Homemade Whipped Cream

With just three ingredients and two simple steps, making homemade whipped cream is as easy as pie! Store-bought whipped cream often contains artificial ingredients, creates unnecessary waste, and is expensive! Use this simple whipped cream recipe to top pies, fruit crisps, or even your morning coffee!

Equipment Recommendations

This recipe calls for a hand mixer or stand mixer with a whisk attachment. You can also whisk whipped cream by hand, but get ready for a good arm workout! Making whipped cream by hand usually takes 3-5 minutes, depending on how fast you can whisk!

Culinary Tips for the Best Whipped Cream

We recommend using organic whipping cream if it is within your budget. Also, be sure to use real vanilla extract, not imitation vanilla.

Chill your bowl and beaters ~30 minutes before making the whipped cream for faster prep time. Don’t worry if you forget to do this or don’t have the time; the recipe will still come out great! Cold whipping cream will also help the recipe come together faster.

Look for soft peaks to know that the whipped cream is ready. Soft peaks form when the whipped cream clings to the whisks when lifted and fold over when the whisk is removed.

Careful not to overmix! Overmixed whipping cream will turn into butter. Still delicious, but probably not what you were wanting!

Ingredient Substitutions

We actually don’t recommend substituting any of the ingredients in this recipe. Stick to these exact ingredients for the highest quality homemade whipped cream!

Recipe Variations

If you want a touch of maple or honey flavor in the whipped cream, add 1 teaspoon.

Feel free to add a touch of sweet spice too! A dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, or allspice would all be delicious.

Flavor extracts can also be added; almond extract is one of our favorites.

Serving Suggestions

This homemade whipped cream recipe is ideal for holiday gatherings or celebration meals. Serve on top of pies, fruit crisps, hot chocolate, or even your morning coffee! If serving with warm foods, wait until right before serving to add the whipped cream. Pair with our frozen berry crisp for a deliciously satisfying dessert.

Storage Recommendations

Homemade whipped cream is best made right before you plan to serve it, but can be made one day in advance. Store homemade whipped cream in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. It will lose some of its volume and freshness the longer it sits, but the flavor will still be there! Flat whipped cream is still delicious in coffee.

Homemade Whipped Cream
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

With just three ingredients and two simple steps, making homemade whipped cream is as easy as pie. Use this simple whipped cream recipe to top pies, fruit crisps, or even your morning coffee!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Yield: 4 cups
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Add the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla to a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer.

  2. Using a hand mixer on high speed or a stand mixer, mix for about 2 minutes or until soft peaks form. Soft peaks form when the whipping cream clings to the whisk when lifted. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Cold heavy whipping cream in a chilled bowl whips better.


Careful not to over-mix, or the whipping cream will turn into butter!

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