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How To Make Homemade Whipped Cream

Updated on June 29, 2011

Follow these simple instructions to make perfect whipped cream...


  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream (Manufacturing Cream)
  • 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Vanilla Bean Pod 
  • 1 Tsp. Brandy*

* Optional

How to prepare vanilla seeds

Using a sharp paring knife, cut the vanilla pod down the middle lengthwise into two halves. Then, set both halves seed-side-up onto a clean plate or cutting board and using the edge of the paring knife, gently scrape the seeds from the hull of the vanilla bean pod. Try to avoid scraping any of the hull. Set the vanilla seeds aside for your cream and discard the hull.

Three methods to making whipped cream

Method 1) The easy way - In a food processor, blend the manufacturing cream on high until it starts to thicken up (be careful not to over-blend the cream because it will turn to butter). Once the cream just starts to thicken, add the powdered sugar, the vanilla seeds and the optional brandy. Continue blending to desired thickness (should only take a few more seconds) and serve immediately.

Method 2) The "fail-proof" method - In a large cool mixing bowl, beat the manufacturing cream on high with an electric mixer until it just starts to thicken. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla seeds and optional brandy and continue beating on high until it reaches desired thickness. Serve immediately.

Method 3) The hard way - Same as above, only use a wire whisk instead of an electric mixer. Some Chefs refuse to make it any other way, but any of these methods will work beautifully if not over-mixed.

Whipped Cream Dispensers

If you don't want to spend the energy making whipped cream from scratch, but you still want that fresh homemade whipped cream taste, you might want to consider purchasing a whipped cream dispenser. They are easy to use and unlike making whipped cream in a bowl, you get to control the amount you make each time you use it - no waste! To use a whipped cream dispenser, you simply unscrew the top, add your ingredients, close it back up and screw in a NO2 charger (available seperately) and squeeze the trigger. A lot of restaurants will use whipped cream dispensers because of how convenient they are, and it's always a nice touch when your waiter can dress your dessert with fresh whipped cream tableside. As an added bonus, some whipped cream dispensers even come complete with their own assortment of decorating tips (like with a pastry bag). If you only end up using half the ingredients in the canister, you can store it in the fridge for later use. Again - no waste!



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      Delaney Boling 7 years ago

      Nothing fresher that that Habee! That's one problem with living in the city - it's hard to find a cow to milk within walking distance...

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      We used to have our own milk cow, so I made really fresh whipped cream and butter! Yum E!

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      Delaney Boling 7 years ago

      Both excellent ideas Carol! I usually do save mine for making creme brulee. When I boil the cream, I throw in the vanilla hulls to give it a bit more flavor before I temper it with the egg yolks. Maybe I shouldn't have said "discard." I bet they'd go great in teas also. Thanks!

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      Carol 7 years ago

      Delaney - great to see the excellent Rodelle video on how to scrape seeds from a vanilla bean. Might I suggest not throwing away the hull of the hull of the bean? It can be used in a jar full of sugar to make vanilla sugar or placed in a bottle of vodka for vanilla infused vodka. I'm a recent fan of Lisa Yockelson's Baking by Flavor. She offers a great recipe for making vanilla infused sugar.

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      Delaney Boling 7 years ago

      Absolutely Dave! I like to add a bit of orange zest to homemade whipped cream when making Berries & Cream. I bet coffee would be a nice touch if you were going to use whipped cream on chocolate or mocha desserts! Great idea!

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Delaney buddy this sounds yummie. Could you also add some Cocoa powder or some cold coffee to this for a more decadent flavour??

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago