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How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream

Making whipped cream at home is one of the easiest things you’ll ever do. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make homemade whipped cream, look no further!

Coffee topped with homemade whipped cream in a blue mug

Have you ever wondered how to make homemade whipped cream?

Listen, I’m no stranger to the tall can. In fact, when I was pregnant, I was known to have my own personal can, that no one else could touch, because that sucker got sprayed right into my mouth on a regular basis.

But in all honesty, there’s no substitute for the freshly made stuff. Especially since you can customize it just a little bit to make it yours.

And did I mention that it is super easy?

Let’s start with the basics, and then I’ll tell you how to customize it.

Cold glass mixing bowl and beaters on a marble counter

HOW TO WHIP CREAM

There are just a couple of simple steps needed to know how to whip cream at home.

First, make sure to chill the bowl you’ll use for whipping and the beater blades – whether they be from your stand mixer or hand mixer. They need about 10-15 minutes in the freezer, and they’ll be ready to go.

Hand pouring sugar into a glass mixing bowl of heavy cream to make whipped cream

To get the fluffiest, silkiest homemade whipped cream, it’s important to keep the cream cold. Making sure that your bowl and beaters are super cold will help the cream stay cold for longer.

For a pint (two cups) of heavy whipping cream, you’ll need 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Simply whip these two things together on high speed until the cream forms stiff peaks.

Hand mixer mixing a bowl of heavy cream to make whipped cream

(Make sure you don’t whip past the point of stiff peaks, or else you’ll end up with butter! Which is definitely delicious, but not what we’re going for here.)

That’s it! It’ll keep for up to 10 hours in the refrigerator – just make sure to cover it so it doesn’t pick up any funky flavors from the fridge. Whip it again for about 15 seconds before serving.

Glass mixing bowl of freshly whipped cream next to a hand mixer

EASY WHIPPED CREAM IN A JAR

If you don’t have a stand mixer or a hand mixer, you can make easy whipped cream with just a jar!

Ingredients for homemade whipped cream on a marble surface

Add 1 cup of cold heavy whipping cream and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar to a cold pint-sized Mason jar, tightly screw on the lid and shake! Shake for about 5 minutes; you’ll be able to feel and hear the difference when the whipped cream is ready.

While you will only get soft peaks from your Mason jar whipped cream, it’s a fun and useful trick to know in a pinch and a great activity for kids!

Close up of a glass mixing bowl of homemade whipped cream

HOW TO MAKE FLAVORED WHIPPED CREAM

Now, let’s talk customization. Whipped cream is a blank canvas. You can add any sort of extract or alcohol you’d like for extra flavor.

For a traditional vanilla whipped cream, add a 1-2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste.

Mug of coffee topped with freshly whipped cream

My grandmother was a big proponent of using a tablespoon or two of good rum, and creme de menthe wouldn’t go amiss either.

Other flavorings that pair well with whipped cream are coffee, via coffee extract or coffee liqueur, almond extract or amaretto, and even citrus. Try orange or lemon zest, orange or lemon extract, or Grand Marnier.

If you’re into textured whipped cream, you can add graham cracker crumbs or Oreo crumbs. Either would be extremely delicious.

You can add any of these things at the same time as the sugar. It may take a little longer to get stiff peaks to form, but they’ll still do it.

Stay away from adding jams and jellies, as they will make the whipped cream severely unstable, and stiff peaks may never form.

Slice of apple pie on a black plate, topped with softly whipped cream

RECIPES USING HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM

There are about a million ways to use and serve homemade whipped cream. Some of my favorite ways include as a filling for Churro Cream Puffs or Strawberry Cream Cake, as a layer in Brownie Trifles, or as a topping for Fresh Cherry Cobbler or Chocolate Pudding.

Heck, you can even find an excuse to have whipped cream for breakfast if you use it to top Chocolate Eggnog Waffles or a Pumpkin Spice Mocha!

And when in doubt? Let homemade whipped cream shine by serving it alongside my favorite Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe. It’s a simple way to impress any guest.

Close-up view of homemade whipped cream on a cup of coffee

Mug of coffee topped with freshly whipped cream

Homemade Whipped Cream

Yield: About 4 cups whipped cream
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Homemade whipped cream is so easy to make! You'll never buy the canned stuff again with this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • ¼ cup granulated or powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, optional

Optional add-ins:

  • Vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • Flavor extracts such as coffee, almond, lemon, peppermint, etc.
  • Citrus zest
  • Alcohol/liqueurs such as rum, Kahlua, creme de menthe, amaretto, Grand Marnier, etc.
  • Textured add-ins such as graham cracker crumbs, crushed Oreos, crushed peppermint candies, etc.

Instructions

  1. Place bowl and beater blades (if using a stand mixer, use the whisk attachment) in the freezer for 10-15 minutes until very cold.
  2. Add cold cream, sugar and any desired add-ins to the bowl. Whip on high speed until the cream forms stiff peaks.
  3. Whipped cream may be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 10 hours. Prior to serving, whip again on high for about 15 seconds.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 103Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 4mgSodium 32mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 1g

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Jeanette J Harris

Sunday 27th of October 2019

is there something to stabilize whipped cream? The whip in restaurants is different

Jamie

Thursday 31st of October 2019

Hello – You are correct; the whip in restaurants or coffee shops is typically made with nitrous oxide canisters. If you want to make stabilized whipped cream at home, I like to use the gelatin method: https://www.livewellbakeoften.com/how-to-make-stabilized-whipped-cream/. Hope this helps! Jamie

Sheila

Thursday 24th of October 2019

Well, now I have read everything! It is beyond believable that you needed to post how to whip cream. I would think that people who are bakers would know the basics. Come on you post such lovely recipes focus on those rather than the basics.

Jamie

Thursday 24th of October 2019

Hi Shelia-

Thanks for your feedback. Believe it or not, I have bakers as young as 10 years old that email in with their parents. And while I think it's amazing that seasoned bakers visit my site for inspiration and recipes - everyone is not a seasoned baker. Some are just learning and using my blog for help along the way, so recipes like this can be highly beneficial for them. :)

Happy Baking! -Jamie

R.A. McClain

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

A couple of years ago I began using powdered sugar in my whipped cream, and is works great, and biggest difference in that & granulated, is WHIPPED CREAM LASTS SEVERAL DAYS in the fridge, rather than just a few hours.

Jamie

Monday 28th of October 2019

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

Joy

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

question...what makes it separate? (get watery)

Jamie

Thursday 31st of October 2019

Hello – If it has separated after being in the refrigerator for a while, it just means it has lost some of the air bubbles and should come back together if you whip it again for 30 seconds or so. If it has separated or become grainy while you are whipping it, it means you have over-whipped it and are on your way to making butter. Honestly, at that point it's best to start over. Hope this helps! Jamie

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