Good food is the key to a good mood!
And when it comes to whipped cream, I can’t resist myself at all. Whether decorating a cake or eating it with fresh strawberries or pancakes, nothing can compare to whipped cream.
Although you can just grab the ready-made whip cream, they won’t be as good as freshly made ones. Now, the ideal kitchen appliance for making it is obviously an electric mixer, but there’s another tool that is even easier to work with.
And it’s none other than a blender.
You may question, Is it possible to use a blender instead of a mixer for whipped cream? Also, will whip cream in a blender be as good or not?
Yes you can, in fact, that’s how I have been making whipped cream for a while. You just need to have all the basic ingredients and a good blender with decent speed.
Okay, it’s time to learn how to make whipped cream from scratch with a blender.
How to Make Whipped Cream in A Blender? An Easy & Quick Way
To make homemade whip cream, first, you need the following ingredients.
- Heavy whipping cream
- Vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar
Step 1: First, take your blender, open the lid, and pour the heavy cream inside. Then add sugar and vanilla extract to it.
Step 2: Cover the lid and blend on low speed for 15 to 30 seconds. Your cream should have thickened slightly but still be a bit watery.
Step 3: Move the cream mixture toward the middle where the blades are with a spatula. Then, cover and blend at high speed until the cream forms stiff peaks.
Step 4: Softly remove the cream from the blender with a spatula and serve in a bowl.
And now you have your freshly made whip cream. It’s quick, easy, and all above just yummy!
So, now if anyone asks you, can you whip cream in a blender, then suggest this super simple whipped cream recipe. I assure you they are gonna love it too.
By the way, If you want to use an immersion blender, follow the whipped cream recipe below.
Immersion Blender Whipped Cream Recipe, Tricks & Tips!
Cleaning the jar blender may make you irritated. But, if you use immersion, which is also known as a handheld blender, cleaning won’t be a headache.
The ingredients are similar: heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract.
But, one thing you have to be careful about is the container you will be blending. Take a bowl with a high side or a deep measuring jar. So, when you blend, the cream won’t scatter around.
Now, follow the below instructions.
Step 1: Pour the cream into the container. Then add sugar and vanilla extract.
Step 2: Place the immersion blender in the cream and then turn it on. Keep moving your blender so that the cream evenly blends.
Step 3: After some time, scrape the cream off the blender and sides with a spoon/spatula so the cream falls back in the container.
Step 4: Again, keep blending until the cream thickens to the desired texture.
Alright, now I want to share when you should use a handheld blender.
The Reason You Should Use An Immersion Blender
Basically, there are two main reasons why you should consider using an immersion blender instead of a larger mixer or blender.
1. Appropriate for Making Small Servings
When preparing food for many people, you know you have to work on a large amount. But, to cook for one or two people, you shouldn’t go the extra mile of hard work.
And for making whipped cream, it’s the same. Imagine using a big blender to whip a small amount of whipped cream for a slice of apple cobbler, ice cream, or just to dip some strawberries.
The immersion blender is also known as a stick blender, handheld blender, or wand blender.
Now, you may think, “I will just reduce the amount of ingredients.” But, why should you clean a big blender for one or two servings? It will be more time-consuming. Right?
So, it’s better to use an immersion blender for making small servings of whipped cream, and cleaning will be easy and quick.
2. Lack of Equipment
Since many kitchen appliances are expensive, you may not have all the gadgets. However, handheld blenders are less costly than electric mixers and can also perform tasks that larger mixers and blenders cannot.
For instance, when you want to puree a soup to make it smooth and creamy, you have to wait for it to cool before transferring it to a blender. But, with an immersion blender, you can do it right in the pot.
Okay, now I will share some essential tips you need to consider while using an immersion blender. Don’t miss it!
Tips on Using Immersion Blender
While making whipping cream with an immersion blender is easy, there are still a few things that you should keep in mind.
1. Try to Use Dairy That Contains at Least 30% Milkfat
You need at least 30% of butterfat to form stable whipped cream.
Although light whipping cream containing 30 to 36% milk fat can be used to make whip cream, it will not maintain its shape as stiffly or as long as heavy whipping cream (containing at least 36 percent milkfat).
So, if you follow the perfect whipped cream recipe and do not get the expected thickness, check the fat. If it contains too little fat, it will never form whipped cream.
