Whipped Cream Recipe


Fresh whipped cream is one of life's great pleasures. And once you find out how easy it is to make at home, you'll never go back to the canned stuff again.

Hands On Time:
4 mins
Total Time:
4 mins
3 cups

Start with just 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar for every 2 cups of cream. You can always add more if you want it sweeter. Add a splash of vanilla (or bourbon or amaretto) for extra flavor, then serve over your favorite chewy brownie recipe, in place of ice cream alongside cake, or folded with crushed berries.


  • 2 cups heavy cream (preferably organic)

  • 2 - 3 tablespoons powdered sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)

  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Combine cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla, if using, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.

  2. Beat on medium until cream holds soft peaks, about 4 minutes (watch carefully, as all mixers and pints of cream are not created equal). Whipped cream can be made up to 2 hours ahead.

  3. Refrigerate until ready to use. Stir gently with a spatula before serving.

    Greg DuPree

If you overwhip, don't panic. Add a splash of fresh, unwhipped cream to the curdled lumps and fold it in with a rubber spatula. Repeat as needed until the mixture smooths out.

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