Making your own fresh whipped cream at home is much easier than you think it is, and tastes worlds better than anything you can buy. Use this easy tutorial to get perfect whipped cream at home every time!
Pour the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
Turn the mixer to medium speed (KitchenAid stand mixer speed 4 or 5, handheld mixer speed 2 or 3). The mixture will start to get frothy and bubbly. After about 2 to 3 minutes, the mixture will start to thicken.
Once mixture is visibly thick (you will be able to see the trail of the whisk), increase the speed to medium-high (KitchenAid speed 7 or 8, handheld mixer speed 4 or 5) and beat for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute. At this point, your whipped cream should start to look "billowy" and the trails from your whisk will be quite distinct.
Pull the whisk out of the bowl and check that the whipped cream in the bowl has formed what are called "stiff peaks." This is just a fancy term for "the whipped cream stays standing up when you pull something out of it."
Double check that your whipped cream is done by removing the whisk and flipping it upside down. If the peak stays tall without drooping off, it's done. If it's still a bit droopy, put the whisk attachment back on the mixer and beat another 10-15 seconds on medium-high (KitchenAid speed 7 or 8, handheld mixer speed 4 or 5) until stiff peaks form, checking after each 10-15 second increment.
Use immediately on your favorite dessert. Store whipped cream covered tightly in the refrigerator up to 2 days. See notes2 for freezing instructions.
Sugar: you can use granulated or powdered sugar here. I have used both and find a slightly smoother whipped cream with powdered. If you want to double or triple this recipe, powdered sugar is the way to go to keep everything light and airy. For 1 Tablespoon of sugar, powdered sugar will be 8g and granulated sugar will be 13g.
Freezing: freezing and thawing leftover whipped cream will diminish some of the "fluff" factor, but it's doable and great for tossing onto slices of pie or into hot chocolate. See this tutorial for the best way to freeze it!