Homemade Whipped Cream

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This Homemade Whipped Cream recipe is so easy, anyone can make it! It requires only 3 ingredients and comes together in less than 10 minutes. Simply mix the ingredients together and you will have a smooth, fluffy, and delicious homemade whipped cream.

Homemade Whipped Cream in a wooden bowl on a blue fabric.

About Homemade Whipped Cream

A few years back I started making my own whipped cream.  I had always used the packaged stuff from the freezer section of the market and it’s great, but once you make your own, there’s no going back.

I truly never knew how simple it was to make until I decided to give it go.  You can make it as sweet as you want or go lighter on the sugar if need be.

Use this recipe as a base for easy stabilized whipped cream.

It’s so incredibly easy to make homemade whipped cream. Simply beat heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, and confectioners’ sugar together with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.

You can also beat just until the mixture reaches soft peaks for a softer whipped cream texture. This is great for topping desserts such as strawberry shortcakes.

Overhead view of Sweetened Whipped Cream in a wooden bowl with a jar of cream.

Is heavy cream and whipping cream the same thing?

Heavy cream and whipping cream are not the same thing. The difference is in their fat content.

Heavy cream (heavy whipping cream) contains 36 percent or more milk fat. While whipping cream contains just 30 percent or more milk fat.

Heavy cream, heavy whipping cream, and whipping cream will all work for recipes that incorporate whipped air. But keep in mind the more fat content a cream has, the more stable it will be in its whipped state.

Ingredients for homemade whipped cream

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Confectioners’ sugar

Whipped Cream in a wooden bowl and a jar of creamHow to make homemade whipped cream

Step 1: Whip heavy whipping cream to soft peaks

With the mixer on medium-low speed, beat the heavy cream until it’s thick and just barely holds soft peaks.

heavy cream in bowl

Step 2: Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla

Add in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract. Continue to whip until stiff peaks form.

whipped cream in bowl

Fluffy Whipped Cream in a glass bowl

Tips for making homemade whipped cream

  • Make sure you are working with cold cream. It whips best when it’s cold.
  • If you live in a warm climate, chill the mixing bowl before you begin.
This super easy homemade whipped cream can be made in less than 10 minutes and contains only 3 ingredients. It's so easy!

Homemade Whipped Cream

This Homemade Whipped Cream recipe is so easy, anyone can make it! It requires only 3 ingredients and comes together in less than 10 minutes.
3.5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Yields: 2 cups
Calories: 34
Author: Jen Sobjack


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


  • In a medium bowl, whip cream with an electric mixer on medium-low speed just until soft peaks form.
  • Add vanilla extract and sugar. Continue to whip until the cream forms stiff peaks. Make sure not to over beat, the cream will become lumpy and butter-like.


Make sure you are using cold cream. Warm cream will not whip to stiff peaks.
If you live in a warm climate, chill the mixing bowl for 30 minutes before you whip the cream.


Calories: 34kcal

Nutritional values here on my recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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