Homemade Whipped Cream

Learn how to make fresh sweetened homemade whipped cream with only 3 simple ingredients. With its light and billowy texture, whipped cream is the perfect topping for pies, cakes, cupcakes, crepes, cheesecake, trifles, and so much more! 

hand holding whisk attachment with whipped cream

After years of buying frozen whipped topping and cans of store-bought whipped cream filled with who-the-heck-knows-what, I can say with confidence that HOMEMADE whipped cream tastes 100% better in both the texture and flavor departments. Fresh whipped cream is made with just 3 simple ingredients and comes together in only a few minutes. It’s so creamy, so light, and so so so delicious.

Whipped Cream Video Tutorial

What You Need

  1. Electric mixer – hand-held or stand mixer with whisk attachment
  2. Mixing bowl
  3. Cold heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
  4. Sugar to sweeten
  5. Vanilla extract

A note on the sugar: some bakers swear by granulated sugar in whipped cream; others swear by confectioners’ sugar. If you’re only working with a couple Tablespoons of the stuff, it doesn’t really make a difference. But if you’re working in larger batches, you may begin to taste the granules of granulated sugar. I include this in the notes below to remind you.

Did you know? Since we’re flavoring the whipped cream with vanilla extract, this is called Crème Chantilly in French. 🙂

homemade whipped cream in a glass stand mixer bowl

How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream

  1. Start with cold heavy cream. The colder the cream, the easier and more successful it will whip. Cold cream also creates the lightest whipped cream! Slightly warm or room temperature cream does not equate to whipped cream. If you’re ambitious, you could even chill the mixing bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or the freezer for 15 minutes.
  2. Whip the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla together on medium-high speed. This speed is perfect for whipped cream, which will whip air into the cream at a medium pace. I find that high speed easily over-whips cream and low speed under-whips cream.
  3. Don’t walk away! Whipped cream only takes a couple minutes, but it’s only a few seconds between soft whipped cream and over-mixed whipped cream. Over-mixed whipped cream is curdled and grainy. Soft whipped cream, the ideal sweet spot, has a billowy and smooth texture. Stand by your mixer so you know when it’s ready.
  4. Look for medium peaks. What are medium whipped cream peaks? When you lift the beaters or whisk out from the bowl, a slightly sturdy peak should form on them. The peak will slightly droop down, but not lose its shape entirely. It won’t be too soft and liquid-y, it won’t be heavy and curdled. Don’t be afraid to stop the mixer and check the consistency of the whipped cream as you go.

Looking for flavored whipped cream? Check out all these flavors!

Can Whipped Cream Replace Cool Whip?

Yes. This homemade whipped cream can replace Cool Whip (store-bought frozen whipped topping) in recipes. Use the same amount.

banoffee pie with whipped cream on top

What is the Difference Between Heavy Cream and Whipping Cream?

This can definitely be confusing! Their difference is in the percentage of milk fat. Heavy cream and heavy whipping cream contain 36% milk fat and whipping cream (without “heavy” in the title!) is a little lighter with 30% milk fat.

They can all be used interchangeably in most recipes, but when it comes to whipped cream– heavy cream/heavy whipping cream will hold its shape longer. They are ideal for homemade whipped cream.

zoomed in image of a cream puff

For a sturdier whipped cream that you could use as a stable frosting for layered cakes, try the whipped cream frosting used for this cookies and cream cake. You can leave out the Oreos!


What to Serve with Homemade Whipped Cream

There are so many options!

  1. Pavlova, of course!
  2. Lemon Berry Trifle
  3. Angel Food Cupcakes
  4. Strawberry Shortcake
  5. Banana Cream Pie
  6. Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding
  7. Homemade Cream Puffs
  8. Lemon Cake
  9. Homemade Pumpkin Pie or Sweet Potato Pie
  10. Pumpkin Pie Bars or Pumpkin Cheesecake
  11. Crepes or on Tiramisu Crepe Cake
  12. Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
  13. Pecan Pie or Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie
  14. Flourless Chocolate Cake
  15. Chocolate Lava Cakes or Peanut Butter Lava Cakes

And on ice cream, milkshakes, crepes, waffles, pancakes, and so much more!

