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Homemade Whipped Cream


Spooning whipped cream into a mug of cocoa.

Something that I’ve kind of taken for granted my whole life is homemade whipped cream. I can’t recall my mom ever buying canned whipped cream. When we wanted whipped cream, we would either whip it using a mixer, or a N20 whipped cream dispenser.

You can totally find some better-quality canned whipped cream that isn’t super unhealthy. But it’s reeeeally easy to make your own, and you can control the ingredients and how sweet it is.

Let me show you my two favorite ways to make whipped cream at home:

Ingredients for Homemade Whipped Cream

Ingredients laid out on a marble surface.

You only need 3 simple ingredients: vanilla extract (check out my How to Make Vanilla Extract post on The Pioneer Woman’s blog), maple syrup, and heavy/whipping cream. You can substitute another sweetener if you prefer. But I really like to use maple syrup because there’s no need to make sure it isn’t granular. Organic powdered sugar would be another good option.

How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream with a Hand Mixer

Bowl of whipped cream.


If I’m making a large amount of whipped cream, I like to use the hand mixer method. It’s super easy: Just place the cream, vanilla, and maple syrup in a deep bowl. Beat until peaks form. You can make the whipped cream as stiff as you like. If you prefer soft peaks, stop at that point. If you like your whipped cream quite firm, beat it a bit more.

Scooping up some whipped cream with a spoon.

I like mine somewhere between soft and stiff.


You can use this same method with a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. That’s a great method to use when you’re making whipped cream for a crowd.





How to Make Whipped Cream with a Milk Frother

Using a milk frother to make homemade whipped cream.

If I only need a tiny bit of homemade whipped cream, I really like to use a battery operated milk frother. It only takes a minute or two, and there’s no need to lug out your hand mixer.


Whipped cream on top of hot cocoa.

I love adding a spoonful of whipped cream to my mug of hot cocoa. It just takes it to the next level. Aaaaand then it’s pretty much a meal in a cup. ?


Here are some ideas for how to mix it up:

  • Use almond or peppermint extract instead of vanilla.
  • Add cocoa powder for chocolate whipped cream.
  • Add cold espresso for coffee whipped cream.
  • Color your whipped cream pink by adding beet powder.

Recipes That Use Whipped Cream:

Spooning whipped cream into a mug of cocoa.
5 from 1 vote

Homemade Whipped Cream

Making whipped cream is so easy with this simple recipe!

Course Condiment, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Toppings, Whipped Cream
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 112 kcal
Author Erica Kastner


Using a Hand Mixer:

  • 1/2 cup cold whipping cream (grass-fed preferred)
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup (more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract (organic or homemade - see note)

Using a Milk Frother:

  • 2 tbsp cold whipping cream (grass-fed preferred)
  • 1/2 tsp pure maple syrup (more to taste)
  • a few drops of pure vanilla extract (organic or homemade - see note)


Using a Hand Mixer:

  1. Place the chilled whipping cream, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a clean deep bowl (the cream tends to splash up as you whip it and make a mess). Using a hand mixer, beat until your preferred level of thickness (soft to stiff peaks). Serve immediately.

Using a Milk Frother:

  1. Place the chilled whipping cream, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a small jar. Whip using the milk frother to your preferred level of thickness. It works well to use an up and down motion while you're whipping. Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.

Recipe Notes

I really like THIS brand of organic vanilla extract. Or you can make your own using my How to Make Vanilla Extract tutorial.


Recipe Rating

C Murphy

Sunday 7th of February 2021

This recipe is tasty !! Thank you

Erica Kastner

Sunday 7th of February 2021

You're welcome! So glad you enjoyed them!

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Sunday 29th of March 2020

Just made this recipe...OH MY!!! So easy and absolutely amazing!! And it's made with maple syrup, my preferred method to sweeten. Glad I doubled the recipe, it won't last long. You're awesome❣ ???

Erica Kastner

Monday 30th of March 2020

Aw, so happy that you liked it! Yes, isn't maple syrup the best?!