Stabilized Whipped Cream

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This is the perfect, easy stabilized whipped cream to make for all your cakes, cupcakes, and pies. It holds up longer and makes a great alternative to frosting.

whipped cream swirled over a vanilla cupcake with chocolate cupcakes in the background

While using unflavored gelatin is a popular option, it can leave clumps throughout the whipped cream. You’ll find that using piping gel is smooth.

This version is basically foolproof for any baker. You’ll find that the piping gel mixes in so easily.

I have found that this recipe can hold its shape for up to a week in the fridge! I wouldn’t recommend keeping it that long, but the staying power is real.

You’ll be so impressed you’ll want to tell all your friends how to make stabilized whipped cream with my recipe!

Why this recipe works

  • Piping gel preserves homemade whipped cream for future use.
  • The texture of the piping gel mixes in smoothly without leaving clumps.

My recipe is so easy and foolproof. It’ll become your go-to frosting alternative.

cup of cream, bowl of powdered sugar, bowl of vanilla extract, and tub of clear piping gel

What you need

The piping gel is the star of the show creating a smooth and easy finished product. Let’s discuss just a few of the key ingredients:


This is a short overview of the ingredients I used and why I chose them. The full recipe can be found at the bottom of the post!

  • Heavy whipping cream: This ingredient is the main character of this recipe. Make sure to use it cold.
  • Powdered sugar: This adds sweetness to the recipe.
  • Vanilla extract: You’ll notice that this adds a sweet, woody flavor and aroma to the whipped cream.
  • Piping gel: This is the key to preserving the whipped cream and creating a clump-free texture.


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  • Mixer: You’ll need an electric mixer to whip up this tasty topping.

How to make stabilized whipped cream

1. Whip Until Frothy

Combine the main ingredients and whip until just foamy.

mixer whipping cream
  1. Whip together cream, confectioners’ sugar, piping gel and vanilla with an electric mixer in a mixing bowl.
  2. Then, continue on medium-low speed until just foamy.

2. Whip To Stiff Peaks

You’ll continue mixing the ingredients until stiff peaks form in it.

  1. Turn up your electric mixer to medium-high speed.
  2. Then, continue to whip until cream forms medium to stiff peaks.
  3. When it starts to thicken, avoid overmixing. It can make the cream become lumpy and butter-like.
  4. Use immediately on your favorite dessert or frost a cake. Make sure to put your dessert in the fridge until ready to serve.

Jen’s Best tips

  • Chill a stainless steel bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes before whipping the cream in it. This results in full, fluffy whipped cream.
  • Don’t overbeat the whipping cream. It may develop a lumpy, butter-like texture.
  • I would recommend storing it in the fridge. However, it can hold up at room temperature for a couple of hours.
  • Tint the whipped cream by mixing food coloring into the gel before adding it to the cream.
stabilized whipped cream swirled in a wooden bowl with blue napkin in the background

Different ways to use this recipe

I absolutely adore this recipe as a replacement for frosting. These are some of my favorite recipes to use it on.

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whipped cream swirled over a vanilla cupcake with chocolate cupcakes in the background

Stabilized Whipped Cream

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Stabilized Whipped Cream will hold up longer and can make a great alternative to frosting! With this easy recipe, you will have a delightful whipped topping that’s perfect for cakes, cupcakes, and pies.


  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 4 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons clear piping gel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium bowl, whip cream, confectioners' sugar, piping gel, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium-low speed just until foamy.
  2. Turn the speed up to medium-high and continue to whip until the cream forms medium to stiff peaks. Make sure not to overbeat, the cream will become lumpy and butter-like.
  3. Use immediately on your favorite dessert and keep your dessert refrigerated until ready to serve.


Vanilla extract: Instead, use an equal amount of vanilla bean paste if you wish to have more vanilla flavor.

Use a stainless steel bowl that has been chilled in the freezer for 30 minutes to whip the cream in. This ensures the cream will whip up full and fluffy.

You can double, triple, quadruple this recipe with no issue.

You can tint the whipped cream by adding food coloring to the gel before mixing it in.

Make ahead tip:

  1. Stabilized whipped cream will hold up at room temperature for a couple of hours, but it's best to keep it refrigerated.
  2. In the refrigerator, it will keep for 3-5 days.
  3. I do not recommend freezing it.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

* Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy by an online nutrition calculator and is not guaranteed to be accurate. Always seek advice from a nutritionist or medical professional.

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  1. Susan Hayes says:

    Hi! I am a novice at decorating cakes. I would like to pipe a Rose with a 2D piping tip onto cupcakes for my daughters bridal shower. Can I use a colored gel instead of clear with the whipped cream ?

    1. I haven’t tried colored gel with this whipped cream but I imagine it would be fine.

  2. Cindy McCampbell says:

    I have never tried this. But I’m wondering what would happen to it if you tried to use it in something like a Jell-O salad? Many people don’t like Cool Whip, or they can’t get it at all. We all know what happens to whipping cream when you add it to something like a Jell-O salad; it weeps into the salad. So, it you know of a fix I would love to hear about it!!! I’m sure there are a lot of others that would be interested too!!!

    1. Hi Cindy! I’ve actually never made Jello salad so I have no idea how this whipped cream would work in one.

  3. Can this be setout in room temperature for a couple hours

    1. Even though it’s stabilized I wouldn’t risk leaving it out at room temperature for too long, especially if the room is warm. I would keep it in the refrigerator up until you plan to use it.

  4. Works like a charm. I couldn’t find clear, but I subbed in white and it was perfect

  5. thank you for the tutorial – can skimmed milk powder or corn flour be added instead of the piping gel?

    1. I’ve actually never used skimmed milk powder or corn flour to stabilize whipped cream so I have no idea how it will work.

    2. Victoria Maclaren says:

      @Jen Sobjack, I have used milk powder, and yes, it DOES work, but I don’t like to use it because it has a texture that is slightly grainy and unpleasant. I am looking forward to trying the gel!!

  6. Can I use whipped cream as a filling with fresh strawberries and frost the cake with buttercream.

    1. That should work just fine. Don’t add sugar to the strawberries or they’ll weep too much and cause a mess.

  7. warren buffett says:

    This look amazing!

  8. Mmmmm piping gel! how come no body thought of that before? all the time made with gelatin and once I saw someone on Utube stabilizing whipping cream with sour cream.
    Thank you,