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How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream (Video)

Homemade whipped cream tastes better than store-bought and is a breeze to make. All you need is a bowl, an electric mixer and 15 minutes.

How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream (Video)

Making fresh whipped cream is one of the very first things I learned as a home baker. It makes all desserts so pretty! Just have a look at this No Bake Mango Cheesecake and this Eggless Key Lime Pie.

Homemade whipped cream tastes so much better than the packaged ones you buy at the grocery store too. Best of all, making it is quick and easy. All you need is a bowl, an electric mixer and 15 minutes. There’s absolutely nothing to it.

Plus, read on for tips on storage, troubleshooting and perfect whipped cream every time.

How to make homemade whipped cream

How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream (Video)

You just whip heavy cream with some sugar and vanilla until the cream is stiff.  It’s so simple (just have a look at the video)  but here are some tips for perfect whipped cream all the time, every time:

  • Chill not only your cream but also your bowl and your beaters.
  • Do not over whip (it will turn the cream into butter). So it’s best not to walk away while the mixer is on.
  • But if your cream has already become a bit too stiff (stiff, not butter), don’t worry because it’s very easy to fix. Just add a little cream and whisk until it becomes smooth again.

Can you make whipped cream using milk?

How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream (Video)

Another important thing to remember is you need a certain amount of milk fat content – usually 30% or higher – for cream to thicken properly.

This means regular milk won’t work because its fat milk content just isn’t high enough. I always use heavy cream (usually 36% milk fat) but you can also use whipping cream and double cream (30% or higher).

Coconut cream also whips wonderfully. Check out this Ube Cheesecake and this No Bake Pineapple Coconut Cream Pie – I topped both with luxurious coconut whipped cream. Delicious!

How long does homemade whipped cream last?

How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream (Video)

I’ve found homemade whipped cream can be made ahead too. Don’t get me wrong – freshly whipped is still best but if you have company over you don’t really want to be stuck in the kitchen making whipped cream.

What you can do is whip the cream to medium peaks a few hours before your guests arrive. Chill it in a bowl until you need it. Then whisk it to stiff peaks just when you’re ready to serve it.

Can you make whipped cream days ahead? You can – it lasts 2-3 days in the fridge – though I don’t recommend it because it tends to break and liquify at the bottom. The better alternative is to freeze it.

Can homemade whipped cream be frozen?

How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream (Video)

Yes, you can freeze homemade whipped cream! It won’t be as shiny or fluffy as fresh but it’s still good.

What I do is scoop or pipe whipped cream onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper. I put my pan in the freezer (so make sure the pan you’re using fits your freezer). Once the individual pieces are frozen, I transfer them into a Ziploc bag or other freezer-friendly container.

When you need them, just place the frozen pieces of whipped cream on top of your dessert and let it sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes before serving.

But my favourite way to use them is to place a frozen piece of whipped cream on top of my hot chocolate and watch it slowly melt. Makes for one creamy and delicious drink!

Frozen whipped cream lasts about 2 months.

Desserts made with homemade whipped cream

Whipped cream is not just for decoration. You can use it as frosting too (check out Chocolate Chiffon Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting and Mango Chiffon Cake with Whipped Mango Cream Frosting).

It’s also a vital ingredient when making no-churn ice cream:

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Make your own whipped cream

Homemade Whipped Cream

Author: Jolina
Homemade whipped cream tastes better than store-bought and is a breeze to make. All you need is a bowl, an electric mixer and 15 minutes.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine North American
Servings 32 tbsp
Calories 28 kcal



  • You'll need a handheld electric mixer for this or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Whatever you're using, put the bowl and the whisk in the fridge for about 10 minutes before you start whipping so they are properly chilled too before you use them.
  • Then just whisk all ingredients together - about 30 seconds on low speed to give them a good stir, switching to high speed until stiff peak (or until you reach the desired consistency you want - I use a stand mixer and it takes me about 2 minutes to get to soft peak stage, then another minute or so to stiff peak, which is what I want). Be careful not to overbeat might end up with butter!



Calories: 28kcalFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 2mgPotassium: 5mgVitamin A: 110IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 5mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Easy, No-Fail Recipe, Quick
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(This post was updated on 16 October 2018.)

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Marisa Franca

Saturday 3rd of November 2018

There is nothing better than homemade whipped cream -- in fact it's easy to make stabilized whipped cream too. I love to frost cakes with whipped cream - so much better than the overly sweet frostings. You give some really great tips.

Veena Azmanov

Thursday 1st of November 2018

Love making whipped cream at home. Nothing like fresh whipped cream. I can eat a whole bowl just as is.. Love the fresh flavor. So much you can do with it too.


Wednesday 31st of October 2018

I love homemade whipped cream and have been making it for a while because it's easy to make low carb. I love your videos! They are so pretty and fun!


Friday 2nd of November 2018

Thanks Denise!


Monday 29th of October 2018

Homemade is so much better than the can or frozen topping. Easy to make, and you can flavour it too. Great post.