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3 Ingredient Homemade Whipped Cream

Those of you who are experienced in the kitchen will read this post title and be like, “What? Why is this even a post?? Doesn’t everyone know how to whip cream??”

homemade whipped cream

But if I have learned anything in my years of blogging, it is that any knowledge or skills I take for granted will be new to someone out there, and I can help someone by sharing a how-to.

For instance, I’ve come across a fair number of people who have no idea how to sew a button on.

Or people who are surprised that making your own frosting is actually super simple (butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, a little milk or cream! Here’s a recipe.)

And I know there are also people who have no idea how easy it is to make whipped cream.

If that’s you, well, read on, because this post is for you.

Why bother making whipped cream?

Well, first of all, homemade whipped cream tastes better than Cool Whip or canned whipped cream.

Second, I think it’s less expensive, as long as you can get vanilla at a reasonable price.

A pancake stack on a white plate, topped with peaches and whipped cream.

Thirdly, three ingredients seem way healthier to me than the ten or so ingredients you see listed on a can of whipped cream.

Fourth, I do think homemade whipped cream is less trash-producing. You can make a powerful amount of whipped cream with a bag of sugar (which comes in a recyclable or compostable paper bag), a container of vanilla (technically a recyclable plastic bottle), and a pint or quart of whipped cream.

(Bonus reason: if you make homemade whipped cream, you get to lick the beater when you are done. Can’t do that with a spray can of whipped cream.)

Three ingredients

You can make one-ingredient whipped cream (put heavy cream into a mixer and whip it up), but that’s not going to be at all reminiscent of what comes in the spray can.

To make sweet whipped cream, you just need:

  • heavy cream (table cream or half-and-half will not whip)
  • sugar
  • vanilla

You need an electric mixer

“Need” is maybe not the right word. If you want a workout, you can whip cream by hand with a whisk.

But cream-whipping is going to be significantly easier if you’ve got an electric mixer. 

I personally use my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer every time.

(This is the Kitchen-Aid model I have.)

It helps to keep things really cold

You don’t need to do this, but if you put your mixer bowl and beater into the freezer for a few minutes before whipping the cream, it can help your cream whip up better, especially in the summer when your kitchen is warm.

Whip it just until it’s fluffy

If you beat it in the mixer for too long, the texture will get a little too stiff (vs. creamy), and if you leave it even longer, the milk solids will start to turn into butter.

This is a super-easy crustless pumpkin pie

You have to seriously overdo the beating to get to the butter stage, though. I’ve tried making butter on purpose and it takes FOREVER in a stand mixer.

So. Don’t worry too much about accidentally making butter; just whip the cream until soft peaks form and it looks nice and fluffy.

Whipped cream is best right away, but you can store it

We usually eat whatever I make right away (I can be counted upon to lick the bowl every time), but I’ve stored whipped cream in a container in the fridge for a day or two.

What can you use whipped cream for?

Well, I mean, you can just eat it with a spoon if you are a blogger named Kristen.

waffles with berries and whipped cream

If you are a non-Kristen person, though, you can:

  • eat it on waffles/pancakes along with chopped fruit (less sugar than syrup, 73% fancier)
  • use on top of pudding
  • add to hot drinks like hot chocolate or coffee
  • dip fruit in it

Anything you’ve been using Cool Whip or Reddi-Wip for can usually be done with homemade whipped cream.

How do you like to use whipped cream?

And if you make yours differently than I do (or add flavor variations), I’d love to hear about it!

Scroll down for the recipe.

3 Ingredient Homemade Whipped Cream

3 Ingredient Homemade Whipped Cream

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Homemade whipped cream is easy (and cheap!)


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Combine all ingredients in the mixer; mix on low speed until combined. Then beat on high speed until soft peaks form.


If your house is warm, it's helpful to chill the bowl and the beater before whipping the cream.

Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 57Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 17mgSodium 4mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 0g

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Elaine N

Friday 7th of April 2023

I usually forget to add the vanilla and it is always just fine.


Saturday 29th of October 2022

Love homemade whipped cream! I also use vanilla and a touch of sugar, however I will often choose my blendtec blender over my stand mixer to whip. It is so fast, usually a 30 second blitz!


Friday 21st of October 2022

You can also make whipped cream with an egg beater in just a minute or two. Much faster than a wisk, but don't need to get out the electric mixer!


Friday 21st of October 2022

Haven't read all the comments but I make my own whipped cream often and have found that 1TB of cornstarch helps it to "hold" much better. This makes it easier to make ahead! Happy Weekend!


Thursday 20th of October 2022

I went to a friend's once for dinner and brought dessert, along with the ingredients for making whipped cream. She had no clue whatsoever that it could be homemade and was just tickled to death with the whole thing. No stand mixer? No problem. An electric hand mixer will work as will an immersion blender. I would venture to say that if anyone has an old hand-cranked rotary beater, that it would work too. So much better than anything you can buy in a can!

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