Homemade Whipped Cream
Learn how to make Small Batch Homemade Whipped Cream from scratch without throwing away leftovers! With only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of whipping time, you will never buy canned whipped cream again. Makes enough whipped cream for two servings.
One of my goals for this year is to retest and rescale recipes to be more small batch friendly.
I’ve been blogging for almost 12 years now. Although I’ve been scaling down recipes for two most of my cooking life, I haven’t always blogged that way.
It’s one of the few things I regret about blogging; I wish I would’ve started this focus much sooner.
As I’m taking inventory of my recipes, I noticed one thing – I have blogged the same recipe for Small Batch Homemade Whipped Cream over and over and over and over…
I’ve always hated making a big batch of whipped cream from scratch because I would always have leftovers in the fridge.
And since whipped cream isn’t something that lasts more than 1-2 days, I end up throwing the rest out. Cue sad face.
After years of making it, I figured out the proper proportions for Small Batch Whipped Cream from scratch, which makes whipped cream for two servings.
I even figured out how to make flavored whipped cream too, including peanut butter whipped cream and chocolate whipped cream.
I’m going to do a miniseries posting each recipe separately (because who knew I could write so much about whipped cream?!). I promise it’ll be worth it!
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First up is my Small Batch Homemade Whipped Cream. It’s probably the most used recipe on this blog. I’ve always made it since I could remember; very rarely do I buy the canned version.
Another name for homemade whipped cream is Chantilly cream, which is the French name for it. It’s not a term I personally use, but if you see it on a menu, it’s good ol’ fashioned whipped cream.
With only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of whipping time, you will never buy canned whipped cream again.
The ingredients for homemade whipped cream are simple – cold heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
You can certainly add other ingredients such as peanut butter or cocoa powder, but they all start with the same three ingredients.
I highly recommend looking for heavy whipping cream vs. whipping cream (without the word heavy in it).
Although both produce luscious whipped cream, heavy whipping cream has a little more milk fat at 36%, which whips better and holds its shape more.
Whipping cream only has 30% milk fat, so it’s a little lighter and a little more time sensitive. That means it won’t hold its shape as much.
If you’re eating the whipped cream right away, such as on hot chocolate, using either type of cream will work.
However, if you need the whipped cream to last longer, such as on top of a small pumpkin pie, you’ll want to use heavy whipping cream.
Learning how to make whipped cream is so easy, you’ll wonder why you bother buying canned whipped cream.
I keep a constant supply of heavy cream in my fridge, so it’s much easier (and faster) to make my own than run to the store.
First, you want to start with cold cream, a cold bowl, and a cold beater. But I’ll let you in on a little secret:
I never chill my bowl or beater before whipping.
Starting with a cold bowl certainly helps, but truth is I never remember until I actually start to make it, then I get too lazy and impatient to wait an extra 15 minutes to chill.
Chilling is more necessary if your kitchen is super hot, especially in the summer, but it’s certainly not a disaster if you forget to chill.
I feel like I’m committing a cardinal kitchen sin admitting that, but I’m keeping it real with you.
You do, however, want to always start with cold cream. Which is even better because then you don’t have to wait for it to come to room temperature.
Next, you want to start beating on high speed until the cream starts to thicken.
At this point, you can gradually add in the powdered sugar and vanilla to sweeten up the cream.
Keep beating on high speed until stiff peaks start to form, which is anywhere from 3-5 minutes, depending on the speed of your mixer (or your arm muscles).
This means when you pull the beater straight up, peaks will form in the cream and will not fall over.
If the tops of the peaks do fall over, that is the soft peak stage, which means you still have a few more minutes of beating left.
Once you reach the stiff peak stage, stop beating. If you go further than that, it’ll get grainy then eventually turn into butter.
If you do find yourself with overbeaten whipped cream, add in another tablespoon or so of cream to help smooth it out.
As I mentioned earlier, I got tired of making a giant amount of whipped cream, only to throw out the extra later. That’s why I opted to share my Small Batch Whipped Cream recipe.
So, how DO you make whip a small amount of cream?
With 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, you can still whip it up in a 5 quart stand mixer bowl with your whisk attachment. That’s the method I prefer since it’s hands off.
