Homemade Whipped Cream

Homemade Whipped Cream
With heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract, this Homemade Whipped Cream is the perfect way to top your favorite desserts.

Reddi Wip is a distinct memory from my childhood.

I remember how exciting it was every time my brother, sister, and I saw my dad walk over to the refrigerator and pull out the Reddi Wip can.  As long as no one got hurt in the sprint to the kitchen, or in our respective attempts to be first in line, we’d all get some Reddi Wip sprayed directly into our mouths.

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Homemade Whipped Cream

My mom always insisted that her homemade whipped cream was better than the nitrous oxide-propelled whipped cream that came out of the Reddi Wip can.

I didn’t entirely believe her until I got older.  The swirled Reddi Wip cream was too enticing.

As an adult, I get it.  Homemade whipped cream is, hands down, better in every way.

Homemade Whipped Cream

Stiff Peaks vs. Medium Peaks

Some are convinced that stiff peaks are ideal for whipped cream.  Others insist that medium peaks are better.

I like both.

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First, you must use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to make whipped cream.  I don’t own a stand mixer, but even if I did, I’d probably still use a hand mixer for whipped cream.

Stiff peaks stand straight when you lift the hand mixer out of the whipped cream, while medium peaks will fall a bit/lose some structure when you lift the hand mixer out.

Make your whipped cream both ways, and decide if you prefer one type of peak to the other.  It’s merely a matter of how long you whip the cream: medium peaks will form first.  If you keep whipping, you’ll get firm peaks.

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Make Homemade Whipped Cream

Now my daughter and nieces line up in the kitchen whenever they see grandpa take the Reddi Wip can out of the refrigerator.  I’ll always love Reddi Wip because of my dad, and I hope all the granddaughters will too.

But I’m also excited for the day that they recognize grandma’s wisdom: homemade whipped cream is the best.  Make my recipe next time you want to make a favorite dessert even better.

Homemade Whipped Cream

A Few Things!

I sweeten my whipped cream with sugar, and I add vanilla extract for extra flavor. 

Be sure to use real vanilla extract.  Costco usually has an amazing price.  Imitation vanilla extract may be cheaper, but it doesn’t taste half as good.  And, there’s debate about where it comes from…

Here’s my favorite hand mixer on Amazon [aff. link].  This is the mixer I always use for my whipped cream.  You can also find this mixer in my Amazon store here.

Homemade Whipped Crea
5 from 1 vote

Homemade Whipped Cream

With heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract, this Homemade Whipped Cream is the perfect way to top your favorite desserts.
Prep Time7 mins
Total Time7 mins
Servings: 4 people
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Ingredients

  • 2-3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream, (8 fluid ounces)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Add the sugar, cream, and vanilla extract to a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Turn a hand mixer on to medium speed, and beat the sugar, cream, and vanilla extract together.
  • Beat for 3-5 minutes, until medium or stiff peaks form, whichever texture you prefer.

Serve and enjoy!

  • Serve the whipped cream with brownies, cake, pie, ice cream. etc.

Notes

Stiff peaks stand straight when you lift the hand mixer out of the whipped cream, while medium peaks will fall a bit/lose some structure when you lift the hand mixer out. I like whipped cream both ways.
Whipped cream lasts for about three days. If it deflates, simply re-whip.

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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely agree – you cannot beat freshly whipped cream. Loving the addition of vanilla. And with the holiday season coming up, there’s also endless ways to infuse it with “winter spices” like nutmeg or cinnamon.

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