Homemade Whipped Cream! Vanilla, Chocolate & Strawberry

Marla Meridith

March 21, 2012



Whipped cream in Pip Studio rose bowl with pink spatula

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Around here we adore whipped cream. Fluffy pillows of heavenly delight. Although I create light & healthy recipes, I use dollops of slightly sweetened whipped cream often. A little goes a long way. We add it to our oatmeal in the morning. We enjoy it on our pies, parfaits, cakes, shakes and cupcakes. We are not scared of real fat, that is what satisfies our bellies, minds and tastebuds. When enjoyed with mindful portion control there is no reason why real cream can’t be a skinny food.

One confession: I did not like whipped cream at all as a kid. Despised it. That is not the case with my kids…

*You can also see my recipe for Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream: Vanilla, Mocha, Coffee, Chocolate

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They love it more than anything. They would bathe in it if they could. Basically they do bathe in it when they lick the whisk.

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Another confession: Back before I started this blog. Before I had kids I did not know how to make homemade whipped cream. Quite frankly it scared me. That is scary that it scared me isn’t it?

I was fearful of the kitchen way back when. I hardly even cooked. Now all I do is cook. And style food. And photograph it…

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A lot of you might be wondering “Why is Marla posting how to make whipped cream?” “Don’t we all know how to dump a bottle of heavy cream into a KitchenAid mixer and let it whisk until the liquid turns into a whip?” I really did not always know how to do this. Odd I know. Thank goodness my kitchen skills have improved over the years, otherwise this blog would not exist.

I bet a handful of you might have Googled “How to make homemade whipped cream” and you ended up here. That is great! Now you have no excuses at all.

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I like to whip our cream for a while. Until it is almost butter. This way I can put the cream in a piping bag and the cream holds its shape when I decorate cakes and stuff.

If you whip it for a shorter burst then your cream is more silky and floppy. Just a preference really. Do what you like best. Just keep a good eye when whipping, once those fat globules get a lot of action your smooth cream turns to butter quickly! For dipping fruit you might like it lighter and fluffier (less whipping time.)

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Some creams have more butter fat (the fatty portion of milk) than others. For instance this Cream Top Whipping Cream by Straus Family Creamery is one of our favorites. It has a richer flavor and higher butterfat content then some other heavy creams. It also has a slightly yellow/buttery color. Those cows must graze some beautiful pastures!

Just so you know the folks at the Creamery have no idea I am talking about them. They have no idea their cream is my muse here….

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Always be sure your use heavy cream for homemade whipped cream. You need at least 30% butterfat to make sure the fat combines with the air from the whisk. This is what turns the liquid into the cream. Half and half won’t work. So don’t try to whip that OK?

Not only do I share basic vanilla whipped cream here, but also strawberry and chocolate so everyone is happy. Neapolitan whipped cream!

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Just do me one favor…adjust ingredients according to your own tastes.

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If you are sugar free like me go vanilla stevia drops to sweeten.

For vanilla cream use pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste.

For chocolate cream: use cocoa powder or melted chocolate to taste. Your choice whether dark, milk or white chocolate.

For the strawberry I mashed up hot strawberries, let ’em cool and mixed them into the cream. You could use any fruity preserves too. Flavor your cream with flavored extracts if you wish.

Some folks like to add a boozy touch, Creme de Menthe and Bailey’s Irish Cream are yummy. So is Amaretto. Since the alcohol is not cooked out you won’t want to serve that cream to the kids.

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Just have fun.

Don’t over think it. Fake whipped cream in squirt bottles is not nearly as fun…

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Let’s whip it shall we?

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Are you a whipped cream purist? Do you like to add unique flavorings to yours? If so what are they?

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92 Comments
  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
    Posted at 09:59h, 21 March

    Yum! I love making whipped cream…well, I don’t like it very much (I’m weird), but I love that my husband’s eyes light up when I tell him that I’ve made some. He’ll eat it on anything. I’ve never thought to flavor it other than vanilla, though! Love!!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:48h, 21 March

      Caroline, amazing how peoples eyes light up with homemade whipped cream! Try some flavors out on your hubs. He is either a purist or not 😉

  • Amy Tong
    Posted at 09:59h, 21 March

    What a beautiful post, as always. Thanks for sharing your story. I would have never guess that something related to cooking/kitchen scares you. 🙂 You’re such a talented and creative chef….and always inspiring. I love making my own whipped cream for the same reason as yours. I love chocolate whipped cream the most….real dark chocolate is the best! 😛

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:48h, 21 March

      Thanks so much Amy! There are still many things in the kitchen that intimidate me. Thankfully none of which are as simple as homemade whipped cream. Then again maybe they are….
      I am with you on the dark chocolate 🙂

      • Angie
        Posted at 13:31h, 18 March

        What do you use fot the dark chocolate frosting powder or a bar melted

  • Julie
    Posted at 10:17h, 21 March

    Marla,

    I just found your blog a week ago and have visited several times since. I’m laughing because I actually google searched “how to make whipped cream” yesterday! One day before your posting. You are right, so simple and delicious – yet the thought is intimidating to a first timer. I will be making it often. My kids are like yours, they love it on everything including their noses. I added vanilla and agave nectar to mine. Yum!

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:45h, 21 March

      Julie, that is totally funny. See? Lots of folks do that. Now hopefully they will all come over here to learn how. You and your kids will be thrilled with the outcome!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
    Posted at 10:22h, 21 March

    I’ll admit I’ve never made whipped cream but I really have no excuse for why except that we love squirting it out from the can. Definitely going to whip some up the next time we’re in the mood for it. 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:44h, 21 March

      Rachel, thanks for your honesty! Funny how a lot of us shy away from it at first. You gotta try soon. OK?!

  • Rosa
    Posted at 10:28h, 21 March

    Real whipped cream is heavenly! I have never bought those squirt bottles… Yuck.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:44h, 21 March

      Rosa, me neither. Why bother?

      • Grishma @ZaikaZabardast
        Posted at 19:48h, 21 March

        Well..I absolutely agree with both of you 🙂 Store bought whipped cream sucks big time..You are right Marla, why bother? BTW loved the idea of using mashed bananas/mangoes 🙂

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Posted at 10:59h, 21 March

    Can I just have a HUGE bowl of that with my DVR and the Bravo re-runs I want to catch up on and maybe a cookbook to read, in bed with it? yes, thanks 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:43h, 21 March

      Averie, YES & YES!!! Large bowl of whipped cream + Bravo catch up time. Sounds like the perfect day!

  • Cassie
    Posted at 12:03h, 21 March

    I love homemade whipped cream. That’s the only way I’ll eat it!

  • Deliciously Organic
    Posted at 12:14h, 21 March

    I LOVE whipped cream. Nothing is more decadent then starting my day with whipped cream in my coffee. I prefer a little maple syrup in mine for sweetness. Yum!

  • TidyMom
    Posted at 12:45h, 21 March

    I LOVE homemade whipped cream!
    a while back I made strawberry to fill chocolate cupcakes, and it was THE BEST!!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    Posted at 12:54h, 21 March

    Haha! That whisk is nearly the size of your precious boy’s head! What a great idea to flavor whipped cream… I never thought to do it, maybe because I’m nervous about messing with the purity of the plain whipped cream. Yours looks fantastic though! Thanks for the inspiration to try something new!

  • Lucy
    Posted at 13:10h, 21 March

    love whipped cream – with a little Champagne cognac – and some powdered sugar. x

  • amy lamson
    Posted at 14:12h, 21 March

    Okay, the food looks absolutely amazing, but I have to ask, where did you get the amazing fushia and turquois bowls? They would make anything taste sweeter!
    Wonderful blog!

  • Sparkle and Co
    Posted at 14:30h, 21 March

    Speechless… I’ll do some for my hubby 😉

  • Lora @cakeduchess
    Posted at 15:06h, 21 March

    such pretty photos of something so simple and delicious to make. Your son is precious holding the whisk! I love mine with a touch of vanilla:)

  • Katrina
    Posted at 16:11h, 21 March

    Oh boy! I’ll take all three please!

  • Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media]
    Posted at 16:15h, 21 March

    Nothing beats homemade whipped cream. Absolutely a treat!

  • Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids
    Posted at 18:06h, 21 March

    I adore homemade whipped cream, and I make it all the time, too. But, I have never made chocolate or strawberry. Now I will, though. You are brilliant!

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:48h, 21 March

      Natalie, you gotta try some new flavors. Addictive I tell you!

