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Simple Homemade Whipped Cream

Simple homemade whipped cream made with only 3 ingredients in less than 5 minutes! So light, fluffy and absolutely delicious. You’ll never go back to the store-bought version once you try this easy recipe!

Slice of pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream on top.
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The Perfect Pie Topping

Tis’ the season of homemade pies (topped with cream of course)! I just love this time of year. Crazy to think that Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away. Every year on Thanksgiving we have an assortment of pies and of course whipped cream to go on top.

This homemade whipped cream tastes amazing on all types of desserts, especially pie! A few of my favorites to top it with are pumpkin pie, banana cream pie or key lime pie.

Once you make this homemade recipe, you’ll never go back to store-bought! It’s so simple to make and tastes 100 times better than the canned stuff. Trust me, you’re going to love the from scratch version. It not only tastes great on pies, but is delicious dipped with fruit or on top of breakfasts, drinks, cakes and more.

Whipped cream ingredients in a mixing bowl.

3 Simple Ingredients

To start out making this recipe, you just need 3 simple ingredients. They are all staples at my house, so we usually have everything on hand. :)

  1. Cream: Cold heavy cream works best.
  2. Sugar: My preference is powdered sugar, but granulated sugar also works too.
  3. Vanilla: Vanilla extract adds to the classic flavor.
Whisk with homemade whipped cream on it.

How to Make Whipped Cream – 3 ways!

Scroll down for the printable recipe and step-by-step video tutorial.

  • Kitchen aid: Start out by placing your whisk and bowl in the freezer. Then whip the ingredients together until a peak forms.
  • In a blender: Place the blender in the freezer and then blend until a peak forms.
  • Bowl + whisk: Place both in the freezer and then put your muscles to work the good ol’ fashioned way. :)

Helpful Tips

  • Freeze your bowl and beaters: Place your mixing bowl and beaters (or whisk) in the freezer for about 15 minutes prior to using them. The stiff peaks will form faster this way.
  • Cool whip replacement: If you’re making a dessert and don’t have cool whip on hand, just whip up a batch of this easy whipped cream and use as a 1:1 replacement. I personally like it better than cool whip anyways!
  • Make stable: Turn this recipe into stabilized whipped cream by adding unflavored gelatin. This way it will hold it’s shape for longer and stay sturdy on top of your favorite desserts.
Bowl of homemade whipped cream.

Favorite Ways to Use It

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homemade whipped cream in a glass bowl

Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Author: Jamielyn Nye
Made with only 3 ingredients in less than 5 minutes! So light, fluffy and absolutely delicious. You'll never go back to the store-bought version once you try this easy recipe!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Chill: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 16


  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 2-4 Tablespoons powdered or granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Place a medium-large sized mixing bowl and the beaters into a freezer for about 15 minutes.
  • Pour the cream, sugar and vanilla into the chilled bowl. Beat on low until the ingredients are mixed together, then beat on high until a peak forms (about 2 minutes).
  • Enjoy on your favorite pie and desserts!



Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 10mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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