Homemade whipped cream is so easy to make in a whipped cream dispenser! With just 3 ingredients and two minutes, you will have fluffy, sweet whipped cream to top your desserts, waffles, milkshakes, and coffee drinks.
Bonus flavor variations are also included!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Easy: You don't have to pull out your electric mixer to make whipped cream! This recipe uses a measuring cup, 3 ingredients, and your dispenser, and it is ready to enjoy in just a couple of minutes.
- Versatile: It is a great addition to an ice cream bar or breakfast buffet. You can use it to top your favorite pies and cakes. And it can also be kept in your refrigerator to put on top of coffee each morning. But my kids' favorite is as a topping for hot chocolates!
- Great Tasting: It is almost as easy as using store-bought whipped topping but it tastes so much better because it is made with real ingredients instead of chemicals.
- Pretty: Swirls of whipped cream are so much prettier than a boring dollop! Using a dispenser gives you an instant upgrade on presentation!
See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full list of ingredients, including measurements.
Heavy Cream: Cream with anywhere from 32%-36% milk fat works best. If you are in the US then you can use heavy cream or whipping cream. In other countries, it is also known as full cream.
Powdered Sugar - Also known as confectioners' sugar, powdered sugar sweetens the whipped cream. And because it has a little bit of cornstarch as an ingredient, it also helps it last longer.
For a sugar-free version, an equal substitution of Splenda can be used.
Vanilla Extract - The vanilla extract adds flavor, making the whipped cream taste like a dessert instead of boring milk.
There are two pieces of equipment needed for this recipe:
- Whipped Cream Canister- This recipe is for a 1-pint (0.5 Liter) dispenser, which is the most common size. It can be halved for a half-pint dispenser.
The iSi brand dispenser is the most popular brand and is is the one that I have and love. But the brand name of your dispenser is not critical as there are many great ones on the market. Just look for one that is well-rated with lots of reviews and get one that is stainless steel so that it lasts, as it will be one of your favorite gadgets.
- Nitrous Oxide Cartridge - Nitrous Oxide gas, also known as N20, is the gas used to whip the cream in the dispenser. Be sure that you have the right cartridge. A Co2 cartridge looks very similar but they will not properly charge your cream.
Mix the Cream
- Place the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a large measuring cup.
- Whisk the ingredients until they are smooth, to allow the sugar to incorporate into the cream.
- Pour the sweetened whipping cream into your dispenser. Screw the lid on tightly.
- Place the N20 charger into the cartridge carrier and screw onto your dispenser to release the gases into the container. It will make a hissing sound.
- Lay your charger flat on its side for one minute. This allows the gases to distribute evenly throughout the cream, resulting in a higher volume of whipped cream that you are able to dispense.
- Give it a good shake and it is ready to use!
Starbucks Whipped Cream Recipe
If the topping of your Starbucks drink is your favorite part then you are really going to love making it at home!
There is one small difference in how whipped cream is made at Starbucks versus this recipe. Instead of powdered sugar and vanilla extract, they use 2 ounces of vanilla syrup.
If you don't want to buy the syrup to use at home but still want to make it like Starbucks does, then you can add 2 ounces of simple syrup along with a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
How to Dispense
Hold the canister upside down with the decorator tip pointing straight onto the surface where you want to dispense the cream. Squeeze the trigger with medium pressure.
It takes a little practice but you will be a pro in no time!
- Always use cold whipping cream.
- Shake the dispenser well before each use.
- For the longest-lasting whipped cream remove the cartridge after you have dispensed the N20. Leaving it in the chamber will put pressure on the charger, allowing the N20 to slowly leak out.
- If it has been a couple of days and the whipped cream has turned runny then you can charge it again to re-whip your cream.
- Use within 7 days, or before the expiration date of the whipping cream.
- If you prepare whipped cream using a standard mixer then the amount of time that the whipped cream will last will vary.
Important Note: Be sure to dispense all of the air before opening your dispenser. When you charge the dispenser with N20 it pressurizes the contents and they will spray everywhere if you open the container without first dispensing all of the air.
- Chocolate Whipped Cream: 2 cups of heavy cream, 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons chocolate milk powder (like Nesquik). Add 1 teaspoon of espresso powder for an easy chocolate mousse.
- Maple Whipped Cream: 2 cups of heavy cream and 4 tablespoons maple syrup.
- Cinnamon Whipped Cream: 2 cups of heavy cream, 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- Coffee Whipped Cream: 2 cups of heavy cream, 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, 3 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso granules.
- Bourbon Whipped Cream: 2 cups of heavy cream, 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons (one ounce) bourbon. You can also use other liquors like rum or Irish cream.
Use the whipped cream within 7 days or by the whipping cream expiration date, whichever comes first. The whipped cream may become runny after a couple of days but can be recharged using an additional N20 cartridge.
There are a few reasons why your whipped cream could be runny. Check to make sure that your whipping cream has at least 32% milkfat and make sure it is cold before using. Shake the container well before dispensing the cream.
One of the most common issues is a clogged nozzle, which will prevent the whipped cream from dispensing. Run the nozzle under warm water and wipe it clean. Additionally, it will not dispense if it has not been properly charged. Check to make sure that the little plastic ring seal is intact in the lid of your charger and that the N20 has not leaked out.
Yes, you can overcharge whipped cream. The first sign of it being overcharged is a change in the cream's texture. If you have excessively overcharged it then the canister can get clogged and you will not be able to squeeze the handle. Cover the canister with a towel and slowly unscrew the top to release the gasses.
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Whipped Cream for a DispenserRecipe by:
- 2 cups heavy cream
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a large measuring cup and whisk until smooth.2 cups heavy cream, ¼ cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pour the cream into a clean whipped cream dispenser. Screw the lid on tightly.
- Place an N20 charger into the charger holder and screw onto the dispenser lid, allowing the gasses to flow into the dispenser.
- Lay the dispenser onto its side for 1 minute, allowing the gasses to distribute throughout the container. Shake vigorously 10 times.
- To use, hold the container with the nozzle pointing straight onto the surface where you want to dispense the cream. Squeeze the trigger with medium pressure.
-Always use cold whipping cream. -Shake the dispenser well before each use. -If it has been a couple of days and the whipped cream has turned runny then you can charge it again to re-whip your cream. - Be sure to dispense all of the air before opening your dispenser. When you charge the dispenser with N20 it pressurizes the contents and they will spray everywhere if you open the container without first dispensing all of the air.