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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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings (1/4 cup each)
Calories 111kcal


  • 1 cup heavy cream cold (see note 1)
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract optional (see note 2)


  • 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. 


  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 1/4 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.
  6. Chill everything: You want cold heavy cream, yes. But you also want a cold mixer bowl and beater, for best results.
  7. 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!
  8. Mixer-free whip: To make this by hand, 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.
  9. 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, Strawberry Shortcake, Croissant French Toast, or Irish Coffee.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 23mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 437IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg