Growing up, my mom made homemade whipped cream for special occasions and around the holidays to top her delicious homemade desserts. It was always a treat.
Homemade Whipped Cream
I always loved getting to whip it together for her as I got older. Homemade whipped cream is so easy and such a special addition to any dessert (no matter how homemade it really is).
My favorite dessert to prepare for guests or take to parties is lemon cake, homemade whipped cream, and fresh berries. And I admit, I use the box cake mix – it tastes just as good and it’s so easy.
To switch it up, I bake the cake in different pans. The standard square and rectangle are always easy, as are circle cakes, but my favorite is to bake it in two loaf pans (about 20-30 minutes at the instructed temperature for me). Then I slice the loaves and top each piece with whipped cream and berries. It’s always a winner.
Sweetened Vanilla Whipped Cream
One of the best things about this homemade topping, is that you can flavor it however you wish. I usually just do a touch of sugar, but adding in vanilla or almond extract is delicious.
Any extract would be fun really (maybe a peppermint around the holidays?). Adding some citrus zest would definitely take your dessert to the next level too. And if you’re really feeling frisky, add some whiskey or amaretto to the mix like I did in this cherry shortcake with whiskey whipped cream.
The best way to show how easy it is to make whipped cream is to show you all the steps. Just start whipping the cream and let it take shape. If you’re wondering how long it takes to whip cream, it depends on how much you’re whipping, but usually about 5 minutes when I do it. Not very long at all!
Naturally Flavored Whipped Cream
So this is a fun one. Even though I’m often a purist, I have a few flavored versions of whipped cream I enjoy. The first is this maple whipped cream (heavenly on that cardamom cake) and the second is a basil whipped cream (tasty on a cherry sorbet in summer).
it’s also delicious in this Italian sweet bun recipe!
Delicious Desserts to Top
Of course, if you’ve got the itch to make homemade whipped cream, let’s talk about some tasty desserts to top!
A comfort classic for me is a trifle dessert with yellow cake, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream – so good!! You can also try this cherry sorbet with basil whipped cream, bbq cake (yep, cooked on the grill) with cherries, or these individual raspberry shortcake trifles!
Of course if you really want to make it easy, try one of these adult sundae toppings with some ice cream, liqueur, and whipped cream!
HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon sugar plus more to taste
- optional additions: 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract 1 Tablespoon citrus zest
- In a stand mixer, or with a hand blender and a deep bowl, whip cream.
- Add in sugar and optional flavoring when ripples begin to form in the cream.
- Taste. Add more sugar to taste. Whip until it maintains desired consistency.