How to Make Whipped Cream

Homemade whipped cream, while gloriously humble in its simplicity, is a welcome and versatile addition to almost any dessert. 

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Homemade Whipped Cream

You can spoon whipped cream on a piece of warm pie, sandwich it between cake layers, or use it as a topping for a bowl of ice cream or fresh berries. Of course, there’s always eating it with a spoon straight from the bowl — and we won’t tell if you do.

 

By Amanda Genge

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Cold Is Key

Whipped cream is easy enough for anyone to make, with just two ingredients (heavy cream and sugar) and basic equipment (a bowl and a whisk or an electric mixer) required. You’ll want to freeze the bowl and whisk or mixer attachment for 15 minutes before starting, and use very cold cream straight from the fridge for perfect results.

Soft Peaks

Once the utensils are cold, combine 1 cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons superfine or confectioners’ sugar in the bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. If you’re whisking by hand, use big, looping strokes — not smaller circles — to incorporate lots of air into the cream, and switch directions periodically.

Check Consistency

Watch the cream closely and stop often to check the consistency; when it just starts to hold soft peaks, stop whisking or risk turning your homemade whipped cream into (very sweet) homemade butter! 

A Few Tips

Check the cream’s label. Heavy cream has a slightly higher fat content than cream labeled “whipping cream” and the whipped result will hold its shape longer too. Try to find cream without added stabilizers that might compromise the flavor of the finished product.

 

Don’t sweat the sweet stuff. If you have only granulated sugar on hand, it’ll work just fine, although you may notice that it doesn’t dissolve completely.

 

Get creative with flavors. If you like, add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract to the cream for a delightfully different taste. Now that you know how to make whipped cream, try Alton Brown's Whipped Cream.

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