  • Jersey Girl Cooks
    Posted at 18:59h, 21 March

    Love these ideas. I am a whipped cream fanatic. I don’t make it very often because I can eat the whole bowl.

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:51h, 21 March

      A common problem my friend. I know certain folks also can’t keep jars of peanut butter in the house for the very same reason.

  • Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}
    Posted at 19:32h, 21 March

    I love making my own whipped cream. We buy milk from a local farm. such a big difference from the store-bough one. And the cream, mmmm so so good!

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:48h, 21 March

      Roxana, I really need to find a local farmer to buy milk & eggs from. You are right-such a huge difference!

  • Maria
    Posted at 19:51h, 21 March

    Love all of the flavors! I will take a bowl of each:)

  • Rebekah
    Posted at 19:55h, 21 March

    Never tried making my own whip cream. I will be making this over the weekend for sure! We like whip cream on our pancakes and waffles instead of syrup at our house. My kids think its more decadent than syrup. I like that it has less sugar!

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:04h, 21 March

      Rebekah, whipped cream on pancakes and waffles is dreamy!!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    Posted at 20:08h, 21 March

    Love this post — something so simple yet informative. I love whipped cream with a touch of rosewater and pistachios. YUMMERS!

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:34h, 22 March

      Kiran, “rosewater and pistachios?!” Genius & elegant. Must try that!

  • Joanne
    Posted at 04:52h, 22 March

    My mom always used to decorate our birthday cakes with homemade whipped cream…and it really is the best! I love these fun flavor alternatives!

  • shelly (cookies and cups)
    Posted at 05:16h, 22 March

    Oh lord have mercy! This is the perfect post…my husband could skip dessert altogether and only eat whipped cream 🙂 I like almost-butter whipped cream too 🙂

  • Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray (soon to be Rachel Cooks)
    Posted at 05:39h, 22 March

    Whipped cream is the best! I love it with cinnamon on top of pumpkin pie….mmmmmm.

  • Erin @ Brownie Bites
    Posted at 06:10h, 22 March

    The photos in this post are just lovely! There is certainly nothing wrong with real fat.

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    Posted at 06:44h, 22 March

    Well, who could ever turn this down?!?

  • Lauren from Lauren's Latest
    Posted at 07:31h, 22 March

    There is nothing better than fresh whipped cream!

  • Melissa
    Posted at 10:24h, 22 March

    Beautiful- I love it! I could bathe in homemade whipped cream, too! It’s so decadent and comforting at the same time 🙂

  • Amanda
    Posted at 10:38h, 22 March

    Beautiful!!! I love a great organic homemade whipped topping… love all your versions of it!!

  • Angie
    Posted at 11:21h, 22 March

    Yummy Treat no guilt! I want a big fat dollop on my coffee right now. Where do you find those gorgeous bowls and plates? So pretty!!!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    Posted at 11:26h, 22 March

    Too fabulous for words!

  • Brooke @ Food Woolf
    Posted at 12:19h, 22 March

    Looks like you weren’t kidding about your kids loving whipped cream! What a great culinary tradition to have at home.

  • Andrea
    Posted at 12:59h, 22 March

    I love homemade whipped cream! I always use my hand mixer, I’ve never thought of using the kitchen aid.. HA I’m definately going to have to do that next time. Have you tried cinnamon whipped cream? Love that! Going to be trying your yummy versions next.

  • Nisha
    Posted at 15:07h, 22 March

    I haven’t tried making whipped cream at home yet; I always end up using the heavy cream for everything else. Been purchasing the Land o’Lakes brand, but now I’m thinking next time I’ll search for this Straus Family one – just for those lovely bottles 😀
    Looks like you made a LOT of cream. How do you store it and how many days does it keep well?

  • Charissa
    Posted at 17:59h, 22 March

    Whipped cream is probably one of my biggest weaknesses…like ever. Right up there with chocolate.

  • Sara{OneTribeGourmet}
    Posted at 19:30h, 22 March

    Wow homemade whipped cream…you had me at “cream”…I’m drooling! 🙂

  • Alyssa (Down_To_Earth)
    Posted at 03:24h, 23 March

    This is so fun! When I was a kid, I dreamed of having my own apartment and being able to eat whole cans of squirt whipped cream (because I was a grown-up and could do what I wanted) . . .now that I have my own place and (I guess I’m a grown-up), I’d much rather have this 🙂 Thanks, Marla!

