How to Make Whipped Cream: A Step-by-Step Guide


Learn how to make homemade whipped cream for a delicious treat that's always worth the effort.

Step 1: Getting Started
Start with cold heavy cream.

Step 2: Whip It
Whip it until it starts to increase in volume and thickens. To whip cream ahead of time, just underwhip it a little, cover and store it in the fridge. You can finish whipping when you're ready to serve.

Step 3: Add a Sweetener
Confectioners' or granulated sugars are the classics, but you can also use brown sugar.

Step 4: Add Flavor
Good quality vanilla is most common, but you can also use alcohol like brandy, rum or Grand Marnier, which is an orange liqueur. If you want to add citrus flavor, zest a lemon or orange into the bowl with the cream; remember that a little goes a long way.

Step 5: When Is It Ready?
When you can see tracks from the beaters, you're almost there. When it's ready, the whipped cream should stand up on the ends of the beater and cling to a spoon, but still have softness to it.

Tips: 1) One cup of heavy cream will make 2 cups of whipped cream. 2) If your mixture is grainy, you went too far. To fix, add some cream back to the mixture. Watch our how-to video for more.