Making stabilized whipped cream is easy! This sweetened cream will hold it’s shape for days- perfect for decorating pies, cheesecakes, etc.!
Making stabilized whipped cream is easy! This sweetened cream will hold it's shape for days- perfect for decorating pies, cheesecakes, etc.!

Ever baked a gorgeous pie or dessert, topped it with some piped whipped cream, only to see that whipped cream collapse or lose it’s shape after a few hours (or the next day)? I have, and that’s why I make and decorate with STABILIZED whipped cream which holds it’s shape for days, just like the pretty pies at a bakery!

Did you know making stabilized whipped cream is EASY to make by adding a simple ingredient? Yep that’s right! By adding unsweetened gelatin, you will be able to pipe gorgeous whipped cream decorations onto your favorite desserts, and they will still look fantastic 3-4 days later!  I’ve used stabilized whipped cream quite recently to decorate a Mint Brownie Pie (shown above), and on a Lemon Cream Cheese Tart, Here’s how to make it:

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Making Stabilized Whipped Cream

TIP: Before beginning, place a large mixing bowl and a whisk attachment (for stand mixer or electric mixer) in the freezer for 5 minutes to get them chilled. This will help the whipped cream to thicken a bit quicker when you make it!

Okay… here we go. Unflavored gelatin (or gelatin) is the secret ingredient! You can find this at most grocery stores in either the baking section or the jello section. The way I buy it is in small envelopes (see photo below). This recipe yields two cups of whipped cream, and will only use a TEASPOON of gelatin powder, which is less than one envelope of the powder, and this stuff will last a long time, so it’s a good investment.

Add 4 teaspoons of water to a small, microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin powder on top, and let it sit, undisturbed for 3-4 minutes. Then place the bowl of gelatin in the microwave. Cook on high for 10 seconds… just long enough to fully dissolve the gelatin! Give it a stir, then let the gelatin cool a little before adding it to the whipped cream (as shown below).

Unflavored gelatin powder is used to make stabilized whipped cream.Gelatin powder is sprinkled on top of water and is left to sit for 3-4 minutes.

Preparing The Whipped Cream

Remove the bowl and whisk attachment from the freezer. It should be nice and COLD! Whip heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract on high speed until it starts to thicken a bit and soft peaks can be formed.

Whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla are beaten until soft peaks form.

Slowly add the microwaved and cooled gelatin to the whipped cream while whipping on medium speed until stiff peaks form. TIP: It’s important to not just DUMP the gelatin all at once into the whipping cream mixture or else it might get clumpy, okay? 

Gelatin and water are microwaved until powder dissolves, then let cool.Gelatin mixture is slowly added to whipped cream, as it is being beaten.

How Do I Know When It Is Ready To Use?

You can tell if the peaks are stiff enough by turning off the mixer, and lifting the whisk attachment up from the whipping cream several times. When “done”, stiff peaks of whipping cream will stand up firmly on their own, and they shouldn’t collapse or fall over in the bowl.

That is how you will know the stabilized whipped cream is ready! You can transfer it to a pastry bag and refrigerate it until you are ready to decorate or serve your dessert. You can store the stabilized whipped cream for several days in the pastry bag or in a sealed container. It will hold it’s shape for several days on a refrigerated dessert.

Whipping cream is beaten until it easily forms stiff peaks.Making stabilized whipped cream lets you pipe it onto desserts and it will hold it's shape.

That’s it! See how easy it is? Pretty soon you can be making stabilized whipped cream, too! Your beautiful desserts with their nice whipped cream decorations will thank you for it!

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Original recipe source: Danielle, at livewellbakeoften.com.how-to-make-stabilized-whipped-cream/

Making Stabilized Whipped Cream
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Making stabilized whipped cream is easy! This sweetened cream will hold it's shape for days- perfect for decorating pies, cheesecakes, etc.!

Category: Dessert, Tip, Topping
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stabilized whipped cream
Servings: 1 (2 cups total)
Calories Per Serving: 957 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar (confectioner's)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Before beginning, place a large mixing bowl and a whisk attachment (for stand mixer or electric mixer) in the freezer for 5 minutes to get them cold. This helps whipped cream to thicken quicker!

  2. Add 4 tsp. water to a small, microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle gelatin on top; let it sit, undisturbed for 3-4 minutes. Place bowl of gelatin in microwave. Cook on high for 10 seconds... just long enough to dissolve gelatin! Stir, then let gelatin cool before adding to whipped cream

  3. Remove bowl and whisk attachment from freezer. Beat whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla (using whisk attachment) on HIGH until it begins thickening and soft peaks can be formed.

  4. Slowly add cooled gelatin to whipped cream while whipping on LOW speed. Once combined, turn mixer to MEDIUM speed; beat until stiff peaks form. TIP: Don't dump gelatin all at once into whipping cream or it might clump.

  5. You can tell if the peaks are stiff by turning off the mixer. Lift up the whisk attachment from the whipping cream several times. Stiff peaks of whipping cream will stand up firmly on their own, and won't collapse or fall over. Transfer whipped cream to a pastry bag to decorate. Store stabilized whipped cream for several days in pastry bag or sealed container. It will hold it's shape for several days on a refrigerated dessert.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Caloric total is for the entire 2 cups of prepared whipped cream.

Nutrition Facts
Making Stabilized Whipped Cream
Amount Per Serving (1 TOTAL AMOUNT (2 cups))
Calories 957 Calories from Fat 792
% Daily Value*
Fat 88g135%
Saturated Fat 55g344%
Cholesterol 326mg109%
Sodium 100mg4%
Potassium 183mg5%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 3499IU70%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 158mg16%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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