Making homemade whipped cream has many benefits. However, freshly made whipped cream’s fluffiness can be fleeting, so it’s best to save this task for the last minute. Whipping cream right before serving is not a problem, but there are occasions when whipping cream can be a hassle.
There are many ways to make your whipped cream last longer. These can be done using basic ingredients that you likely already have in your refrigerator or pantry. You can make whipped cream ahead of time by placing it in the fridge for at least 12 hours and up to 48 using one of these methods.
If you need whipped cream to last for several hours:
You can make fluffy, sweetened whipped cream by using confectioners sugar (aka powdered sugar) instead of granulated sugar. This will ensure that your whipped cream lasts for about 12 hours in the refrigerator. Cornstarch is a common ingredient in confectioners’ sugar, which helps stabilize the whipped cream. Mix 1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar with 1 cup whipping cream before whipping. It can be made in the morning and served after dinner.
To give the cream even more stability, mix 1 teaspoon cornstarch and the powdered sugar before adding to the cream. Although cornstarch doesn’t give whipped cream any additional flavor or make it last as long as confectioners sugar, it can help stiffen the cream and keep it from getting too runny.
To make a tart version of stabilized whipped cream, whip 3/4 cup cream until soft peaks. Next, add 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt (any fat percentage) to the cream along with the confectioner’s sugar. The yogurt gives the cream a silkier texture, which can make shortcakes or other baked goods. However, it tastes like yogurt, so make sure you know what to pair it with. It goes well with apple pie. You can use coconut yogurt, honey, and vanilla to add more flavor.
Whip cream that must be fluffy and easily spoonable over the night
If Marshmallow Fluff or marshmallows are in your house, you can add 1 cup of whipping cream and Fluff during the soft peak stage to make luxurious whipped cream. You don’t need to follow the steps to bloom gelatin, as you can see in this tutorial about stabilizing whip cream.
To make extra creamier whipped cream, whisk 1 teaspoon nonfat milk powder in a bowl. Then add the powdered sugar to the cream. The milk proteins help stabilize the whipped cream without altering the texture in any way. The whipped cream will have a milkshake-like taste richer in flavor.
You want stiff whipped cream that lasts at most 48 hours.
These add-ins give you an extremely stable whipped cream for at least 48 hours. However, they can make it a little more difficult to stir once set. These methods are useful when you need to frost cakes, cupcakes, or other desserts where it won’t matter how many times you stir or spoon the whipped cream.
To make whipped cream that is creamy and stable, whisk 1 teaspoon instant vanilla or white choc pudding. The whipped cream will taste a little like pudding. This makes it easy to make chocolate whipped cream or any other flavor you desire. This is not a good idea if you are making tapioca pudding. The tapioca pearls can get in the way.
Pastry professionals often use gelatin for stabilizing whipped cream when desserts need to be prepared days ahead of time. Although the process is more complex than others, it works.