How To Make Whipped Cream

Get all the tips and tricks for making perfect whipped cream every time.

Perfect whipped cream for pumpkin pie

I’ll admit that I actually don’t worry too much about whipped cream. I just pour heavy cream into my stand-mixer bowl, attach the whisk and let it go. But there was that one time that I let it go for too long and ended up with butter. I’ve been a bit more careful about it since then. There are other things you can do to perfect your whipped cream as well. Here are a few.

  1. Start with a cold bowl. Put it in the freezer for 20 minutes or so before you start.
  2. As mentioned, don’t walk away. You don’t want to end up with butter.
  3. Stop the mixing regularly and check to see if soft peaks are forming. You don’t want them stiff. Light and fluffy.
  4. Add a bit of sugar, confectioners sugar (some people call it powdered sugar or icing sugar). Measure your liquid whipping cream before you start. Beat it until it starts to thicken then add 1-3 tablespoons per cup of liquid cream. It really depends on how sweet you want it.
  5. Store your whipped cream in a covered bowl in the fridge for up to a few hours. After that, it can separate and get liquidy. It’s still fine. Drain off the liquid and you’re good to go.

OK, you’ve got the basics down. How can you make it into the perfect whipped cream for pumpkin pie?

  1. When you add the sugar, also add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla per cup of liquid cream.
  2. And 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
  3. Instead of vanilla, go with 1 teaspoon of bourbon.
  4. Or skip the sugar, and add maple syrup (you can still add the vanilla.
  5. Use brown sugar instead of powdered sugar for a caramel flavor.
  6. Or even go in with some caramel syrup.
  7. After your whipped cream is flavored and made, add some chopped pralines. Ooooo or sweet and spicy nuts.

That is going to be some fantastic topping on your fantastic pumpkin pie. You rock!

This post originally appeared in November, 2015 and was revised and republished in November, 2016.

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Cookful. She also blogs at COOKtheSTORY where she specializes in easy healthy homemade recipes. Healthiness aside, she has been known to shred cheese onto a dinner plate, microwave it for 30 seconds, and then eat the messy goop with a spoon.