However, you can use a smaller bowl and a hand mixer. I find using a hand mixer doesn’t whip in as much air, but the difference is minor when you serve it.
If you find yourself without any mixer to use, you can certainly whip the cream by hand with a whisk. Not only does this build arm strength, the whipped cream will taste better since a lot more love went into making it.
Using 1/4 cup heavy cream means you’ll have about 2 servings of whipped cream, perfect for small batch desserts.
If you find yourself cutting that in half to literally only 1 serving, you will probably have to use a hand mixer because the stand mixer bowl will be too big for 2 tablespoons cream.
Homemade whipped cream can be made in advance because it’ll last about 1-2 days in the refrigerator. It will deflate as it sits, but it’ll be fine to spoon alongside some dessert.
You can also re-whip deflated cream to put more air back into it. Be careful you don’t overwhip it into butter.
Additionally you can freeze whipped cream to make it last even longer, about 2 months or so.
I like to portion the whipped cream onto a cookie sheet (either piped or spooned), freeze until firm, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag.
That way, they’re ready to go for hot chocolate and individual desserts.
Recipes Using Whipped Cream
Now that you made homemade whipped cream, here are some the desserts you can serve with it:
- Thick Hot Chocolate For One
- Angel Food Cake In A Loaf Pan
- Small Batch Angel Food Cupcakes
- Eggless Pumpkin Pie
- Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
- Small Pecan Pie
- Strawberry Shortcake Cobbler
- Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake
- Cheesecake Milkshakes
- Copycat McDonald’s Shamrock Shake
- Cadbury Creme Egg Milkshakes
- Lemon Drop Cream Soda
- Red Velvet Oreo Cheesecake
- Brownies For Two
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake
- Mini Cherry Pies
- Mini Apple Pies
- Mini Lava Cakes
- Air Fryer Cheesecake
Small Batch Homemade Whipped Cream
Learn how to make Small Batch Homemade Whipped Cream from scratch without throwing away leftovers! With only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of whipping time, you will never buy canned whipped cream again.
- 1/4 cup cold heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large cold mixing bowl on medium-high speed either with a hand mixer or a 5 quart stand mixer using the whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream until it starts to thicken, about 1 minute.
- Gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla then continue beating until stiff peaks form (when you pull the beater up, peaks will form and not fall over), about 3-4 minutes.
- Serve immediately. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The longer it sits, the more it'll deflate but will still be edible.
Additionally you can freeze whipped cream to make it last even longer, about 2 months or so. Portion the whipped cream onto a cookie sheet by either piping or spooning, freeze until firm, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag.
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1/4 cup of cream will not work in my KitchenAid stand mixer as this not enough to whip into anything. I do whip 16 oz of heavy cream in my mixer and freeze what I don’t immediately use.
It worked in my 5 quart bowl for my KA stand mixer, but if it doesn’t work for yours, you can definitely use a hand mixer with a smaller bowl.
I do a lot of “for two” desserts and small batch whipped cream is the way to go.. I also keep heavy cream handy..
Great tip on freezing.. I’d thought about it but, haven’t actually done so.
Oh yes the freezing works wonders! Since I made three flavors at once for this miniseries, I froze the leftovers and been using them in hot chocolate.
I always make my own whipped cream. Home made Chai whipped cream is truly my favorite. Have not tried freezing it but I will now, Here is a wonderful Chai Chantilly recipe, it is sooo darn delicious on many things like French toast instead of butter, banana muffins, chocolate cake instead of frosting etc. Oh…. and just by the spoon full, in your mouth .
2/3 c. Heavy cream
1/2 tsp. gr. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. gr. cardamom
1/4 tsp. gr. ginger
2 Pinches gr. cloves
4 Tbls. Confectioners surger
Add all ingredients and whipped
Thank You Carla, for sharing the freezing bit !
Also thank you for your fajita seasoning recipe ! I make a bunch and have it in hand always ????
Ohhh I love chai spices and think that chai whipped cream sounds heavenly! Thanks for sharing.
