Elevate your desserts to new heights with homemade Fresh Whipped Cream, a simple yet transformative addition that’s infinitely better when made just before serving. With just three ingredients, this recipe yields a fluffy, sweet, and luxuriously creamy topping that’s versatile enough to accompany any dessert, from pies and cakes to fresh fruit and beyond.

There’s something magical about freshly whipped cream – the way it enhances every dessert it touches, adding not just flavor but also a sense of occasion. This recipe is my go-to for making moments special, proving that sometimes, it’s the simplest ingredients that create the most delightful experiences.

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The Chemistry of Fresh Whipped Cream

Whipping cream into stiff peaks is fascinating process of incorporating air into liquid. As the heavy whipping cream is beaten, the fat molecules in the cream begin to coalesce, trapping air bubbles. This transformation, aided by the stabilizing effect of the powdered sugar and the flavor enhancement from the vanilla extract, turns the liquid cream into a thick, airy foam. Achieving stiff peaks means you’ve created enough structure to hold the air bubbles in place, resulting in the perfect whipped cream texture.

Can you make whipped cream ahead of time?

While freshly whipped cream, you can whip it a few hours in advance. Store it in the refrigerator and give it a quick whisk before serving to refresh its texture.

How can you flavor whipped cream?

Beyond vanilla, you can infuse whipped cream with a variety of flavors like almond extract, citrus zest, or even liqueurs. Experiment to find your perfect pairing.

Best way to store leftover whipped cream?

Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fluffy for a day or two. A quick whisk can help revive it.

What’s the difference between heavy cream and heavy whipping cream?

The terms are often used interchangeably. Both contain high fat content, ideal for whipping into cream. The main difference lies in the fat percentage, with heavy cream being slightly higher, but both will whip beautifully.

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What is in Fresh Whipped Cream?

Heavy Whipping Cream

The base of the recipe, its high fat content is crucial for achieving that luxurious whipped texture.

Powdered Sugar

Adds sweetness while its fine texture helps stabilize the whipped cream.

Vanilla Extract

When using pure vanilla extract, as opposed to imitation flavoring, it will add the deep rich flavor that everybody wants in a treat.

Storage Tips

Store whipped cream in an airtight container for up to 2 days. It may separate slightly, but a quick whisk will bring it back to life. Freeze dollops of whipped cream on baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag. Thaw in the refrigerator before use.

Making Ahead

For the freshest taste and texture, whip the cream close to serving time. If you must prepare in advance, a few hours in the fridge will do – just remember to whisk it gently before serving.

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Why make fresh whipped cream?

Fresh whipped cream is perfect for any occasion, from casual family dinners to elegant gatherings. It’s a simple way to add a gourmet touch to your favorite dessert or even a bowl of fresh fruit.

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Fresh Whipped Cream

5 from 2 votes
Author: Madison Reid
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20
Whipped cream is always better if you whip it up right before you serve it!


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • In a standing mixer or in a bowl with a handheld mixer add all three ingredients
  • Whip on high until it comes to stiff peak
  • Enjoy! Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.


Calories: 93kcal Carbohydrates: 4g Protein: 1g Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 27mg Sodium: 7mg Potassium: 23mg Sugar: 4g Vitamin A: 350IU Vitamin C: 0.1mg Calcium: 16mg Iron: 0.03mg

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Fresh Whipped Cream