Make the Perfect Whipped Cream recipe every time with these steps and tips! With just three ingredients, it’s so easy to make it fresh any time for the best desserts! 

Glass bowl full of fluffy, Perfect Whipped Cream //

How to Make Whipped Cream

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times a year I make whipped cream. It is really one of those recipes that I turn to time and again and could practically make with my eyes closed. A basic recipe, yet it’s the best and it only takes a few minutes to make. It has just three ingredients, but yet there is one essential step for getting the perfect whipped cream recipe every single time.

But first, let’s start with the basics.

To make it, you’ll need just three ingredients. You’ll need:

  • heavy whipping cream – I prefer to use heavy whipping cream vs. whipping cream as I find that it holds its shape longer and produces as creamier result. It also works well if you plan to pipe your whipped cream or to use to fill pastries.
  • sweetener – you are able to choose your favorite sweetener to use. I generally use confectioner’s sugar or honey or maple syrup. Confectioner’s sugar provides the most classic and flavor neutral sweetener of this list.
  • flavorings – the options for flavoring are endless! My go-to for classic whipped cream is to use vanilla extract. You can also flavor with liquors, other extracts, and spices.
Ingredients for Whipped Cream - measuring cup of heavy whipping cream, glass bottle of Vanilla Extract and ceramic teaspoon of powdered sugar, all on stone counter sprinkled with some powdered sugar //

Essential Tip

To make it perfect every single time, you must start cold. Then go high.

That’s it. That’s the trick. It’s sounds simple, but it’s oh so important.

Start Cold
You begin by putting your mixing bowl and whisk, (yes, even those to your electric mixer) in the freezer for about 20 minutes to get as cold as possible. You’ll also want to make sure that your heavy whipping cream is as cold as possible, too.

Go High
Then, you pour all of your ingredients into your super chilled mixing bowl and whisk together on high speed for about a minute until stiff peaks form. And, you are done!

No fussing about with it, no testing. You’re done!

How to Make Flavored Whipped Cream

If you’d like to add another flavor to your recipe, you can switch it out with the vanilla extract, taste it and add a bit more if you think it is needed. Coconut rum and bourbon immediately come to mind as substitutes that people frequently use as well.

You can also use honey or maple syrup in place of the sugar which also adds their own flavor where you may decide that you don’t need to add anything else. Believe me, it tastes out of this world with both of those exchanges.

If you do add more liquid to the recipe, you may need to whip a bit longer than one minute to reach the stiff peak stage. However, take care to not over beat as it can quickly become butter.

  • Coconut Rum – Replace vanilla extract with the same amount coconut rum
  • Bourbon – Replace vanilla extract with the same amount bourbon
  • Honey – Replace the sugar with honey
  • Maple – Replace the sugar with maple syrup
  • Cinnamon – Add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In addition to the above recipe substitutions where the vanilla or sugar is replaced, the following options keep those ingredients, with some delicious additions.

Chocolate Whipped Cream

To make a chocolate version of this recipe, just simply whisk 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder with the sugar and follow the recipe as written. All other ingredients and instructions remain the same.

Strawberry Whipped Cream

To make strawberry version, follow recipe as written until soft peaks form. Then, add 1/4 cup chilled strawberry jam or puree and beat again until medium peaks form again. If not using immediately, store, covered, in the refrigerator. 

How to Make Stabilized Whipped Cream

Yes! To make stabilized homemade whipped cream, you will want to use an additional ingredient to help it last longer in the refrigerator. I like to use cream of tartar if I know that I will be making mine well in advance of serving. While it is best served immediately, by adding a little cream of tartar to your heavy whipping cream, it will generally last much longer in the refrigerator.

For each cup of heavy whipping cream, add 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar along with the confectioner’s sugar when whipping.

What to Serve it With

White plate served with Strawberry Shortcake with whipped cream in between and atop the biscuits along with ripe strawberry slices //

Here’s my Perfect Whipped Cream recipe. I hope you love it! It’s a great topping on fresh fruit, desserts (think strawberry shortcakes, pumpkin pie and so much more!) and so much more!

Make the Perfect Whipped Cream recipe every time with these steps and tips! With just three ingredients, it's so easy to make it fresh any time for the best desserts! //

Perfect Whipped Cream Recipe

Perfect whipped cream recipe is one of those essential recipes you need. This recipe gives all the steps you need to make perfect whipped cream every time.
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Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Servings: 16 servings (2 cups)
Course Dessert
Calories: 57kcal
Serving Size 2tbsp
Cuisine American, French
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, honey, or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or other flavorings or liquors


  • Place mixer bowl and whisk in freezer for at least 20 minutes to chill.
  • Pour heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla into the cold bowl and whisk on high speed until medium to stiff peaks form, about 1 minute.
  • Do not over beat.


For stabilized whipped cream that will hold longer in the refrigerator, add 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar to your fresh whipping cream along with the confectioner’s sugar. 
Chocolate Whipped Cream – Whisk 3 tablespoons cocoa powder with the sugar and follow the recipe as written above. 
Strawberry Whipped Cream  – Make recipe as written above until soft peaks form. Add 1/4 cup chilled strawberry jam or puree and beat until medium peaks form again. If not using immediately, store, covered, in the refrigerator. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 10mg
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333 Comments Leave a comment or review

    1. If you are wanting a stabilized whipped cream, make sure you add the cream of tartar recommended in the Notes section of the recipe, Beverly.

  1. Certainly appreciate your added tips! Right as I was going to ask what I should do in terms of prolonging the life of the whipped cream, you answered it promptly, and succinctly. Ugh, thank you Robyn!

  2. How do I make cocoanut cream? What portion of cocoanut do I add to the basic recipe?

    1. Anna, if you want to make coconut whipped cream, you would need to buy canned coconut cream, chill it, and use the hardened coconut cream instead of the heavy cream.

  3. How long will it last without cream of tarter? Plan to make whipped cream for cheesecake topping. Need to make in the morning and won’t serve until 9 hours later. Will it be okay?

  4. The main recipe just says sugar, but in your notes you mention confectioner’s sugar. Which kind of sugar should be used?

    1. You can use any of the sweeteners listed in the recipe, Patrick. Some use granulated sugar but I prefer confectioner’s sugar. Hope you enjoy!

    1. Gloria, you can freeze the whipped cream. I would place large spoonfuls on parchment lined baking sheet and flash freeze. Once the whipped cream is frozen, you can then place in freezer safe containers and freeze. When ready to use, thaw about 15 to 20 minutes. I hope this helps.

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