How to Make Whipped Cream at Home

If you’ve never made your own whipped cream before, I am SO excited for you to learn! This recipe is so easy, I swear you’ll be putting whipped cream on everything. Jump to Recipe

A small glass bowl filled with a heaping swirl of whipped cream

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This recipe is a staple in our house. It levels up every dessert and makes it seem like something fancy.

Dessert should be fancy right?

Not only is it a little bit fancy, but it also tastes AMAZING! (You don’t even have to tell how easy it is, just let people think you are a magician in the kitchen!)

Once you learn how to make it at home, I really don’t think you’ll ever need to buy a can or tub of pre-made whipped cream again!

This whipped cream recipe will not let you down!

In addition to tasting like HAPPY, this recipe is called a “stabilized whipped cream recipe” because it will hold its shape for days and days without losing form!

Stabilized whipped cream was mandatory in the Sweet Bytes bakery because nothing is sadder than soggy whipped cream… or the people you serve it to…

However, I used to use gelatin to make my whipped cream stable. Doing that involved liquifying gelatin and adding it to the thickening whipped cream without having the gelatin turn into gelatinous clumps in the whipped cream. There was a real art to it.

So when I learned about this simple way to make it stabilized, I had to try it!

I even ran a very scientific experiment, just to make sure this whipped cream could stand up to “tastes like happy” while still looking pretty.

This recipe made mama proud, just look at these pics!

5 pictures of the same bowl of whipped cream on 5 different days to show how well this recipe lasts

Are you sold on trying this homemade whipped cream recipe yet? Let’s get to it!

What equipment and tools are needed to make whipped cream?

  1. Mixer or stand mixer
  2. Large, chilled mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl
  3. Measuring cups
  4. Measuring spoons

What ingredients do you need to make your own whipped cream at home?

  1. Heavy cream or whipping cream
  2. Powdered sugar
  3. Nonfat milk powder
  4. Vanilla

Why nonfat milk powder?

I don’t want to make up a reason. Truthfully, I’m not sure why this works. I knew why the gelatin worked. It was made to hold the shape and is used in mousse recipes and all sorts of dishes to hold a shape and mold. This, however, is not so clear.

The best answer that I have found is that it adds protein to the mixture which supports the cream when it is whipped. If you know an answer, please, I’d love to know in the comments below.

If you are wondering where to get it, it’s just sold at the grocery store. It’s called powdered milk or instant milk and comes on a box or bag. Usually, I find it near the baking ingredients and other canned milk. It looks like this- Instant Nonfat Dry Milk

What’s the difference in heavy cream and whipping cream?

According to The Joy of Baking, heavy cream has more fat than whipping cream. Heavy cream is 36% – 40% fat and whipping cream is 30% fat. You can also use Double cream, which is 48% fat, but I don’t usually see that in the grocery stores in Oklahoma City.

The heavy cream will perform the best, so get that if you can. I’ve been really happy with Aldi’s brand, even compared to some major name brands such as Land O’Lakes.

I just looked at my carton in the fridge, and Aldi’s is called “heavy whipping cream.”

You cannot use half and half or regular milk with this recipe, they don’t have enough fat to whip up or hold their shape.

How to make whipped cream at home

To make your own homemade whipped cream, assemble all of your equipment and ingredients, make sure you are ready.

Next, all you have to do is pour the heavy whipping cream into your large mixing bowl, add the powdered sugar, powdered milk, and vanilla.

With the whisk attachment fitted to your mixer, turn the mixer on low. Run it on low for about 30 seconds to incorporate all of the ingredients without making a mess. Slowly bring your mixer up to medium-high speed.

I don’t take the mixer all the way to high when I am making whipped cream. One of my little secrets is that the whipped cream is “creamier” when I mix it to completion on a lower speed.

Plus, if you mix whipped cream too long, you end up with butter. Yeah, regular old butter.

If you end up with butter, some people say you can add more cream and bring it back, but I haven’t ever been happy with the results… believe me I have tried…. cried.. and had to go buy more cream many times.

So, don’t go anywhere, just watch the magic happening. When you start to see ripples in the bowl and the whipped cream thickening, turn off the mixer and give the bowl a good scraping. Then resume mixing.

Keep mixing until you see the whipped cream looking right. Turn off the mixer and scrape the bowl one more time. The whipped cream at the bottom of the bowl is always a little too soft if I stop here, so I give it a stir and mix again for just about 10 -20 seconds.

You don’t want to overmix it, but if you under mix it that’s bad too, so just keep going until the cream will hold a soft peak. Beautiful.

Whipped Cream

It's so easy to make your own whipped cream at home. This stabilized whipped cream recipe will last for days without losing its shape and it tastes amazing! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Homemade whipped cream, Stabilized whipped cream, Whipped cream
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 68 kcal
Author Mikel Ibarra at Sweet Bytes OKC

Ingredients

Equipment and tools needed

  • Large chilled mixing bowl and mixer attachments
  • Hand mixer or stand mixer
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Spatula

Whipped Cream Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Heavy cream (240 mL)
  • 1/4 Cup Powdered sugar/ confectioners sugar (25 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon Nonfat instant milk powder (1.45 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract (optional) (5 mL)

Instructions

  1. Chill mixing bowl and attachments in the freezer for 10 minutes before beginning. Cold whipped cream is happy whipped cream. 

  2. Pour heavy cream into a large mixing bowl, add powdered sugar, milk powder, and vanilla extract

  3. Using the whisk attachment on a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix ingredients on low for 30 seconds to incorporate. Slowly turn the mixer up to medium-high speed. 

  4. Continue to mix until the cream begins to thicken and ripples are visible in the mixture. Turn the mixer off, scrape the bowl with a spatula, mix again on medium-high until whipped cream begins to look complete. 

  5. Turn off the mixer and scrape the bowl again. If the whipped cream in the bottom of the bowl looks more liquid than the whipped cream on top, give it all a good stir and mix again for 10-20 seconds. 

  6. Whipped cream is done when it holds its shape without slumping over or sagging. You should be able to slice through the middle of it without it closing back together.  

Recipe Notes

Makes 2 cups of whipped cream, the recipe can be doubled as needed to make more. 

Store whipped cream in an airtight container in the refrigerator until needed. Stir before serving. You can also pipe the whipped cream onto your desserts for an extra special look.  

Frequently asked questions about homemade whipped cream

  1. Can I make this recipe without the milk powder? Yes, but it won’t be stabilized. It will hold its shape through dessert and taste amazing, but it won’t last for days as my experiment pictures did.
  2. Can I use almond, coconut, soy, etc. milk? Not for this recipe. There are many other sites out there that have amazing non-dairy whipped cream recipes.
  3. Can I freeze my leftover whipped cream? Yes! You can pipe it onto a cookie sheet and pop it in the freezer until the whipped cream is frozen then store it in a freezer bag or airtight container.
  4. Can I use regular sugar?  I have heard of people doing it, but I haven’t been happy with the results. I always use the powdered sugar.
  5. Can I use other flavorings other than vanilla? Yes! You can use any flavoring, but you probably won’t need a full teaspoon. Start with 1/4 teaspoon and taste your way to the amount you need. It’s much easier to add more extract than to correct too much.
  6. Can I color this whipped cream? Yes, you can use food coloring to change the color of the whipped cream for a fun dessert topping. I recommend AmeriColor Soft – Gel Paste

Questions or comments?

What’s your favorite I tried to cover everything, but if you have questions about making your own whipped cream, please leave a comment below or send me an email and I’ll do my best to find you an answer!

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