Just in case you’ve never really heard of Chantilly Whipped Cream before, know that it’s just a fancy term used to designate heavy cream that’s been whipped, sweetened and flavored with a bit of vanilla extract.
Most people just like to call it Whipped Cream. Plain and simple.
Let’s be honest, whipped cream is one of those essential basic recipes that you absolutely need to master in the kitchen — there are just so many recipes out there that call for it, either as a part of the ingredients list, or merely as a topping or garnish.
And really, whipped cream; that’s super easy to make, right?
Way too easy to even require a recipe, right?
Well, that’s what I used to think, too…
But I recently came to realize that apparently, a lot of people struggle when it comes to making whipped cream from scratch…
That make sense, I guess. If it weren’t true, then there would be absolutely no need for products such as Cool Whip or Ready Whip, right? ‘Cuz really, making whipped cream from scratch takes the better part of what… 2 minutes, maybe?
Seriously, once you know how to make your own Whipped Cream, you’ll simply never want to go back to the aforementioned products.
If you’re one of those individuals who are having a hard time tackling this basic recipe, allow me, if you please, to share with you a few step-by-step instructions, pictures and pointers to help you achieve the perfect Chantilly Whipped Cream every.single.time!
Step-by-step instructions with pictures immediately follow recipe
- 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
- 2-4 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, (store-bought or homemade) (or other flavor extract of your choice)
- For best results, you must work with cold ingredients and equipment. If necessary, stick your bowl and beaters in the freezer to chill for 15-20 minutes before you start whipping your cream.
- Also, make sure that you choose a bowl that's large enough to accommodate for the expansion of the cream (it will at least double in volume) as well as to contain the inevitable splatter.
- Pour the heavy whipping cream in the bowl and beat on medium speed until it becomes thick and frothy, about 1 minute.
- Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and resume beating, on medium speed still, until the cream becomes real thick and the swirls created by the beaters hold their shape really well.
- Do not over beat as the cream will start to separate very quickly.
- Use immediately or keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS & PICTURES
One of the first rules that you must obey when making whipped cream is that, for best results, you must work with cold ingredients and equipment. If you have to, especially during the warmer months of summer, stick your bowl and beaters in the freezer to chill for 15-20 minutes before you start whipping your cream.
Also make sure to take your whipping cream out of the fridge at the last possible minute.
And while we’re on the subject of cream, be certain that you get heavy WHIPPING cream. Don’t go using heavy cooking cream or old fashioned heavy cream. Always double check that it’s got AT LEAST 35% M.F.
Lastly, make sure that you choose a bowl that’s large enough to accommodate the expansion of said cream (it will at least double in volume) as well as to contain the inevitable splatter.
Pour the heavy whipping cream into the cold bowl and beat on medium speed until it becomes thick and frothy, about 1 minute.
Most people will have you whip your cream on high speed but really, this isn’t ideal. When I was in pastry school, I learned that whipping cream at medium speed will allow more air to get into it, resulting in a much lighter, fluffier whipped cream, not to mention the fact that you’ll get a little bit more by volume, too.
At first, you’ll see hundreds of little bubbles form at the top of the cream. That’s what you want! The more bubbles, the better!
Eventually, the bubbles will subside and the cream will start to become thick and frothy…
You should be about a minute into the process here. Oh, and see what I meant about splatter? It’ll only get worse, too!
When you get to the thick and frothy stage, that’s when you want to add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
How much powdered sugar you add is really up to you, depending on how sweet you like your whipped cream to be; between 2 and 4 tablespoons is a good amount.
And if you wanted to give a bit of a different flavoring to your Whipped Cream, you could most definitely go with a different kind of extract here, too. Lemon, coffee, strawberry, rum butter, pecan, caramel… name it! The possibilities are endless!
You could even add a few drops of food coloring, if you wanted to have a little fun!
Resume beating, on medium speed still, until the cream becomes real thick and the swirls and ripples left behind by the beaters start to hold their shape really well.
You could stop right here if you’re going to use the whipped cream as part of a recipe, or drop great big dollops of it by the spoonful over your favorite dessert.
If you’re planning on piping your Whipped Cream with a pastry bag, though, you may want to keep going for just a few seconds more, to make my Whipped Cream just a tad firmer.
Make sure that you do not over beat, though, as the cream will start to separate VERY quickly. And then you’d end up with sweetened butter and buttermilk. Ugh. No bueno.
You’re always better off keeping your Whipped Cream on the slightly soft under-whipped side than whipping it too much, as there is absolutely no way to recover over-whipped cream. With a little bit of practice, you’ll totally get the hang of it and know exactly when to stop.
Preferably, you want to use your Whipped Cream as soon as it’s ready, but it can also be kept in the refrigerator until ready to use, for up to a couple of days.
Just try not to eat if all by the spoonful, if you do that… store it way in the back of the fridge so you don’t get to see it every time you need to grab something from the ice box!