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This is the BEST Whipped Cream Frosting recipe for frosting desserts. It’s easy to make and it’s more stable than regular whipped cream, so it’s perfect if you need to frost cupcakes or cakes in advance.

I’ve been making this for strawberry shortcake cakes for years but I also love it on all desserts. This will be your new favorite frosting recipe!

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Table of Contents
  1. Stabilized Whipped Cream frosting for Cake Decorating
  2. Sturdy Whipped Cream Frosting Ingredients
  3. How to Make Whipped Cream Frosting
  4. Can I use half and half or light cream instead of heavy whipping cream?
  5. How long does whipped cream frosting last?
  6. Can I pipe this frosting?
  7. Ways to use this frosting recipe
  8. Whipped Cream Frosting Recipe

Stabilized Whipped Cream frosting for Cake Decorating

I love whipped cream, but using it as a frosting isn’t always my favorite way to use it. If you’ve ever used it to decorate cakes and cupcakes you might have noticed that it doesn’t hold well for very long. It’s great if you plan to serve a dessert right away, but if you want to frost them ahead of time it’s not always the best choice. It tends to break down and weep, which means it releases moisture. So not good.

The good news is that you can have that fresh whipped cream flavor in a frosting AND make it so it’s stable and holds its shape. You just need to know the secret and I think you’re going to love it! This whipped cream frosting is my favorite frosting recipe to use when I want a light and creamy frosting.

Sturdy Whipped Cream Frosting Ingredients

For this recipe we’re basically making a cream cheese whipped cream. It works perfectly every time and it’s great if you need to make a whipped cream icing ahead of time because it holds up. I’m so excited to show you how to make frosting with heavy whipping cream – it’s seriously the best! Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Softened cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cold heavy whipping cream

The cream cheese is the secret for making stable whipped cream frosting. If you leave it out, you’re basically making whipped cream. Adding it in thickens the frosting and gives it structure.

Be sure to let it soften before you use it. Just leave it out at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before you make the frosting. It will be much easier to mix if it’s soft.

I’ve tested this recipe with granulated sugar and powdered sugar and I prefer the powdered sugar. I often save unused frosting in the refrigerator and it seems to hold up better when I make it with powdered sugar. If you only have granulated sugar, you can use it but the leftovers may not keep as well.

Unlike the cream cheese, you want your heavy cream to be very cold when you make this frosting. Cold whipped cream is easier and quicker to whip into a light and fluffy state.

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How to Make Whipped Cream Frosting

You can use a handheld mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment for this recipe.

  1. Beat the cream cheese until it’s smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla.
  2. Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until the mixture is smooth and thick.
  3. Adjust the speed to medium-high and slowly add the heavy cream. Whip the mixture until it holds stiff peaks. You can test it by lifting the whisk (or beaters). The frosting should lift up and hold its shape without collapsing back into itself.
  4. The frosting will look like regular whipped cream except with a thicker consistency.
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Can I use half and half or light cream instead of heavy whipping cream?

For this recipe, you definitely want to use heavy whipping cream. Lighter creams or half and half won’t work as well.

How long does whipped cream frosting last?

If you aren’t planning to use the frosting right away store it in an airtight container. It will keep well in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Can I pipe this frosting?

Yes, it’s perfect for piping! Sometimes I go for a rustic look and dollop and spread it on cupcakes and cakes, but it’s great if you want to pipe it because it’s thick and sturdy.

Once you know how to make whipped cream frosting, you’ll want to use it again and again for all of your favorite desserts. It’s so creamy and pretty much goes with anything! When I want a stabilized whipped cream it’s the recipe I turn to – I hope you love it, too!

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Whipped Cream Frosting

4.67 from 56 votes
Making Whipped Cream Frosting for a stable whipped cream – this easy frosting recipe is perfect for cakes, cupcakes, no bake desserts or even just to top fruit!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream cold

Instructions

  • Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth and thick using a hand or a stand mixer (use the whisk attachment on a stand mixer).
  • While mixing on medium-high speed, slowly add the heavy whipping cream. Continue whipping until the frosting forms stiff peaks. It’ll resemble whipped cream but be thicker.
  • Frost as desired.
  • Store in refrigerator for up to 2 days in an airtight container.

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Recipe Notes

You can use granulated sugar but I prefer powdered because I feel like it is more stable when refrigerating leftover frosting for later use.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 84mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1255IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword frosting, whipped cream
Whipped cream frosting in a blue bowl with recipe title on top

Whipped Cream Frosting is a great stable whipped cream for decorating cakes and cupcakes. This easy recipe is made with cream cheese, powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream and is one of the best frostings ever!

Last Updated on May 3, 2022

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    1. If you want to pile it high with a piping tip, I’d say about 18 or so but if you’re just frosting with a knife, then you can do at least 24.

  1. Question: What about adding some crushed pineapple with it’s juice? Would that be work? Looking to use as a filling between layers of like an angel food cake

    1. I think that would make the filling too wet, but you could use the pineapple as the filling and just frost the outside with the frosting?

  2. Which food coloring base do you use for the whipped icing water base or can you use oil? Which one is the best for it?
    I’m doing the cupcakes and the cake for my daughter’s college graduation party.
    And she loved whipped icing. I usual use buttercream. But with this recipe I’m gonna try it instead. But I am going to do a trail run first to make sure I’ve gotten it down correctly.

    1. I prefer gel coloring because it’s brighter, uses less to get the color you want, and won’t add too much liquid.

  3. Really enjoyed the flavor but I think I messed up somewhere… so I beat the cream cheese with the whisk attachment, added vanilla, added powdered sugar and beat together. Then I drizzled in the heavy cream while it was whisking on medium high speed. After just a couple minutes it was just about perfect with stiff peaks and smoothness. While letting it still go, I walked away for not even another minute and came back to it looking deflated-ish and the texture looked less smooth… so I stopped it. I took maybe a cup of what I had and put it back in my mixing bowl and back on med high to test if it just needed longer. It became soupy… any ideas what I did? I can’t believe that just a minute difference took it from perfect to runny. The rest that I hadn’t added back in to whip longer worked to at least give my cake a light coating but even after being in the fridge for 1-2 hours, it didn’t go back to being as stable as I needed it. 🙁

    1. It may have been over whipped. Whipped cream turns to butter/buttermilk when it goes too long so I can only assume it was mixed too much and you got a version of buttermilk.

  4. The cream cheese to me was a bit heavy. It was good but I was looking for a lighter frosting. Any ideas
    Thank you

    1. I know there are some recipes that add gelatin to just plain heavy whipped cream (plus sugar+vanilla) but I haven’t ever tried that. I have made regular whipped cream and added about 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar and it’ll stay stiff for much longer than regular. You don’t taste it either (photographers secret, ha!)

  5. Sorry I misspelled some word what I meant was can I heat it up a little to soften so I can pour it on the edges of the cake

  6. Flavor excellent. Not too sweet. I hate when the frosting is so much sweeter than the cake itself. It came up a little stiff for me. I may try modifying the recipe to use less cream cheese so that it has more of a whipped cream texture, less stiff. We shall see. Overall a nice alternative to buttercream.👍