2. Chill The Bowl, Blender & Cream Beforehand
This is highly important when using a handheld blender. While making homemade whip cream, everything that you will use, such as the bowl, the stick of the blender, and cream, has to be chilled.
In this way, the cream will form quickly.
Alright, we are done talking about immersion blenders. And it’s time to move on to the high-speed blender.
Whip Cream in High-Speed Blender Recipe, Only 30 Seconds!
If you are looking for how to make homemade whipped cream in 30 seconds, here is your method.
But make sure to use a high-speed blender of any brand you like. And then follow the steps.
Step 1: Add heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract to the blender.
Step 2: First start at level 1 speed, and gradually increase the speed to the highest level. Within 30 seconds, it will form a soft and creamy whipped texture.
In my opinion, if you are considering a blender, then this is the best way to make whipped cream within a short time.
Types of Blender That Will Be Best for Making Whip Cream With Pros And Cons
Generally, three types of the blender are suited to make whipped cream.
1. Classic Blender
2. Bullet Style Blender
3. Stick Blender
So, when you decide to use a blender to make whip cream, make sure that you have any of these. Each has its own benefits and downsides. Let’s explore them.
1. Classic Blender
Classic blenders are the high-powered ones that I already described how to work with. This will be the best if you want to make a decent amount of whip cream.
As the blades are large, you have to add enough liquid cream, or it won’t blend up. So, if you are making cream for a chocolate cream pie, cake, or any dessert that requires a large amount of whipped cream, then it’s okay.
However, if you are planning for small servings, you will end up making extra whipped cream. And the problem with the leftover whipped cream is that it doesn’t stay well.
You may store it in the fridge, but it’ll begin to collapse after some time.
So, only use the classic blenders when you need big servings.
2. Bullet Blender
A bullet blender is a better option for making small servings. And also, they are easy to handle.
But, it’s not ideal to prepare whipped cream in a large amount.
It’s not like you can’t; you just have to work more. Like you have to make one batch, transfer it to a bowl, and blend another batch until you have your desired quantity.
3. Stick Blender/ Handheld Blender
There is some stick blender that comes with a whisk attachment. Those are the best.
But, if you don’t have it, you can still use the usual stick attachment. And I have already described how to use it.
The downside of using it is that it takes more time and assessment and is hard to work for a large amount.
Okay, I think you have gained enough knowledge regarding how to work with a blender for making whip cream and what type is best. However, there are some facts that you need to know too.
For example, how do you know whether your whip cream is done or not? I have seen many people not have good knowledge about it. So if you also struggle to determine the perfect consistency, check my next segment.
What to Do to Learn If Your Whip Cream is Ready?
Whip cream can form different textures. Look at the below points to know when it is ready and which form goes with which food.
Melted Form: After beating your cream, if it looks like melted ice cream, then it’s not ready yet. The cream will bearly stick to the whisk when you lift it.
Soft Peaks: It looks like stirred yogurt. You will see that the cream is clinging to the whisk, but the peaks fall over. You can use this cream as delicate and scoopable toppings. However, you have to eat it right away as it will deform soon.
Medium Peaks: It has the appearance of a cool whip or soft-serve ice cream. When you lift the whisk, the cream sticks to the whisk. And when you turn it over, the peak will retain but have a tip that falls over a little.
The cream will be fluffier. This texture is perfect for cake layers, frosting, pie toppers, and fillings in cream puffs.
Stiff Peaks: It looks like shaving foam. When you lift the whisk, the cream is entirely firm; when you turn it over, it keeps its peak.
When the cream is beaten, it will have a distinct ripple. It will begin to appear slightly grainy, and you will notice that if you mix it again, it will clump. You can use it as a thicker filling for cakes, layered desserts like trifles, pie toppings, and no-bake cheesecakes.
Overly Whipped Cream: If you over whip your cream, it will have noticeable lumps. It will no longer be smooth, and the more you mix, the lumpier it will get. This is definitely not the whipping cream you want.
Your Whip Cream Isn’t Stabilized, Learn A Quick Method!
One of the common problems that many people face is that their whip cream doesn’t remain stable. And if you have the same issue, here is your solution.
You can add a small amount of melted gelatin to stabilize your whipped cream. I use half a teaspoon of gelatin for 1 cup of heavy cream.
