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Perfect Whipped Cream Recipe

Fresh whipped cream is so easy to make and it's so easy to adapt for your recipe. Add simple flavorings to your whipped cream for endless variations!
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $5


  • 1 cup (237ml) cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (14g) powdered sugar


  • It is important to start with cold bowls and whisks. This recipe can be made with a stand mixer using the whisk attachment or a hand mixer using regular beaters. Place your bowl and whisk/beaters in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes before making whipped cream.
  • Place cold heavy whipping cream in the cold bowl. Attach your whisk attachment (or beaters) and beat on high speed (6 or 8 with a stand mixer) until the mixture thickens. Slowly add the powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Continue mixing on high until stiff peaks form. You may want to stop part way through and wipe down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. If you’re using a stand mixer it will take just a few minutes to get to stiff peaks. The whipped cream should be able to stay in its position when you turn the whisk attachment upside down.
  • Store in a sealed container for up to one day. This is best used the same day it’s made.

For Chocolate Whipped Cream:

  • Add 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder with the powdered sugar and vanilla.

For Lemon or Lime Whipped Cream:

  • Fold in 3 tablespoons of room temperature lemon or lime curd after the whipped cream is made.
  • OR, add 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract and 1 tablespoon lemon zest to the whipped cream while mixing.

For Coffee Whipped Cream:

  • Fold in 1 tablespoon of cold brewed coffee after the whipped cream is made. Tip: make mocha whipped cream by combining chocolate and coffee!

For Peanut Butter Whipped Cream:

  • Add 1 tablespoon of creamy peanut butter with the powdered sugar and vanilla.



  • The most important thing about making my whipped cream recipe is to always start with COLD tools: a cold bowl and a cold whisk or beaters. Chill them for 30 minutes before starting. This helps the whipped cream set up faster.
  • Make sure you use heavy whipping cream for best results.
  • Always use pure extracts when possible. If you can find vanilla bean paste you can use that too.
  • Tools: When making whipped cream you can do it by hand with a whisk, using a hand mixer or a stand mixer. The different methods will take different amounts of time. By hand will take the longest, and the mixers will shorten the process.
  • Don't walk away from whipped cream while it's mixing, especially when using a strong stand mixer. A minute too long and your whipped cream will start to turn into butter.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg

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