How To Make Whipped Cream

Homemade whipped cream is a welcome addition to almost any dessert. Here are a few essential tips to help you achieve those signature light, airy peaks.

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: Sweet, Versatile and Easy

Homemade whipped cream is a welcome and versatile addition to almost any dessert and thankfully, it's easy to make at home from scratch with just whipping cream and confectioners' sugar. Before you begin, 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. And while confectioners' sugar is preferred, granulated sugar will work just fine—although you may notice that it doesn't dissolve completely.

Whip Until Soft Peaks Form

Once the utensils are cold, combine one cup of heavy cream and two tablespoons of superfine or confectioners' sugar in the bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. It's crucial to use cold cream and cold utensils, otherwise the fat content will begin to melt and the whipped cream will collapse. Try to use cream without added stabilizers that might compromise the flavor of the finished product.  

Stop to Check Consistency

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. 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! (If you like, add a half-teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract for a delightfully different taste.)

Serve with Cake, Fruit or Just a Spoon

Once your whipped cream has reached a light and airy consistency, try spooning it 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. 

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How to Make Whipped Cream

Homemade whipped cream is a cinch to make, either with an electric mixer or by hand with a balloon whisk. To make the whipping easier, make sure both the cream and the mixing bowl are very cold.