Learn how to make Whipped Cream perfectly every time with these easy tips! It’s a fresh and fluffy concoction of just 3 ingredients: heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla! 

Enjoy this easy whipped cream on top of a slice of pumpkin pie or a hot cup of Irish Coffee. Customize it with vanilla, almond, or mocha extracts and alter the sweetness to fit your taste or recipe.

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What Cream to Use

Heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream, has more than 30% fat and is the best choice for making whipped cream. It will stand up in peaks and hold up for several hours without melting or losing its shape when piped on top of pies or cakes.

I have found that containers labeled simply “whipping cream” sometimes have lower milk fat and will make a runnier whipped cream, so look for the word “heavy” on the carton if you’re wanting a stiffer result.

Cream in a measuring cup

How to Make Whipped Cream

Make with a Mixer: 

Always start with very cold cream and a chilled bowl.  The colder the cream is the quicker it will whip. With just 2 simple steps you’ll have it whipped up in a jiffy when using an electric mixer.

  1. Place all ingredients in a cold mixing bowl (see recipe below).
  2. Mix on medium for 5 minutes, or until stiff peaks form.

If using a stand mixer, be attentive! Over beating will turn the cream from fluffy peaks to lumpy butter in a matter of seconds if you’re not careful.

Whipped cream in a clear bowl with a spoon

No Mixer? No Problem!

You can make whipped cream without a mixer by whisking or even by shaking in a jar!

To make whipped cream by whisking can take up to 10 mins or more, so stretch those arms and get a good workout in making whipped cream by hand!

  1. Place all ingredients in a chilled mixing bowl (see recipe below).
  2. Whip using a wire whisk until it reaches desired consistency.

Making whipped cream in a jar is a simple activity that can involve the kids too. Pass it around, giving everyone a turn while you introduce them to the magic of food chemistry.

  1. Place all ingredients in a tightly covered jar.
  2. Shake until thick and fluffy.

Be sure to loosen the lid every so often to release the vacuum pressure that will build as bubbles form!

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How to Make Whipped Cream

A fresh and fluffy combination of just 3 ingredients!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chilling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 cup heavy cream chilled
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla optional


  • Place a bowl and beaters into the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • Add ingredients to the bowl and beat on medium for 1 minute. Increase speed to medium high and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  • Refrigerate unused portion for up to 24 hours.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 115 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 22mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 437IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. I thought the homemade whipping cream recipe was going to be a scratch recipe like for buttermilk(homemade with milk and lemon juice or vinegar). My misreading I guess.

  2. I am so confused- I didn’t have whipping cream so I used almond milk and butter, but my whipped cream looks like light tan liquid with small clumps- was it because I didn’t use whipping cream?

    1. You will need to use heavy cream or whipping cream to make whipped cream. Almond milk will not work in this recipe.

  3. If I like the lighter whipping cream but can seem to always find in my supermarkets could I add milk to heavy whipping cream to get the same result?5 stars

  4. Will this be enough to cover a cake in a 9×13 pan or do I need to double the recipe? Planning on making this as frosting because this person don’t do buttercream.

  5. Thank you for actually listing how much vanilla goes into this. Other whipped cream recipes did not so I chose yours :)

  6. After whipping a the ingredients immediately frosting has to be done or we should keep it for some jour in refrigerator then piping

    1. Hi Gunu, whipped cream should hold its shape quite well if whipped properly, so you should be able to pipe with it right away!

  7. Trying to find out how to make whipped cream you say heavy whipping cream sugar powdered and I know you don’t say how much thanks for nothing

    1. Hello Claude,

      The recipe with amounts is located just above the comment box. You can also use the “jump to recipe” button at the top of any page on this site to directly get to the recipe. Enjoy the whipped cream!

      1 cup heavy cream chilled
      2 Tablespoons sugar or powdered sugar
      1/2 teaspoon vanilla optional

    1. Hi Tina, we have only made this recipe as listed but if you try we would love to hear how it turned out.

  8. Hello Holly, I just love, love , your recipes. They are easy to follow and I have tried many , always perfect and soooooo good!!! Thank you for sharing them with us and keep them coming. A true follower.5 stars

  9. Holly, I have been following you for a while and I love all your recipes. You are an amazing cook and your presentation on your web site is delightful and very user friendly! You are one of my favorite food bloggers at the top right of my list! I am an avid cooker who likes to read and research recipes all the time.

  10. What is whipped cream stabilizer and where can you get it? I have never heard of it before and that has always been a problem.

    1. It is a powder that you add into your whipped cream (basically contains starch) that helps your whipped cream to hold up.

      You can buy it at most grocery stores in the baking aisle (sometimes near the pudding or powdered whipped topping). You can also purchase it on Amazon. I’ve ordered the Dr. Oetker brand before and it works very well! (It’s fairly inexpensive, approximately $1/per pack).