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classic whipped cream

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Kitchen Crew
By Kitchen Crew

Fresh whipped cream is quite the treat and extremely easy to make. Vanilla extract is the traditional flavor added to homemade whipped cream but try other extracts too. Almond or mint are wonderful additions. Want to make your whipped cream boozy? One tablespoon at a time, add your favorite liquors like Baileys or Kahlua for an adult treat.

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There are two tricks to making classic homemade whipped cream. First, make sure the bowl and whisk are cold (place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes). Second, do not over-whip the cream. Whipped cream should be light and airy. If it's whipped too long, you'll make butter. This recipe can be prepared a day or two ahead of time, too. Whip the cream, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge. Right before needed, whisk the cream to freshen it up and incorporate any extra liquid.

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★★★★★ 1
prep time 2 Min
cook time 10 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For classic whipped cream

  • 2 c
    heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1/4 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

How To Make classic whipped cream

  • Ready to chill whisk and bowl.
    Chill bowl and whisk in the freezer.
  • Cold cream in the cold bowl.
    Place 2 cups of cold heavy whipping cream in the mixing bowl.
  • Slightly whisking the cream.
    Beat on medium speed for a minute.
  • Slowly adding powdered sugar.
    Once slightly thickened, add powdered sugar.
  • Beating until peaks form.
    Beat until peaks form. Watch not to overbeat.
  • Adding vanilla extract.
    Add vanilla extract.
  • Whipped until extract incorporated.
    Whisk until incorporated.
  • Bowl of classic whipped cream.
    The finished whipped cream.
  • Classic whipped cream on strawberry shortcake.
    Dollop onto your favorite dessert, like a simple strawberry shortcake.