by Katherine Walton on May 19, 2022 6 Comments
Whipped cream or Whipping cream frosting is a great eggless alternative to buttercream and other frosting recipes such as Swiss Meringue and Italian Buttercream. Whipped cream frosting is quick, simple and easy to make. It only requires three ingredients to make it into a light and fluffy delicious cream frosting stable enough to pipe onto desserts and cakes.
Continue to read on and watch my full Step by Step Whipped Cream Recipe video tutorial below and read along with the full written recipe below.
How are the ingredients measured in this recipe?
In this recipe and in all of my recipes I provide all ingredients in grams and in mL (millilitres) where applicable. I also provide the ingredient quantities in METRIC cup measurements. However, be aware that cup measurements and spoon measurements vary in different countries. Therefore, I highly recommended the use of kitchen scales where applicable to measure the ingredients to achieve exactly what the recipe intends.
What is icing sugar and can I substitute it in this recipe?
Icing sugar is also known as powdered sugar and confectioners’ sugar. Not to be confused or replaced with caster sugar also known as super fine granulated sugar. The icing sugar in this recipe cannot be substituted.
What is thickened cream?
Thickened cream is fresh cream which contains no less than 35% milk fat. It contains milk and milk products. In some countries it is also known as Heavy Cream.
Why does the thickened cream have to be cold for this recipe?
The thickened cream in this recipe has to be cold for two main reasons. The first reason is due to food safety. Thickened cream or heavy cream contains milk products, therefore for food safety reasons it should not be at room temperature and it should be refrigerated. The second reason the thickened cream should be cold is to help along with the whipping process and stabilisation of the frosting. Whipped cream will maintain its shape and stabilisation at cold temperatures. Heat or warm temperatures will make it more difficult to achieve a stable and thick consistency.
Why do you have to refrigerate the mixer bowl and whisk attachments?
Refrigerating the equipment and tools to be used will help to maintain the thickened cream cold and thus help achieve a stable whipped cream.
How to store this Whipped Cream and what is its shelf life?
Whipped Cream frosting should be used immediately for best results. Whipped cream will begin to soften and lose its consistency overtime making it harder to pipe decorations and for them to maintain their shape. If whipped cream is used immediately you will be able to pipe defined shapes and decorations without problems. You must also refrigerate the decorated desserts. Whipped cream can stay at room temperature for 1-2 hours maximum for food safety reasons. It should also be consumed within 24-48 hours maximum.
Why do you have to add food colouring at the beginning?
Food colouring such as gel or an oil based food colouring should be added at the beginning of the recipe to avoid over mixing at the end of the recipe. Over mixing whipped cream will curdle the mixture, making it lumpy and unsalvageable.
My whipped cream has become lumpy and separated. What did I do wrong?
Whipped cream can easily be ruined by over mixing. When making home whipped cream, you must ensure you avoid over mixing by stopping to check for firmness during the whipping stages. Whipped cream should only take a few minutes to make. Watch carefully as the thickened cream changes to be able to tell when you should stop whisking. Thickened cream will first become bubbly when whisking, after about 1-2 minutes the cream will begin to thicken and you will see visible ripples in the frosting. Once the ripples become thicker and more pronounce, you will need to stop whisking. At this stage even mixing for an extra seconds could ruin the whipped cream.
Watch the full step by step video provided with this recipe for visual instructions. If you have any questions leave me a comment and I’ll be more than happy to guide you through.