- To make whipped cream, you need heavy whipping cream, a mixing bowl, and a whisk or mixer.
- For the best volume and texture, it’s important to use cold cream straight from the fridge.
- You can customize homemade whipped cream to make a variety of flavors.
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If you’re assembling a beautiful cake or looking for the ideal topping for a slice of pie, whipped cream is an important component. You can certainly grab a can or tub of whipped topping from the grocery store, but making homemade whipped cream can make your desserts that much better.
Why make real whipped cream? It’s certainly creamier, richer, and thicker than its store-bought counterparts. It also tastes better, plus you’ll have the option to customize the flavor. The best part is you only need a few simple ingredients and patience to make delicious dollops of whipped cream at home.
Is heavy cream the same as heavy whipping cream?
As its name suggests, whipped cream is basically cream that’s whipped until it’s light and fluffy. You may come across a few types of cream: heavy cream, heavy whipping cream, and light cream. Which is the best to use?
“Heavy cream” and “heavy whipping cream” may have different names, but they’re essentially the same thing. Each has a fat content of at least 36 percent. Whipping cream, or light whipping cream, is a lighter option with a fat content ranging between 30 percent to 35 percent.
Because of the higher fat content in heavy whipping cream, it results in a whipped cream that’s more stable, making it great for filling cream puffs or topping cakes or cupcakes. Whipped cream made with whipping cream is just as pillowy and delicious, but it is lighter and won’t hold its shape or volume as well.
Mason jar whipped cream
If you don’t have a whisk, an electric mixer, or you simply need a smaller portion, you can use a mason jar to make whipped cream. Chill the mason jar before you begin. Pour the cold cream and sugar into the jar, seal it with a lid, and begin shaking. Shake the jar vigorously for about five minutes until the whipped cream forms.
Flavored whipped cream ideas
The options for flavored whipped cream are seemingly endless. Once you’ve started whisking your cream, and it has thickened up a bit, add in your desired flavoring. As you continue whipping the cream, the flavoring will be perfectly integrated into the finished whipped cream.
- Vanilla/Chantilly cream: Add 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract while whipping the cream.
- Chocolate whipped cream: Add 3 tablespoons cocoa powder while whipping the cream.
- Pumpkin whipped cream: Add 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
- Lemon whipped cream: Add the zest of one lemon or 1 teaspoon lemon extract.
- Mint whipped cream: Add 1 teaspoon peppermint extract.
How to fix over-whipped cream
Whipped cream can go from fluffy, stiff peaks to lumpy and unappealing very fast. If you over-whip the cream too far, it can even turn into butter. You can fix over-whipped cream by adding a bit of extra cream into the bowl and start mixing again at low speed. This will allow the liquid cream to integrate with the whipped cream to smooth it out.
Making whipped cream at home takes a bit of patience and finesse, but that extra work is worth it. It can be made by hand with a mixing bowl and whisk, or you can use a stand mixer or hand mixer to make the process even easier. You’ll end up with creamier, thicker whipped cream to use for beautiful cakes or trifles, or to top your favorite slice of pie.