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!
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.
Perfect Whipped Cream Recipe
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.
How to Make Whipped Cream
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.
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 it Flavored
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 to your whipped cream. 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 your whipped cream a bit longer than one minute to reach the stiff peak stage. However, take care to not over beat your whipped cream as it can quickly become butter.
Can I Make it Last a Bit Longer in the Refrigerator?
Yes! You can do so by stabilizing your homemade whipped cream.
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 fresh whipped cream 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.
Here’s my Perfect Whipped Cream recipe. I hope you love it! It’s a great topping on fresh fruit, desserts (think strawberry shortcakes!) and so much more!
Perfect Whipped Cream Recipe
- 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.