A Guide To Whipped Cream Recipes

Whipped cream and whisk machine
The best part about making whipped cream at home is that it requires very few ingredients. Also, most of these ingredients might be already a part of your kitchen pantry. Unlike store-bought whipped cream tubs, homemade ones do not have any preservatives or harmful ingredients.

To make whipped cream, you need:

    •       Heavy Whipping Cream or Heavy Cream: Heavy cream is the most critical element in this recipe. Make sure that you pick a whipping cream/heavy cream that’s heavy on fat. Whipping cream with a fat content of 30% or more will do the magic.
    •       Confectioners Sugar: We recommend you use confectioners sugar instead of granulated sugar. Confectioners sugar prevents the cream from weeping when it sits out.
    •       Vanilla Extract: Without vanilla extract, your whipped cream will taste bland. Adding vanilla extract will add a rich flavor to the whipped cream.

How Do I Make Whipped Cream From Scratch?

Making whipped cream from scratch is a straightforward process. You have to use three ingredients – vanilla extract, sugar, and heavy whipping cream. Using a stand mixture, whisk all these ingredients until they form stiff peaks.

Here’s everything you need to know about making whipped cream from scratch:

General Information

    •   Calories: 351 Kcal
    •   Serves: 15

 

Ingredients

    •   1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract or any other flavouring of your choice 
    •   12 ounces cream cheese (optional)
    •   1.5 powdered sugar
    •   4.13 cups heavy cream, cold

 

Instructions

    •       Step 1: Place the powdered sugar and cream cheese in a large bowl. Beat both the ingredients on medium speed until the texture is smooth.
    •       Step 2: Switch the mixer to low-medium speed. You can start to pour the heavy in a slow and steady stream. Make sure to pause now and then to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
    •       Step 3: When all the ingredients are well blended, switch the mixer up to medium-high speed. Keep whipping the cream until the frosting can create stiff peaks.
    •       Step 4: Fold in your favourite flavouring or vanilla extract.
Cake frosting with sprinkles on top
Cake frosting with sprinkles on top. Background photo created by rawpixel.com – www.freepik.com

 

Tools Needed to Make Whipped Cream

You don’t require a lot of tools to make whipped cream. First, you need a big steel/glass bowl. Make sure that this bowl is chilled for the best results.

Now, coming to the whipping part, you require a beater or a whisk. You may use a hand whisk for the task. However, it takes a significantly longer time to whip cream with a hand whisk. It is better to use the whisk attachment on your stand mixer to whip the cream.

Stand mixers take typically only a couple of minutes to whip the cream. Also, chill the whisk attachments for an hour.

 

Whipped Cream Recipe

There’s nothing as tasty as billowing mounds of whipped cream freshly prepared at home. In this section, we’ll spill our secrets for different whipped cream recipes. These foolproof recipes will turn you into a whipped cream pro!

Take a look at the different recipes to make the whipped cream:

 

1.     With Milk

If you do not have heavy cream or whipping cream available, don’t fret! You can still make whipped cream with an ingredient that is readily available in your kitchen! You guessed it right – it’s milk! Here’s how to make whipped cream with milk:

 

Ingredients

    •   Whole cream milk (cold)
    •   Unflavored gelatin
    •   Vanilla extract
    •   Powdered Sugar

 

Procedure

    •   Step 1: Sprinkle the unflavored gelatin into the milk. Let it settle for 10 mins so that it becomes slightly firm.
    •   Step 2: Microwave the gelatine and milk mixture for at least 10 seconds. Let it cool after microwaving.
    •   Step 3: Once the gelatin dissolves, leave the bowl aside. Pour and combine cold milk, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and the gelatine mixture.
    •   Step 4: Refrigerate the combined ingredients for 20 minutes.
    •   Step 5: Take the bowl out of the fridge and use a hand mixer to whip it. Continue beating until it forms stiff peaks.

 

2.     Almond Milk

If you are a no-dairy person, you don’t need to deprive yourself of whipped cream. This recipe uses almond milk as the primary ingredient for whipped cream!

 

Ingredients

    •   Almond milk
    •   Cornstarch
    •   Agar-agar or Xanthan gum
    •   Sugar
    •   Vanilla essence

 

Procedure

    •   Step 1: Take almond milk, cornstarch, vanilla essence, and agar-agar in a small saucepan. Place the saucepan over a double boiler and whisk the ingredients on low heat.
    •   Step 2: Remove the saucepan from the heat and continue to whisk the ingredients until it’s fluffy and thick. Let the mixture rest for 5 mins and whisk again.
    •   Step 3: Now, add the sugar and whisk it again. Once again, let the mixture rest for 5 mins and whisk it again. Repeat the rest-and-whisk step until you get the desired texture.
    •   Step 4: After finding the desired consistency and texture, place the plastic wrap on the saucepan, and store it in the fridge.

 

3.     Keto

Regular whipped cream might not be suitable for a keto diet. Here’s how you can enjoy whipped cream while following a keto diet: 

 

Ingredients

    •   Heavy whipping cream
    •   Stevia glycerite
    •   Pure vanilla extract

 

Procedure

    •   Step 1: Take your stand mixture and use the whisk attachment.
    •   Step 2: Place all the ingredients in the chilled stand mixer’s bowl.
    •   Step 3: Whisk the ingredients at medium-low speed for a couple of minutes. Switch to high speed to form soft stiff peaks.
    •   Step 4: Pour the whipped cream into a piping bag for immediate use. Alternatively, freeze it for future use.
Whipped cream into piping bag
Whipped cream into piping bag. Image taken from https://www.freepik.com

 

4.     Flavoured

Many individuals prefer different flavours of whipped cream for their desserts. This recipe will teach you how to flavour your whipped cream to fit other desserts and dishes.

