Whipped Cream Recipe

This whipped cream recipe is the only one you’ll need for homemade whipped cream that is done in minutes using only three ingredients. The perfect topping for any dessert.

homemade whipped cream

Whipped Cream Recipe

Once you make your own whipped cream and taste the difference, it will be hard to go back to the store-bought version. Rich, creamy, and so delicious, it’s hard to believe it is made with only three ingredients.

If you need quick and easy dessert ideas, then you might like my recipe for an Easy Chocolate Sauce, S’more Ice Cream, Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

What I love about this recipe

  • it’s ready in minutes – This recipe is quick and simple to make. Heavy whipping cream lasts for a long while in the fridge, so next time you are at the grocery store, grab some for a last-minute whipped cream topping
  • with simple ingredients to find – you won’t have to search all over town to find the ingredients for this recipe, and you might even have them right at home – now
  • this makes a nice stiff whipped cream – thick and creamy, it’s the perfect texture to top pies, puddings, cakes, and more

Homemade Whipped Cream

This recipe will most likely go in your favorite saved recipes. It’s a great basic whipped cream recipe that you can transform into so many variations, like chocolate whipped cream, coffee-flavored whipped cream, peppermint whipped cream, cinnamon-flavored whipped cream, or lemon whipped cream

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Flavor Variations to Make with this basic whipped cream recipe

To change the flavor of your whipped cream to the ideas below, add the suggested ingredient after your whipped cream has formed (you may need to whip more after adding the flavors). Fold in any nuts, or other fillings

  • Peanut butter whipped cream – 1/3 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • Caramel Nut – add 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 2 Tbsp. caramel flavor – whip in, then fold in nuts
  • Cream Cheese Whipped Cream – 4 oz. cream cheese
  • Lemon whipped cream – add powdered sugar, fresh squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest
  • Orange Whipped Cream – whip in 1 tsp. orange extract, fold in orange zest
  • Chocolate Whipped Cream – 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • Coffee Whipped Cream – add 2 tsp. instant espresso
  • Peppermint Whipped Cream – exchange vanilla extract for peppermint extract


Make Ahead and Storage

How long will homemade whipped cream last in the refrigerator

Easily 1-2 weeks. The whipped cream will stay fluffy the entire time, but the milk may expire. Check for smell and a difference in texture to see if it has spoiled

Can I make Homemade Whipped Cream Ahead of Time?

Yes. Homemade whipped cream will stay fluffy and delicious if stored properly. You can make it a few days in advance to save yourself time

How do you Store Homemade Whipped Cream?

Store whipped cream, in an airtight container in the fridge

Can I Freeze Whipped Cream?

Yes. You can freeze whipped cream for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator

Ingredients for Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe

People are often surprised to find out that homemade whip cream is made with only a few ingredients and is so easy to make. All you need is a few minutes and 3 ingredients to transform heavy whipping cream into stiff peaks and enjoy on top of all of your desserts.

homemade whipped cream ingredients
  • Heavy Whipping Cream – this is made up of a high-fat content and is absolutely delicious whipped up. It is crucial that it is cold when you whip it
  • Powdered Sugar – powdered sugar provides the perfect sweetness and balance for this whipped cream recipe
  • Vanilla Extract – I like to use pure vanilla extract for the most decadent flavor. You can easily change up the flavor of whipped cream by exchanging other extracts for vanilla extract

Types of Whipping Cream

  • Heavy Whipping Cream and Heavy Cream – These are the exact same product but might be packaged differently and is the preferred ingredient for making homemade whipped cream
  • Whipping Cream – While you can use this in place of heavy whipping cream, the milk fat in heavy whipping cream is greater and will come together faster and hold its shape longer

Equipment You Might Need

  • stand-up mixer or hand-held electric mixer – you probably do not want to whisk whipped cream manually. It is possible but will take a lot of energy to do
  • Whisk Attachments

Mixing whipping cream without a Stand Mixer

You can make whipping cream without a stand mixer. Here’s how…

Use a mason jar. This is a great way to make whipped cream without any equipment. The kids can help make whipped cream this way. Make sure the jar lid and seal are on nice and tight and shake vigorously for 2-3 minutes

Use a hand-held mixer – Pour the ingredients into a mixing bowl, plug in your hand-held mixer, add whisk attachments, and beat on high for 2-3 minutes or until peaks form

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How to make Whipped Cream

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  • Chill your mixing bowl for at least 15- 30 minutes – while you are at it chill the attachments too. If I’m in a big hurry (which I usually am), I have skipped this step. It usually comes out just fine, but better to be safe than sorry
  • Pour your whipping cream in, and set the mixer to the highest setting – mix
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  • Add the powdered sugar and continue to mix
  • Now, add the extract and keep mixing until stiff peaks form
  • Serve and enjoy for days

Beating Whipped Cream to Stiff Peaks

As I mentioned before, homemade whipped cream forms in just a couple of minutes, so don’t set your mixer on high and walk away. Once your peaks are stiff then stop the mixer before the mixture turns back into liquid

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What are Stiff Peaks?

Stiff peaks in whipped cream are when you pull your attachments out of the whipped cream and the spot in the whipped cream that pulls up stands straight up

Medium peaks have a slight bend to them

Serving Whipped Cream

These are desserts that are made even better by adding a spoonful of whipped cream on top

Here’s the recipe for Basic Whipped Cream

homemade whipped cream

Whipped Cream Recipe

Easy to make whipped cream with only 3 ingredients
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Chilling bowl: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 156cal
Author: Melissa Haines


  • 1 Electric Mixer
  • Whisk Attachments cold
  • cold mixing bowl


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream cold
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract pure


  • Chill the mixing bowl in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes
  • Pour whipping cream into cold bowl
  • Turn mixer on high
  • Add powdered sugar and extract – turning off mixer if you need to as you are adding ingredients
  • Mix for 60-90 seconds until stiff peaks form – if needed, stop mixer to scrape down ingredients from sides of bowl

Using whipped cream as a fancy topping

  • Place whipped cream into a piping bag and pipe onto your dessert


Nutrition Facts are only an estimate 


Store whipped topping in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks, pending the expiration date on the heavy cream has not expired 
Checking for Signs of Spoiled whipped topping: 
The cream will curdle and smell bad 


Calories: 156cal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 38mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 583IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.04mg
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