When the warm gelatin is dissolved in the cream, it cools down and hardens, which prevents the cream from collapsing and losing volume. It also helps to keep the cream from dripping (fat separating from the water).
The great thing is that stabilized whipped cream can last for about 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator. So, even if you make extra, you can store it for use later.
This cream is ideal for tiered cakes or cupcake frostings and provides extra protection while carrying a treat.
Important Things to Note Down
- I have already said cold ingredients are best for quickly whipping cream. And I also suggested chilling the container. But don’t put them inside the freezer! This could lead the cream to freeze unintentionally, resulting in ruined whipped cream.
- You can actually make your whip cream time ahead and store it in the fridge for around 2 to 3 days. Just make sure to whisk it when ready to serve again after chilling. However, it should be kept continuously in the fridge. What I mean is if you keep taking it out now and then for some of it to use, the temperature change might cause the whipped cream to deflate.
Difference Between Heavy Cream And Whipping Cream
You may have seen that some recipes suggest heavy cream and some whipping cream for making whipped cream. And that leads to confusion if they are different or not.
The main difference between heavy cream and whipping cream is in fat content.
Heavy cream contains at least 36% milk fat while whipping cream has at least 30% milkfat.
Due to the added fat, heavy cream is richer, aerates faster, and keeps its structure for a longer amount of time. And that’s why I love to use it. You may use heavy whipped cream for a creamier and more stable filling.
On the other hand, whipping cream is a lighter alternative to ice cream and shakes.
Other Kitchen Appliance That Also Works for Making Whip Cream
Besides the blender, some other kitchen appliances can be used to whip cream. They are as below.
1. By Using Food Processor
Using a food processor can be a bit tricky as the cream splashes when you turn it on.
Anyway, start by pouring cold heavy cream into the bowl of the food processor. Then, pulse the machine 6 times or so until the liquid cream stops splashing. After that, whirl it for 20 to 30 seconds till the cream is thick and fluffy.
The total process took me 1 ½ minute to reach the ideal consistency.
2. By Shaking A Mason Jar
For this method, pour ½ cup of cream into a wide-mouth mason jar with a 2 cup capacity. Seal the jar and start shaking strongly.
About 1 minute later, the cream should thicken slightly. Then add 1 ½ teaspoon of sugar and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. Again start shaking until you get the soft peaks.
Personally, it’s the most complicated way to make whip cream for me because I am not a strong person. I kept shaking for about 4 to 5 minutes with all of my strength. And then I got the desired consistency.
The day I used the mason jar, I felt like I should start going to the gym. Man, it was hard!
Anyway, if you are a strong person, you may end up making it much sooner.
3. Hand Whipping
I am not a fan of whipping cream with my hand. But, when you have no other option left, it can be the savior.
For this method, I recommend using a balloon whisk. But, you may opt for a French whisk too.
Pour the cream into a bowl, and then start whisking. Add the sugar gradually and keep whisking until you get the fluffy texture.
Hand whisking provides you with complete control over the thickness of your whipped cream. Therefore, there will be no chance of over-whipping it.
Well, I have nothing left to discuss. So, let’s call it a day.
By now, you have gained enough knowledge on how to make whip cream in a blender with some other necessary information.
Now, it’s time for you to try the method of your choice. I hope you will end up with some delicious whipped cream to eat with your family or serve your guests.
And if anyone asks you for the recipe, don’t forget to share this writing with them.
What is the best tool to whip cream?
Stand mixer and electric hand mixer are the best and ideal tools to make whipped cream.
They work reliably and don’t require too much effort. Also, you have full control over the process and can stop when on your preferred thickness.
What happens when you overwhip the cream?
When air is strongly whisked into the chilled cream, the cold fat helps to retain the air bubbles and create a dense, stable foam.
But, if you agitate the fat too much, it forms larger clumps, resulting in a granular texture. So, when you overwhip the cream, you will end up with a lumpy, stuffed texture.
Should you add sugar when whipping cream?
Sugar takes the taste of whipped cream to the next level by sweetening it. The powdered sugar also helps hold up the cream’s texture for a long time.
So, you should add sugar to make the cream tasty and stable.
Is it necessary to add vanilla extract to whipped cream?
Vanilla extract isn’t a necessity. However, it’s an ingredient that makes the whipped cream tastier and provides a gentle smell too.