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banoffee pie with whipped cream on top

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups
  • Category: Frosting
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Learn how to make fresh sweetened homemade whipped cream with only 3 simple ingredients. With its light and billowy texture, it’s the perfect topping for pies, cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, trifles, and so much more!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240ml) cold heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar or granulated sugar*
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract on medium-high speed until medium peaks form, about 3-4 minutes. Medium peaks are between soft/loose peaks and stiff peaks and are the perfect consistency for topping and piping on desserts.
  2. Use immediately or cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Freezing prepared whipped cream sometimes causes it to lose its creamy texture, but it definitely works.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Use immediately or cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Freezing prepared whipped cream sometimes causes it to lose its creamy texture, but it definitely works.
  2. Double Batch: This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
  3. Sugar: some bakers swear by granulated sugar in whipped cream; others swear by confectioners’ sugar. If you’re only working with a couple Tablespoons of sugar as listed in the recipe above, it doesn’t really make a difference. But if you’re working in larger batches, you may begin to taste the granules of granulated sugar and confectioners’ sugar is the way to go.

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163 Comments

  1. Hi Sally! Can i put some cream cheese in this homemade whipped cream recipe? Thanks!

    1. I’m sure you could work whipped cream into beaten creamed cheese, but it would be difficult to avoid over-mixing and deflating the whipped cream. (I do this with my no bake cheesecake.) You may want to try folding some whipped cream into my cream cheese frosting.

  2. Very clear instructions, thank you!! I halved the sugar and it was still almost too sweet, so I suggest one Tablespoon of sugar or less for those who often find desserts too sweet

    1. We did this as well using 1 tbsp of confectioner’s sugar and it was great. And so simple!

      Cheers.

  3. I love your recipes! They are fun and easy to make. My family loves them too.

  4. This recipe is SO easy (most times I’m recipe challenged…lol) & quick to make…not to mention it tastes way better than any store bought whipped cream!!! Thanks, Sally!!!

  5. colleen dennis says:

    Nice simple instructions, wavering between 1-2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, everyone’s taste buds are different.

  6. Can I pipe this whipped cream on my key lime cheesecake a day ahead of serving or will it deflate?

    1. While it’s best applied that same day, you can pipe it one day ahead of time and refrigerate overnight.

  7. Hi Sally,
    I’m a huge fan of all your recipes and have tried quite a few of them.
    I wanted to know how I could fix my whipped cream when I mistakenly added a LOT of butterscotch essence to it??
    Also, can I mix a frozen batch of whipped cream with a fresh batch of whipped cream?

    1. Hi Meenakshi! So glad you enjoy my recipes. If you’ve added too much flavor, I recommend making another half batch of whipped cream (without flavor) and folding them together. And yes, you can mix a batch of thawed frozen whipped cream and fresh whipped cream.

      1. Thank you so much Sally❤️

  8. So easy so good ! Good bye store bought whipped cream.

  9. Forgot to rate. 10 stars if I could !

  10. Hi I was wondering if I could freeze this, to make it easier to take to picnics and put it on so it doesn’t get runny

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Max, Freezing prepared whipped cream sometimes causes it to lose its creamy texture, but it definitely works.

  11. Oh my goodness, how could I even imagine that this would be one on my favorite tutorial videos that you’ve done?! Loved everything about it!!!! Loved the detailed instructions, loved that you were actually talking and teaching (as opposed to just video clips with music), I loved that you addressed potential problems and how to solve them, etc, etc. SO many baking sites now are just trying to entertain as opposed to really teaching us. PLEASE make more videos like this. I’ve learned so much from your blog/website. I’ve always been a great cook, but now I’m learning how to be a great baker too. Many thanks!!!

  12. Hi Sally, your recipes are the best, I use just about everything on your site for cooking and baking, thanks so much.
    Sue Hebberd

  13. maria caballero olins says:

    Excelente tu explicación Sally lo tendré en cuenta para mis rellenos, ahora se puede usar congelada la crema
    Gracias por tus enseñanzas con tu explicación yo misma lo puedo hacer y eso está mejor

  14. The day I learned to use powdered (confectioner’s) sugar, rather than granulated sugar, was a great day. It’s easier to control the preferred sweetness. And, best of all it holds up and doesn’t become weepy. Often I choose to “under sweeten” whipped cream when it’s used to top a really sweet dessert. For dinner parties, I make the whipped cream in advance. No last minute whipping in the kitchen which is a total hassle. I’ll never use granulated ever again no matter the amount needed or for what recipe. I think your young readers will find it to be a revelation.

