How much butter fat is in heavy cream?


Photo Credit George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images Light whipping cream can be used in recipes that call for heavy whipping cream. With lower fat, light whipping cream is healthier. However, heavy whipping cream whips best and substituting light whipping cream can affect the quality of your baked good. Understanding the proper whipping and baking uses of light whipped cream will guide you in deciding which ingredient to use. Fat Content Many recipes call for heavy whipping cream to be added. In general, 1 cup of heavy whipping cream whips into 2 cups of whipped cream, whereas 1 cup of light cream yields slightly less, about 1-1/2 cup light whipped cream. The largest difference between the creams is the butter fat content. Light cream contains 30 percent butter fat and heavy cream contains 36 percent to 40 percent. Because of this difference, heavy whipping cream is ideal for whipping and holds its form longer and fluffs to a greater volume. Whipping Preparations Whipping cream is often used as a topping or additive to a whipped filling. Whip your light cream by placing it in the coldest part of your fridge and place a metal bowl and mixer beaters in the freezer 30 minutes prior to whipping. Pour your cream into the bowl and place the bowl in a larger bowl full of ice. Whip your cream in the coldest room in your house to ensure stiff peaks and cream stabilization.