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How to Make Whipped Cream

Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars with Orange Whipped Cream

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Whether you’re planning a big family gathering or an evening in with a few friends, it’s always a great idea to have dessert on the menu. Whether that means cookies, cakes or pies, they can only be made tastier when topped with delectable whipped cream. For budget-minded parents, learning how to make whipped cream yourself at home can save you money and trips to the store, as well as being a fun activity to do with the kids. It only takes a few minutes, and you might have everything you need to start making whipped cream already on hand.

The best part of learning how to make whipped cream is knowing just how often you’ll need it. This versatile topping is everywhere, adding a sweet finishing touch to pies, sundaes, brownies, cupcakes, waffles, hot chocolate, pudding, cheesecakes, and so much more. Heck, try it on pasta or a burger if you want, we’re not here to judge. Whatever the recipe, if it could stand to be a little sweeter, whipped cream is ready for service.

How to Make Whipped Cream – Preparation

  • Heavy cream (1 cup)
  • Powdered sugar (2 Tbsp)
  • A metal mixing bowl
  • Electric stand mixer or metal whisk

That’s all you need! For your basic recipe, that’s really all you need for making whipped cream. However, at your own discretion, you can sub sweeteners like honey and maple syrup in for the sugar and you may want to add vanilla, cinnamon or other flavorings – even liquor for a boozier whipped cream.

How to Make Whipped Cream – Instructions

  1. Keep it chill. Place a metal mixing bowl and metal beaters into the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. The heavy cream you’re using should be refrigerated as well and not removed until you’re ready to go.
  2. Mix it up. Remove chilled bowl from freezer and pour in heavy cream, set the mixer to low speed, and begin beating until the cream begins to thicken.
  3. Make it sweet. Once the mixture thickens, add powdered sugar (approximately 2 tablespoons of sugar for every cup of cream).
  4. Go high. Increase the speed and mix on high until soft peaks form. Make sure to move the beaters around the bowl, occasionally switching directions to evenly whip the mixture.
  5. End low. Lower speed and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to over-beat as the mixture will turn into butter.

And that’s it! That’s how easy it is to make whipped cream. The whole thing should be done in a few minutes. Store unused portions in an airtight container in the refrigerator.