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Whipped Cream: How to make it at Home in 5 Minutes

Are you ready for some whipped cream? This is the easiest way to make it! All you need is heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla. First, you whip the cream for about 1-2 minutes, then add the sugar and flavorings. After that, you just spoon it onto your favorite dessert or beverage. Making whipped cream at home is easy!

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If you’re like me, you love whipped cream and enjoy topping off your favorite breakfast staples, desserts, and beverages with it. I particularly love it on my waffles. This is how I realized that I could make whipped cream like Starbucks at home.

Better than Starbucks

This is not whipped cream for frosting a cake. This recipe should be used for small servings and immediate use.

One morning, I made waffles and I thought that I had a can of store-bought whipped cream waiting for me in the refrigerator. Imagine my devastation when I did not see any there. Tragic. That is how I stumbled upon making some very tasty, whipped cream. Being one of those people who loves baking and making things from scratch, my sadness quickly went away when I spotted a pint of heavy whipping cream. All that I need to go along with the heavy whipping cream was a few more ingredients that can easily be found in the kitchen, and I knew that my whipped cream would be ready in minutes.

The perfect topping for waffles.

What ingredients do you need?

The basic ingredients of an easy-to-make whipped cream are heavy whipping cream and confectioner’s sugar. That’s really all you need. You may have tried or seen whipped creams with more flavors like chocolate or strawberries. Those are delightful as well. But for the simplest recipe, you will only need those first two ingredients.

Key Ingredients

What type of equipment and kitchen tools do you need?

The type of equipment you need to make this treat also adds to the ease of the recipe. You will need an electric hand mixer and a cold bowl. Of course, a stand mixer can be used as well. A stand mixer may be the easiest equipment to use because you do not need to hold on to anything while the cream is being mixed. Just be sure to use the whisk attachment as opposed to the paddle attachment. The most difficult way to make whipped cream is by whisking the heavy cream by hand with a whisker. This is the traditional method of making whipped cream. Whisking by hand may make take a little longer than using an electric hand mixer. Plus, you will have to use a little “elbow grease” to whisk fast.

Click here to view the electric mixer that I use in the kitchen.

Simple Kitchen Tools

2 ingredients and 2 equipment pieces sounds like a plan, right?

Well, for this recipe, I will use one more ingredient. That ingredient is vanilla extract. The vanilla extract will add to the flavor profile. I will also use one additional piece of equipment. That equipment is a sifter. The sifter will allow you to make a smoother whipped cream because it breaks down any chunks of confectioner sugar. 3 ingredients and 3 pieces of equipment is also very doable.

How is the whipped cream made?

I will begin the process by placing a large bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes. The cold bowl will assist with ensuring the heavy whipping cream does not become too warm, which can prevent it from developing its structure. This step is optional. You can still make whipped cream without the bowl being cold. Therefore, I did not account it into the 5-minute process. Just make sure that the heavy whipping cream is cold.

Once the bowl is chilled, I will remove it from the freezer and pour the heavy whipping cream into the bowl. The liquid cream will be mixed until it foams and soft peaks appear. Then, I will sift the confectioner sugar on top of the cream and add the vanilla extract. Continue to mix just until the heavy cream can maintain its shape and makes stiff peaks. It should be soft and have a whipped-like feel. You must make sure not to over mix the whipped cream because it can quickly become too stiff and curdle.

That’s it! This is very easy and only takes about 5 minutes to prepare once the bowl is chilled. I hope that you will try the recipe and enjoy it with your favorite dessert or beverage.

Fresh Whipped Cream

Vanilla Whipped Cream in 5 Minutes

Are you ready for some whipped cream? This is the easiest way to make it! All you need is heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla. Making whipped cream at home is easy!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chilling Bowl 30 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 12


  • 1 Large bowl
  • 1 Sifter
  • 1 Electric Hand Mixer


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream use coconut heavy whipping cream as a non-dairy option
  • 2 1/2 tbsp confectioner sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Place a medium-sized bowl in the freezer. Chill for 30 minutes.
  • Prepare your electric mixer or stand mixer with the whisk attachment.
  • Pour heavy whipping cream into your chilled bowl. Turn the mixer on a medium-high speed and whip the cream until it begins to foam. This could take a few minutes.
  • Stop the mixer and sift the confectioner sugar over the cream and add the vanilla extract.
  • Begin mixing the cream again until the soft peaks are slightly fluffier. Do not over mix.
Keyword homemade, quick, whipped cream
Starbucks-like Whipped Cream

How to store fresh whipped cream?

This is an easy recipe; however, the whipped cream will not last too long in the refrigerator. The reason is because this recipe did not use a lot of stabilizers (confectioner sugar, gelatin cornstarch, etc.). That should not be a problem because you will most likely use it before its time is up. I would suggest storing your whipped cream for 1-2 days in an air-tight container. The container should be placed in the fridge whenever it is not being used. You can extend your homemade whipped cream storage time by adding more of a stabilizer, such as more confectioner sugar and gelatin. However, this may affect the taste of your finished product. This is fresh whipped cream, and it is meant to be used immediately.


What happens when the heavy whipping cream won’t thicken?

This will most likely happen when your heavy whipping cream is too warm. To fix this issue, place the mixing bowl with the heavy cream into the freezer for about 30 minutes. You will want the bowl and the heavy cream to be chilled but not frozen or icy. Take the bowl out of the freezer and begin mixing the ingredients again.

Having these items chilled should ensure that your heavy whipped cream is stabilized every time.

What should you do if you over whip the whipped cream?

The mixture may be salvageable if you over whip the cream. Pour a small amount of very cold whipping cream onto your cream that has been overly whipped. Slowly mix the cream until the mixture is back to its desired texture

Thank you for reading!

Want a delicious dessert that you can top off with your freshly made whipped cream?

  • Click here to view the recipe for an amazing Apple and Oatmeal Crumble.
  • Click here to view the recipe for a decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake.

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