 

Ingredients

    •   Chilled heavy whipping cream
    •   Powdered sugar
    •   Vanilla Extract
    •   Your favourite flavouring

 

Procedure

    •   Step 1: Use the “whisk” attachment on your stand mixture. Also, chill the mixing bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer for 10 mins.
    •   Step 2: Pour the whipping cream, sugar, vanilla extract into the chilled mixer bowl. Beat the ingredients using a stand mixer at medium-low speed until the mixture thickens. Scrape the sides of your bowl periodically. After 2 mins, switch to high speed and continue to whisk for another minute.
    •   Step 3: Pour the whipped cream into the piping bag for decorating cakes or topping desserts. Or, store it in a container and freeze it.

 

Flavoring Options

    •   Espresso
    •   Cinnamon
    •   Salted caramel
    •   Peppermint
    •   Lemon
    •   Peanut butter
    •   Berry
    •   Maple
    •   Chocolate

Tips for Making the Best Homemade Whipped Cream

    •   Cold Ingredients: The whipped cream doesn’t have a chance to form a stiff peak if the ingredients are warm or at room temperature. The cream should not get warm at any point in the process. Make sure you use chilled cream straight out of the fridge.
    •   Use Metal Bowl for Mixing: The reason that you should metal bowls is that they can hold cold temperatures for long. Metal bowls will retain the chilled temperature of your ingredients.
    •   Scrape the Bowls Periodically: Most people make the mistake of running through the process just because it is simple. Keep an eye on the bowl and scrape off the ingredients from the side of the bowl. Doing this will ensure an evenly whipped cream.
    •   Be Careful: Once the cream starts to thicken, you have to be careful. Over-whisking the cream is a costly mistake you cannot afford to make. As the cream hardens, it can go from soft peaks to a grainy texture in no time.

 

FAQs

What can whipping cream be used for?

You can use whipped cream in different ways. One of the most common uses of whipped cream is to make frosting for cakes, desserts, and pies. You can also use it as an ingredient for sauces, soups, and beverages.

Another way to enjoy whipped cream is to pipe some of it on your hot cocoa. Some individuals also use whipped cream to make a decadent pasta sauce. You may also upgrade the taste of your scrambled eggs with some extra whipped cream.

 

How long will whipped cream last?

Whipped cream can last for about two days to as long as three months. The lasting of your whipped cream depends on different factors. For example, it depends on the preparation method you use to make the whipped cream.

At room temperature, whipped cream can last for only two hours or even less. On the other hand, it’ll last for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. You can also store it in the freezer and use it for up to 2-3 months.

 

Is whipping cream the same as heavy cream?

The primary difference between the two dairy products is the fat content. But, you can use them interchangeably in cooking most of the time.

The labeling standards of the Food and Drug Administration states that heavy cream should at least contain 36% milk fat. In comparison, whipping cream doesn’t have high milk fat. The fat content in whipping cream may only be around 30-36%.

 

What can you use instead of whipping cream?

If you are craving a dessert and don’t have whipping cream, there’s no need to change your plans. Fortunately, there are many substitutes to save your day. You can use these substitutes if whipping cream happens to be out of stock while cooking or baking:

    •   Milk and butter
    •   Lemon juice, dry milk, and vanilla
    •   Egg white and banana
    •   Chilled evaporated milk
    •   Frozen, non-dairy topping
    •   Flour, cornstarch, and milk
    •   Coffee creamer and milk

 

Does whipped cream harden in the fridge?

Yes, the whipped cream will harden once you put it in the refrigerator or freezer. If you have some extra whipped cream left after frosting your cakes or cooking, you can store the leftovers in the fridge.

Storing whipped cream in the fridge will harden and stabilize it even further. Surprisingly, whipped cream freezes and thaws pretty well. Whenever you want to use the stored whipped cream, you can let it sit out on the countertop 15 minutes before using it.

 

Can heavy cream be whipped?

If you have some heavy cream lying around, you can surely turn it into whipped cream. The procedure for whipping heavy cream and whipping cream is similar. It’s also worth mentioning that heavy cream holds better. The whipped cream from heavy cream is sturdier.

However, for best results, make sure to pick a whipped cream with high-fat content. The texture of heavy cream after beating will be better than that of whipping cream.

 

How do you get whipping cream to thicken?

Everyone expects their whipped cream to last in strong, stiff, and thick peaks. However, there might be times where whipping cream doesn’t whip as desired. Thankfully, you don’t have to discard the whipping cream.

Here are a few ways to thicken whipping cream:

    •   Add gelatine to stabilize and thicken whipping cream
    •   Adding cream of tartar to thicken whipping cream
    •   Flour or cornstarch also do a great job of thickening whipping cream
    •   The starch in confectioners sugar also helps the whipping cream to thicken
    •   Pudding mix is another way to stabilize and thicken whipping cream

 

Can I add anything to single cream to make it whip?

Unfortunately, single cream is generally challenging to whip. It is because the fat content in single cream is low. Due to the low-fat content, the cream will not hold any air. If you keep whipping it, it will eventually turn into butter.

However, you can add equal amounts of melted butter in single cream to create a substitute. After blending both single cream and butter, freeze them for 2 hours. After they chill well, whip them while they’re still cold.

 

Wrap Up

So, now you know how to make fresh, smooth, and luscious whipped cream at home! Now, you can make tons of desserts and beverages using freshly prepared whipped cream. You no longer have to rely on expensive store-bought whipped cream packs.

Moreover, the homemade whipped cream recipe will take you less than ten minutes to make. These recipes will be a game-changer for you. With just three ingredients and an electric mixer, you’ll have more decadent whipped cream. 

 

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