Homemade whipped cream is like a sweet heavenly dream that tops off ice cream made from scratch, fresh fruit, hot cocoa or your frozen coffee drink. This decadent, melt-in-your-mouth topping is a very old, traditional recipe that dates back to 1549 in Italy and 1604 in France. Historians trace it back to a 16th century French recipe book where it was called milk snow and snow cream. This sweet treat, created from heavy cream and sugar, has stood the test of culinary time. Making your own is much more flavorful, offers a smoother consistency and is richer than ready-made whipped toppings available at your local market. It’s extremely easy to “whip up” your very own creamy goodness. Once you make your own from scratch and see how easy it is to make, homemade whipped cream will always be on the menu.
Materials & Ingredients
- Electric mixer: A hand-held electric mixer or a larger stand mixer with whisk attachment will make the whipping process convenient and easy. If an electric mixer is not available, a hand-held whisk will work. It will just take a bit more effort and time. Fun fact: Before mixers and whisks were invented, whipped cream recipes called for willow or rush branches!
- Mixing bowl: A metal bowl works best. It is highly recommended chilling the mixing bowl and beaters by placing them in the freezer for about 10 minutes. This step will increase the volume of the whipped cream and create beautiful peaks. Fun fact: If the temperature of heavy cream is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it won’t whip. Instead, it will turn into butter!
- Heavy cream or whipping cream: These ingredients are located in the dairy section of your market. Heavy cream has a higher milk fat content in order to produce a thick, whipped cream that holds its lovely peaks for a longer period of time. Whipping cream has a lower milk fat content so it produces a lighter whipped cream. Fun fact: Heavy whipping cream has 5 more calories per tablespoon than whipping cream.
- Sugar: Granulated or powdered sugar gives whipped cream its unique sweetness. One tablespoon of sugar per one cup of cream is suggested. Powdered sugar provides a smoother texture, especially when making larger batches of whipped cream. Fun fact: Confectioners sugar, another name for powdered sugar, contains corn starch, which helps stabilize the whipped cream.
- Vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste: Vanilla is the secret ingredient that gives whipped cream its warm, rich flavor. If you want your whipped cream to be ultra smooth, use vanilla extract. Fun fact: If you prefer a deeper, richer vanilla flavor, use vanilla bean paste that includes the flecks of the vanilla bean.
- Pinch of salt: A pinch of salt added to the bowl before adding the cream will enhance the flavors in whipping cream. Fun Fact: Sprinkle sea salt on top of whipped cream for an amazing sweet & salty flavored treat.
Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe
In the chilled mixing bowl, sprinkle the salt, chilled heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla extract. Using a mixer or whisk, combine the ingredients together on low speed. As they combine, increase the speed to medium high. When soft peaks form, turn off the mixer. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to three days. Whipped cream can be frozen for later enjoyment. Store in an air tight storage container or whipped cream dispenser.