Sweetened Whipped Cream With Variations

Whipped Cream
Diana Rattray
    10 min
Ratings (17)

Use this whipped cream to top a cake, gingerbread, or pies. 

Frozen and powdered whipped toppings are convenient and long-lasting, but nothing beats the flavor and texture of the freshly whipped cream. It's the perfect topping for gingerbread, fresh strawberries or strawberry shortcake, and it is the best topping for a luscious cream pie.

This sweetened whipped cream is flavored with vanilla, or try one of the many flavor variations below the tips section.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup heavy cream or whipping cream, chilled*
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons confectioners'  sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to Make It

  1. Whip the chilled cream until almost stiff.
  2. Add the confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until cream holds peaks.
  3. Spread over top of cooled pie or dollop on bread pudding, gingerbread, cobblers, or other desserts.

*Whipping cream (or "light whipping cream") contains 30 to 36% milk fat while heavy cream (or "heavy whipping cream") contains 36 to 40%.

Tips

  • One cup of whipping cream or heavy cream will yield 2 cups of whipped cream.
  • Powdered sugar contains cornstarch which helps stabilize the whipped cream. You can use granulated sugar -- preferably superfine -- or brown sugar, but it will lack the extra stability and might remain slightly grainy. 
  • Your cream will whip faster if you chill the bowl and beaters in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Begin whipping the cream on a low or medium-low speed, then increase the speed as it thickens. This will keep splatters to a minimum.
  • Use a bowl that is deep enough for the cream to double in volume. A deep bowl will also keep spatters contained.
  • Don't add sugar or flavorings until the cream is thick and begins to form soft peaks.
  • Don't overbeat the cream. If you see buttery clumps forming, you've gone too far.

Variations

  • Maple Whipped Cream - Omit the sugar and vanilla and beat 3 tablespoons of the darkest maple syrup into the cream when it begins to form soft peaks.
  • Chocolate Whipped Cream - Put 3 ounces of chopped semisweet chocolate in a medium bowl. Heat the cream and 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. When the cream begins to boil, remove it from the heat and pour it over the chocolate. Stir until smooth. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, transfer to a larger bowl, and beat to soft or stiff peaks.
  • Spiced Whipped Cream - Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon along with the powdered sugar and flavoring.
  • Citrus Whipped Cream - Replace the flavoring with about 1 tablespoon of finely grated lemon or orange zest.
  • Lemon Curd Whipped Cream - Make the whipped cream with 1 tablespoon of confectioners' sugar and omit the vanilla. When stiff peaks form, whisk 3 tablespoons of chilled lemon curd into the cream.
  • Liqueurs - Replace the flavoring or add to it with a tablespoon or two of a flavored liqueur. Try coffee-flavored liqueur, amaretto (almond-flavored), Cointreau or Grand Marnier (orange), Chambord (raspberry), or a hazelnut liqueur, such as Frangelico. The possibilities are endless!
  • Coffee Flavored - Add 2 teaspoons of instant espresso or coffee granules to the cream before whipping and use the larger amount (4 tablespoons) of powdered sugar.

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