How to Make Whipped Cream

You can whisk by hand, using a hand mixer, or using a stand mixer. If you make whipped cream using a stand mixer, be very careful of over-whipping.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time:
  • Bowl chilling time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: about 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

1 Begin whipping the cream: Place a large bowl on top of a bag of frozen vegetables. Pour cold heavy whipped cream in the cold bowl. I use a hand whisk because it's easier to control how thick my whipped cream becomes. If you use a hand mixer, start at a low speed, and increase it as the cream thickens. Commence whipping.

Easy Homemade Whipped Cream - green bowl with heavy whipping cream and whisk

2 Add the sugar: Once the cream has thickened, but is not quite to soft peak stage, add the sugar. Continue whipping.

Easy Homemade Whipped Cream - green bowl with whipped cream adding sugar and whisking

3 Add flavoring: Continue whipping until the cream is just about as soft or as stiff as you want it, then add the vanilla extract (or any other flavorings you'd like to add).

Easy Homemade Whipped Cream green bowl with whipped cream and person adding vanilla

4 Use or store: Whipped cream is best if used right away. If you need to save it, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator; you may need to re-whip slightly just before serving.

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