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Posted at 03:52h, 23 March

    Wow..this is clear food 3x, Marla 🙂 Love..love your pictures!

  • brandi
    Posted at 07:38h, 23 March

    we have a local dairy, and their heavy cream tastes like ice cream. it’s incredible!

    i love the idea of a strawberry whipped cream – so fun for spring!

  • Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)
    Posted at 10:39h, 23 March

    I’m with you, I whip my whipping cream a lot – the thicker the better! These look so delicious, makes me want to go make some right now. Something I don’t make often enough even though it really is so simple.

  • Tomi
    Posted at 13:46h, 23 March

    I have to have that bowl! Where oh where did you get it?

  • angie
    Posted at 14:44h, 23 March

    Wow, how beautiful and delicious does that cream look. Your pics are beyond gorgeous.

    • Marla
      Posted at 17:36h, 23 March

      Thanks Angie. Photographing whipped cream was a treat in many ways!

  • Krista
    Posted at 08:50h, 25 March

    I just love this idea of flavoring whipped cream!!! I’ve used vanilla before but never thought to use other flavors. Thank you for inspiring me!

  • sweetsugarbelle
    Posted at 15:38h, 26 March

    This is HEAVEN!

  • Straus Family Creamery
    Posted at 17:03h, 26 March

    Hi there, Thanks for the wonderful post – we love that our products are your muse! The buttery color of our cream comes from the high levels of beta-carotene that naturally occurs in the sweet coastal grasses our cows eat. This is typical for the Sonoma and Marin County region of Northern California where all of our cows graze. ~ Helen.

  • Baker Street
    Posted at 00:47h, 29 March

    Homemade whipped cream sounds heavenly Marla! I’m going to try the strawberry soon.

  • quiescentmind
    Posted at 09:40h, 29 March

    I love whipped cream.

  • Kristina Vanni
    Posted at 09:12h, 31 March

    What a great extra touch! Great recipe to have on hand. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Jen Laceda
    Posted at 23:51h, 22 April

    hi, there! just found your blog through Pinterest and Google image search 🙂 I’m Jen, and I’m a busy (and exhausted) mother of 3 slash food blogger slash blog reader slash stylist and photographer wanna-be! love, love, love the look and the friendly feel of your blog! i’ll be lurking around 🙂

  • Myranda
    Posted at 11:25h, 06 May

    How do you store and how many days does it keep?

    • Marla
      Posted at 12:44h, 06 May

      Store in a airtight container for a few days.

  • amy marantino
    Posted at 10:12h, 09 May

    i want to try making the strawberry version

  • Sue {munchkin munchies}
    Posted at 15:02h, 11 June

    I love to whip up the real deal, but have never experimented with flavors!?! Time to change that status! Thanks for the whipped cream refresher course and the inspiration:)

    • Marla
      Posted at 16:53h, 11 June

      Sue, I love the real deal too! Both are now favorites over here 🙂

  • Mary Vrabel
    Posted at 17:11h, 11 June

    Hello! Can’t wait to make this! Couldn’t agree more that one of the easiest yet most intimidating things to make! Could one use their blender for this? Thanks and have a great week!

  • Charmaine
    Posted at 10:38h, 13 July

    How long does it keep in a refrigerator?

    • Marla
      Posted at 13:08h, 13 July

      Charmaine, it lasted for quite a few days for us. Should last several days, check out this helpful post on whipped cream storage from The Kitchn

  • Natalie
    Posted at 09:54h, 16 August

    Can you store this in a refrigerator container until it’s time to put it on your cake or pie and it won’t lose it’s texture? I am planning on using it on some keylime pie slices but I wanted to make sure that the consistency would still be the same. I am so excited!

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:00h, 16 August

      Hi Natalie, we store ours for a dew days. You might need to re-whip or whisk a bit before you serve though.

  • Farzana
    Posted at 12:58h, 16 December

    How much mashed up strawberries did you use? I am thinking about making a vanillia cake with strawberry whipcream frosting for the cake. Just trying to get an idea. 1 cup? 2cup? I just want the whipcream to turn watery and not hold its shape.

  • Hotdogsally
    Posted at 13:04h, 20 January

    Please, please, please share where the dishes came from?

