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YOU NEED TO KNOW: How to Make Whipped Cream

  • September 4, 2017
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Theres a few skills that every baker, professional and novice alike, needs to have in their repertoire. This is the second installment in the You Need to Know series where we explore basic baking techniquesand tap into the know-how that is required to master them. In todays edition, we are going to whip our wayto the cloud-like heaven that is perfectly whipped cream, so if you need to know the ins and outs, keep reading!

What is it?

Whipped cream is cream or heavy cream that has been whipped until the texture changes from a fattyliquid to a light and fluffy foam. As the cream is whipped, air bubbles are incorporated into the fat, resulting in an airy mixturethat is approximately double the volumeof the original liquid. A high amount of fat is required for the whipped cream to be stable, so heavy whipping cream or one that contains at least 30% fat is typically recommended for best outcomes.

How do you make it?

Whipped cream can be prepared in a number of ways and with very little equipment.You can use a chilled bowl andwire whisk, a hand mixer, a stand mixer, or even aa glass jar with a lid! The key is to start with very cold cream, because the fat in the cream will melt at warmer temperatures, resulting in a lack of stabilityfor the emulsification. I prefer to make my whipped cream with a hand mixer fitted with the beater attachments, because its a lot easier to monitor the progress of your whipped cream with a low-powered hand mixer as opposed to ahigh-powdered stand mixer. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand and feel comfortable working with.

Step One: Begin whipping!

Pour thecream into amixing bowl and begin whipping at low speed. If you are using a stand mixer, I use the whisk attachment on speed 2 or 4. Beat the mixture steadily until you notice the cream beginning to froth andbarely thicken.

Step Two: Add sweetener and flavoring!

Once your cream is frothy, it is stable enough to add sweeteners andflavoring. For a traditional sweetened whipped cream, a small portion of granulated or powdered sugar is typically used, however, you can use honey, brown sugar, or even agave nectar. The color and texture may differ slightly, but all can be used successfully. Vanilla extract, lemon zest, almond extract, or even cocoa powder can be added to your cream for flavor, but use in moderation, adding only until the desired flavor is achieved.

Step Three: Watch for peaks!

After the add-ins have been included, continue whipping and increase the speed. The cream will transform from a bubbly liquid to a thickened mixture that barely retainsa trace of the beater or whisk as it spinsaround the bowl. Man your post at the mixer because once the cream begins to thicken, youre only a few moments away from perfect whipped cream. Keep whipping and watching, and youllsoon notice soft and fluffy mounds forming on the top of the cream, finally increasing in volume to thick, smoothclouds that barely billow up onto themselvesin the bowl.

Once your cream gets close to doubling in volume, turn off your mixer and pull the whisk from the bowl. The cream is adequately whipped once it holds its shape on the end of the whisk without wilting over or ploppingoff the end of the attachment. Be sure to not over-beat the cream- you may end up with butter!

What if I over-beat it?

If you continue beatingyour cream beyond the point of whipped cream, youll notice small lumps in your bowl, forming a grainy, thick mixture. Dont fret- as long as you havent breached the fine line between whipped cream and butter, you can still rescue it! Add a few extra tablespoons of cream into your bowl and slowly whisk it into the mixture. If its not beyond repair, the mixture will smoothright back out and youll be back in the game. If you happened to take it too far, thats okay too! Youre well on your way to making fresh, homemade butter, and we all know theres plenty of room in the kitchen for that.

What do I use it for?

Cream whipped to medium peaks, perfect to be used as a topping!
Cream whipped to firm/stiff peaks- perfect for folding into a no-churn ice cream or icebox pie!

Whipped cream is an excellent topping for cakes, pies, coffees, and sundaes, but is often incorporated into recipes in a number of other ways. You may fold whipped cream into trifles or cream pies,no-churn ice cream or icebox cakes. With nothing more than a bit of cream and a handful of fresh fruit, you are well on your way to preparing a simple dessert that takes little time and zero fuss. Homemade whipped cream is fantasticon its own and addsa sweet and creamy mouthfeelwhen incorporated into homemadedesserts.

Is there anything else I need to know about whipped cream?

Yep, probably. If you want to get your nerd on, be sure to check out this article from Serious Eats. If youre interested in more photos of the different phases of whipped cream, this post from King Arthur Flour is really helpful. And if youre just wanting some inspiration on how to use whipped cream, be sure to check out this page of my blog that includes a number of recipes requiring a little fluff of cream.

To all of my American friends, have a great Labor Day! Be sure to reference this post next time you need a little whipped cream in your life. And dont forget to vote for the Saveur Blog Awards! The polls are open until Wednesday, the 6th of September, and you can find me in the Best Baking and Sweets category. Have a great week!


Homemade Sweetened Whipped Cream

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Learn how to make whipped cream, step by step with photos, in this quick and simple tutorial.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


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  • 1 cup (240 mL) heavy whipping cream, very cold
  • 3 tablespoons sugar


  1. Pour the cream into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium-low speed until the mixture becomes frothy and foamy. Add the sugar. Increase the speed to high and whip until you notice traces of the mixer attachment in the cream. Continue whipping, watching carefully, until the mixture thickens into smooth pillowy clouds, nearly doubles in size, and barely holds its shape on the end of the whisk attachment. Use immediately.


  • For vanilla whipped cream: add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For chocolate whipped cream: add 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • For honey whipped cream: add 3 tablespoons good honeyin place of the sugar.
  • For lemon whipped cream: add 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest or more, according to your preferences.

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17 thoughts on YOU NEED TO KNOW: How to Make Whipped Cream

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    January 14, 2020 at 1:20 PM

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    1. Kate
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  6. Ruth
    November 7, 2017 at 8:30 PM

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    1. Kate
      November 8, 2017 at 6:35 AM

      Youre welcome! I hope its helpful!

  7. Tiffany Matthe
    September 6, 2017 at 10:57 PM

    I never knew whipped cream could be so complicated. Lol I feel so smart after reading this post. Thanks so much for this.

    1. Kate
      September 7, 2017 at 6:43 AM

      Put your nerd glasses on bc youre totally a science geek now. ( along with me!)

  8. JoBay
    September 4, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    I always add a package of German vanilla sugarso the whipped cream is only slightly sweet.

    1. Kate
      September 4, 2017 at 12:39 PM

      OOooOOOhhhH! Ive never heard of this! Im going to look into it.

  9. Dale
    September 4, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Just found your blog ~looking forward to enjoying more posts! At this time of year I make a spiced whipped cream to go with peach cobbler. Instead of sugar add 2 Tbsp of liquid honey and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon after whipping a cup of heavy cream. So yummy.

    1. Kate
      September 4, 2017 at 8:35 AM

      That sounds AMAZING!!!!! What a terrific idea!

  10. Beth Harris
    September 4, 2017 at 6:50 AM

    Kate I really enjoyed this post it reminds me of a time I was living in Ohio and my mother was in Florida and I called her to ask how to make whip cream. It is a wonderful memory for me as God took her way to early. Thank you for that reminder. By the way I normally only use fresh whip cream. Its not that hard. Have a great Labor Day and thank you again for the wonderful post.

    1. Kate
      September 4, 2017 at 8:36 AM

      Ugh, I love that. Isnt it amazing the memories that food connects us to?


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