thicker?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • You can make whipped cream thicker by adding gelatin. Use one leaf of gelatin dissolved in a tablespoon of warmed water for each pint of cream. You can also whip the cream for longer, but be careful that you do not whip it too long or you will end up with butter.
    Thanks! 17 7
  • Is it possible to make this without using heavy whipping cream?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Whipping cream is necessary because it can easily be mixed with air and creates a stable foam. Low-fat cream or milk does not whip well.
    Thanks! 18 9
  • Is whipped cream made from milk?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • No. Whipped cream is made with heavy whipping cream. Milk does not have enough fat in it, and as such, doe not whip well.
    Thanks! 16 8
  • Can I use a stabilizer to thicken the cream, and if so, how much can I use?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • You can use a bit of gelatin, but take care not to over-whip it or you will end up with butter.
    Thanks! 9 7
  • How much agar is needed to make the cream stable?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • 1 tsp agar powder for 250 ml cream in 1 and 1/2 cold water. For 1 and 1/2 boiling water put agar in the cold water and let sit for 2-3 min and then put the hot water in. Let it cool for a bit because it is to hot to mix with the cream.
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Quick Summary

To make whipped cream by hand, chill heavy whipping cream and a mixing bowl in the refrigerator. Pour the cream into the bowl, then add powdered sugar and a pinch of salt. Use a whisk or an electric mixer to whip the cream in a circular direction, going quickly to keep the cream from warming up too much. Continue whipping until you can lift the whisk or beaters from the cream and leave semi-stiff peaks behind. Place the bowl in the refrigerator, or keep whipping if you want stiffer whipped cream that can retain its shape.



  • Add food coloring to the cream before whipping it for special events.
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  • Avoid "ultra-pasteurized" heavy cream, if possible, it does not whip up as well.
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  • If you are whipping cream for the top of a cake, it helps to chill it first.
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  • If the whipped cream tastes too sour, add a little more sugar.
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  • For best results, use a chilled metal bowl and chilled metal whisk. Do not use plastic.
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  • Try using brown sugar instead of normal sugar. This gives a slightly more warm tone to the taste, and also makes the cream a slightly caramel toned.
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  • It's a lot faster to use a pump instead of a whisking it.
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Things You'll NeedEdit

  • Whisk or beaters
  • Large bowl (preferably metal)
  • Measuring tools

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