  • Phyllis
    Posted at 19:31h, 22 January

    homemade whipped cream….looks…sooo…good…oooh–ho-ho-ho this is just SWEeEtLY meeeeean…BTW i dont blame you for being afraid (in the past) just for the THOUGHT of making homemade whip cream …
    wud you believe I had this FEAR of making pie crust YES! pie crust…wen i heard how everyone HAD to have this crust ever sooo flaky etc. etc…i was like oooh NO! i aint makin that!!! (as though they asked me to open the closet where the monster CUD be…. lol) and today eud you believe I actually get compliments on a good crust!! hmph! whoodda thunk??

  • Mary Newbury
    Posted at 11:37h, 02 February

    I am going to try white chocolate

  • Kelli Burau
    Posted at 18:40h, 12 February

    Does this turn out if you do not have a stand mixer?

    • Marla
      Posted at 02:51h, 13 February

      You can probably use a hand mixer.

  • tanya hart
    Posted at 14:42h, 17 March

    i am a little behind on getting my Kitchen Aid mixer, we’ve been married almost 13 years with 4 kids and i could’ve really have used it for years, but just got it about 3 weeks ago. i’ve made mashed potatoes, cookies, whipped cream, and am just getting started. i am glad i found your blog, and i know you will give me some great ideas on how to use this fabulous new tool and make many variations of whipped cream. thanks!

  • Mireille
    Posted at 04:29h, 20 March

    I adore whipped cream as well. Cool Whip always tasted like plastic to me and I never really liked plastic so . . . One way I’ve used whipped cream is to make cream cheese frosting. I find that regular cream cheese frosting is too thick for my tastes and so I mix an 8oz block of light cream cheese into the mixer with 1/2 cup of sugar and beat it until it’s light and fluffy and then I add a cup of heavy whipping cream. The kind I buy is 35%. I mix that in until it has a frosting-like consistency and then sometimes I add flavourings such as chocolate, strawberry or vanilla. This will frost 9″ cake. The recipe can be doubled to frost larger cakes as well. I’ve used this recipe for strawberry shortcakes and people loved it. Thanks for the great blog. Cheers, Mireille

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:52h, 20 March

      Such a great idea to change up cream cheese frosting!! Thanks Mireille 🙂

  • Angie @ Big Bear's Wife
    Posted at 12:16h, 26 March

    mmm I’m excited to make the chocolate whipped cream! I really need to get one of those whisks attachments!

  • Lori jones
    Posted at 14:21h, 26 March

    Oh what about lemon zest or just lemon juice???(flavor)

    • Marla
      Posted at 14:34h, 26 March

      That would be amazing!!! Go for it 🙂

  • BreAnna
    Posted at 14:45h, 16 May

    Hi Marla!

    As simple as whipped cream is I have been intimidated by it until reading your blog post. so thank you! Sometimes I use Starbucks vanilla syrup as a two for one – vanilla & sweetener.
    On another completely unrelated note: where did you get that bowl pictured holding whipped cream..the turquoise with a purple & pink flower design on it? It’s charming.

  • Tera
    Posted at 20:48h, 30 May

    I LOVE that you’ve come so far in the kitchen after being afraid
    at first!!! I buy the food and do the cooking, when I do make or buy the unhealthy stuff its gone in a blink of an eye. I to try to express the importance of portion control,I cant seem to get through!! Your blog is an inspiration & I cant wait to try everything!! I LOVE your decor and the country yet chic feel!! I hope you end up with your own bakery or for my sake (selling your photo’s,they would be a beautiful addition to my decor and I bet atleast 5 other woman I know would LOVE THEM as well!)if you do sell your photo’s Id love to find out more!! Thank you for the recipes!!

  • Chris
    Posted at 03:47h, 04 June

    For flavoring I’ve always used SF Jello or Pudding mixes. Maybe a teaspoon or two depending on amount of whipped cream I’m making. The mix blends in nicely.

  • Reagan
    Posted at 21:16h, 01 July

    Try putting a cup of dry brownie mix into it! Delish 🙂

  • Tomi
    Posted at 08:06h, 29 March

    Finally, I found the answer to my question and several others. The bowl can be found at http://www.laylagrayce.com/Products/Rose-Blue-Salad-Bowl__PIP51003002.aspx

    Gorgeous!

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