How to Make Whipped Cream

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By mixer or by hand, I’ll teach you how to make whipped cream (so much better than canned!) with 3 ingredients and in 5 minutes! Use this homemade whipped cream in shortcakes, pies, sundaes, and so much more.

A bowl filled with piped whipped cream.

For desserts and drinks that are truly over-the-top, you need to make your own whipped cream. What it lacks in convenience, it makes up for in cool, creamy richness that is never properly imitated by the store-bought cans.

My biggest tip is to chill the bowl and whisk first, and ideally, the heavy cream too. 10 to 15 minutes in the freezer for all of it will make a huge difference in your efficiency and end result.

Recipe ingredients

Labeled whipped cream ingredients.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Ingredient notes

  • Heavy cream: Chill in the freezer for at least 15 minutes before whipping to ensure the ultimate fluffy results and easiest whip.
  • Vanilla extract: This is completely optional. You could swap in almond extract, peppermint extract, orange extract, or any other flavor that pairs nicely with how you plan to use the whipped cream. Or, stir in a flavored spirit such as Limoncello like I did for this Lemon Cake with Limoncello Cream.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. For best results, chill metal mixing bowl and metal whisk in freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.
A chilled mixing bowl and whisk for making whipped cream.
  1. Combine cream, sugar, and vanilla (if using) in mixing bowl and beat until soft peaks form, 3 to 4 minutes, or until stiff peaks form, about 6 to 8 minutes (the stiffness of the peaks depends on what you want for your particular application). Whipped cream can be stored covered, in the refrigerator, for 10 hours. 
Cream beaten to soft peaks.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipes makes 2 cups, enough to garnish approximately 8 individual servings of dessert or drinks with ¼ cup whipped cream each.
  • Storage: Store any extra whipped cream in the refrigerator, covered, and use within 10 hours (it’s dreamy atop Baked French Toast the next morning!).
  • Make ahead: Homemade Whipped Cream is best made just before you plan to use it, but it can be reserved up to 10 hours, covered, in the refrigerator.
  • Chill everything: You want cold heavy cream, yes. But you also want a cold mixer bowl and beater, for best results.
  • Speed limit: If you’re using a stand-mixer or hand mixer, medium-high is ideal. If the speed is too low, you’ll be there all day (and the cream may never quite whip). If your mixer speed is too high, you’ll end up with butter!
  • Put it to delicious use: Homemade Whipped Cream is a treat to savor by the spoonful straight from the bowl. Or enjoy it on all your favorite drinks, desserts, and brunches, like Cream Puffs, Key Lime Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Chocolate Mousse, Pumpkin Cheesecake (or any cheesecake), Black Forest Cake, Angel Food Cake, Croissant French Toast, or Irish Coffee.
Strawberry crepes on a blue plate.
A plate of Strawberry Crepes with whipped cream.

Recipe FAQs

Can you make whipped cream in advance?

Homemade Whipped Cream is best made right before you plan to use it, but you can make it up to 10 hours in advance. Just store it covered in the refrigerator.

Can you make whipped cream by hand?

For mixer-free whipped cream, chill a large bowl, whisk, and cream well before mixing (30 minutes in the refrigerator or 15 minutes in the freezer). Add the cream to the bowl, and use a whisk to beat the cream back and forth until soft peaks form. Once you have soft peaks, add the sugar and continue whipping until medium peaks form. If you whip the cream too much, fold in a little liquid cream (1 tablespoon at a time) until you have the right consistency.

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Add a dollop of whipped cream

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A bowl filled with piped whipped cream.

How to Make Whipped Cream

By mixer or by hand, I'll teach you how to make whipped cream (so much better than canned!) with 3 ingredients and in 5 minutes! Use this homemade whipped cream in shortcakes, pies, sundaes, and so much more.
Author: Meggan Hill
5 from 3 votes
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 8 servings (¼ cup each)
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 111

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • For best results, chill metal mixing bowl and metal whisk in freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Combine cream, sugar, and vanilla (if using) in mixing bowl and beat until soft peaks form, 3 to 4 minutes, or until stiff peaks form, about 6 to 8 minutes (the stiffness of the peaks depends on what you want for your particular application). 
  • Whipped cream can be stored covered, in the refrigerator, for 10 hours. 

Notes

  1. Heavy cream: Chill in the freezer for at least 15 minutes before whipping to ensure the ultimate fluffy results and easiest whip.
  2. Vanilla extract: This is completely optional. Alternatively, you could swap in almond extract, peppermint extract, orange extract, or any other flavor that pairs nicely with how you plan to use the whipped cream.
  3. Yield: This recipes makes 2 cups, enough to garnish approximately 8 individual servings of dessert or drinks with ¼ cup whipped cream each.
  4. Storage: Store any extra whipped cream in the refrigerator, covered, and use within 10 hours (it’s dreamy atop Baked French Toast the next morning!).
  5. Make ahead: Homemade Whipped Cream is best made just before you plan to use it, but it can be reserved up to 10 hours, covered, in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 11mgPotassium: 23mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 437IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Yummy!! I have always wanted to try making my own whipped cream and this recipe was so simple. Never buying pre-made whipped cream again!5 stars