Veea’na, This sounds like such an amazing treat! I an eager to whip up a batch this evening. I am guessing here, but, I baked an apple cake yesterday and I think the two will get along quite divinely!
I think chai and apple cake will go wonderful together!
Awesome Chai Chantilly recipe, Veea’ne! I might swirl in some brown sugar cardamom syrup, too:
Brown Sugar Cardamom Syrup:
* 1 oz whole green cardamom pods
* 1 c brown sugar
* 1 c water
1. In a small pan over low heat, toast the cardamom pods until fragrant, stirring often. Watch closely to avoid burning them.
2. Using a mortar and pestle, lightly crush the cardamom pods. Pour the pods and any exposed seeds into a medium sauce pan.
3. Add the water and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Strain solids through a fine mesh sieve. Store syrup in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
YESSS-needed this! I rarely need a ton of whipped cream at once lol so this is perfect
Wonderful! Let me know if you try it, Kayle!
Thank you so much for the angel food cake and the small batch whipped cream recipes! My question: where did you get the marvelous fluted tin bowls? I would love to get some like them!
An antique store! I believe they’re technically mini Jello molds but the bottoms are flat enough to sit as bowls.
This was perfect! So easy. Thank you for putting small batch recipes out there…not easy to find.
Thanks, Christina! Glad you’re enjoying the recipes.
Would this be enough whipped cream for the 6-7 Angel Food Cake Cupcakes, or would I need to like quadruple the recipe (use 1 cup heavy whipping cream)?
I know this post is almost a year old, so I’m not sure you’ll even see this, but thank you for the recipes!
I get notifications on all posts no matter how old, so I’m still here :) You should have enough as written, depending on how much you plan on piping.
Would it be weird for me to use granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar? I don’t want to end up making a huge batch of powdered sugar for one serving of whipped cream.
Powdered sugar contains cornstarch, so it helps stabilize the whipped cream a bit. However, since you’re making a small amount and presumably eating it right away, you will be fine with granulated. It may be slightly gritty, so if you have a small food processor you can whirl it to make superfine sugar. Optional in case you don’t have that either.
I ended up just making a large batch of powdered sugar since I figured I would probably need it again in the future. The whipped cream tasted like real whipped cream! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.
Oh good! Glad that worked out for you.
I actually use a narrow mouth pint mason jar (is that what this is called? lol The opposite to wide mouth) and the single whisk attachment oh my handheld kitchenaid since the kitchenaid stand mixer can’t handle a small amount. Fill it between a little less than 1/4 to 1/4 of the way full. Whip to light peaks then add powdered sugar – I usually do a teaspoon to a tablespoon depending on application – homemade vanilla, and pinch of sea salt. Continue for a few more seconds until stiff peaks form. Perfect every time! The narrow space of the jar whips it very quickly and you don’t get splatter on your walls! I probably should make a blog post about this ha ha.
I have a 5 quart KA stand mixer and it can handle this recipe. However, if someone had one of the larger sizes then I can see how it may be an issue. Thanks for sharing your technique using an immersion blender. I find not many people have one, so a hand mixer in an appropriate sized bowl would work as well.
Using an immersion blender is a really good idea, I’ll have to try that some day!! The only thing that might be an issue is that it may be too strong? Even the lowest setting might be too much since you want to start with a low speed. Will play around with it but for now I guess I’ll just use my hand mixer in the little mason jar lol
*I really should get a smaller kitchenaid stand mixer because I got it at a time that I was doing a lot of professional baking. It’s 7qts and I really, really love the minis for how much countertop space they take up!
Oh ok I misunderstand. I never heard of a hand mixer with a single whisk attachment, which is why I thought you meant immersion blender.
You can whip small amounts of heavy cream by hand by shaking in a small chilled jar with a tight lid. There are plenty of recipes on how to do it online, here are two:
Great method if your bowl is too big!
In Italy the whipped cream sits on top of the hot chocolate but mine just melts into it. How do you get the whipped cream to float on top of the hot chocolate?
I mean, it’s natural for whipped cream to melt into a hot drink but to slow down the process, you can freeze the whipped cream until super cold or you can let the drink cool down, maybe 15 minutes or so? Or even both together.