  15. My mother taught me to make whipped cream exactly this way except she ALWAYS chilled the bowl and beaters.
    Love your recipes.

  16. I use super fine sugar which I’m my area has gotten crazy expensive for less than 3 lbs so I make my own I use in inexpensive Ninja “blender” it’s shaped like a 5 cup measuring cup & buy a bag of your favorite sugar I run it through blender until it’s the size texture I want ( do a couple of cups at a time) I store in glass container and use it for baking sugar syrup whipped cream etc. I don’t remember which blog recommended this but it’s so inexpensive & a little work compared to $$$ I would have spent.

  17. I have used real whipped cream for years! The frozen stuff just tastes like a lot of chemicals to me.

  18. I used this ever year when I make pumpkin pie, apple pie any pie for my friends and family.

  19. I forget to put the stars

  20. Our standard “heavy “ cream in 33%, I know of ONE fairy here in Canada that sells 36% and it’s hard to find in stores .
    33% works well for my clotted cream ( for
    Scones )
    I use 33% even in my coffee as well!( instead of milk)

  21. Debora Smaldon says:

    I always make homemade whipped cream and will never buy commercial again. To produce stiffer peaks, and to make whipping scream stable for up to a week, I add one quarter tsp of cream of tartar just before it forms peaks Delicious on everything

  22. Darlene Nassar says:

    I make lots of cakes with whipped cream frosting. I have used “Whip it” made by Dr. Oetker. It is a great stabilizer and the cream doesn’t weep or separate. Even lasts when the cake is out of the frig for some time.

  23. Using brown sugar in whip cream makes adds a nice fall touch for pumpkin pie!

  24. I live Chantilly whip cream and almond flavored whipped cream.
    All good tips. Another reason to use sifted powdered sugar is that the cornstarch in powdered sugar helps hold the whipped cream shape when used for decorating.

    1. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell! My 1962 edition of Joy of Cooking explains this in detail with making heavy cream into whipped cream. It actually says you MUST use the sugar for its intrinsic starches to bind the fats into long chain form that defines the essence of Whipped Cream. I think otherwise you end up with dry stiff cream or clotted cream, not the smooth fluffy stuff that makes all deserts so yummy!

  25. Amy, (Green Light Baking) says:

    From one baker to another— if you put a heaping tablespoon of powdered milk into the mix before you start whipping, it does not change the taste or texture at all but the result is a stabilized whipped cream that holds its shape for days. You can use it to pipe pretty swirls, stars, etc. and it holds its shape as long as it’s chilled and then doesn’t get melty/soft as soon as it would otherwise. Game changer for adding whipped cream accents the night before to pumpkin pie!!

    1. Great tip, T
      Thanks! I’m always afraid to make whipped cream too far in advance

    2. Maria Cordeiro says:

      Thank you so much, I have heard that before but never the reason why, it is a good idea.

  26. Beth StGermain says:

    If I use confectioners sugar, should I sift it before measuring since it has a tendency to clump up in the bag?

    1. If it looks particularly clumpy, I would sift it.

  27. This was amazing! I don’t have a mixer, so I put it in the blend and pulsed twice, and then went to the highest speed. This recipe and the ratio’s she came up with for the cool whip is absolutely great! I have tried a few recipes this year, and this one is hands down, the greatest. I could not stop licking the spatula.

  28. Gabriel Peña says:

    I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Do you think this whipped cream is able to be dyed with Americolor gel coloring or would it get ruined with the food dye? Thanks!

    1. Hi Dani, you can add a couple drops of gel food coloring with the rest of the ingredients– that’s no problem.

  30. Sequoia White says:

    Every saturday and Sunday, I wake up before 10 p.m. and make this recipe for the cookies I bake. My parent ALWAYS ask me to give this recipe to others.

    1. This was super easy and so delicious! I made this to go on top of your pumpkin swirl cheesecake! I popped my metal mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer last night and took them out to make the whipped cream this morning. I doubled it and added 1 and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon!!

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