You’ve probably tried successfully on many previous occasions to make whipped cream in a food processor or a countertop stand mixer. What about if you are somewhere visiting family and friends for the weekend and want to create a celebratory cake, or trifle topped with delicious freshly whipped cream, but you just don’t have access to either appliance? Or your own trusted food processor at home might literally just have given up the ghost ahead of a critical function – it’s your turn to host this weekend, and you really want to wow your guests with your culinary and baking prowess and dish up something truly delicious for dessert! It’s a typical scenario right.
Things always break when you need them the most. So that’s got you thinking about how you can make up a batch of fluffy whipped cream at short notice without giving your arms such an intense workout that you end up feeling like Popeye! Do you have blender? Great. So the short answer is that you are back in business.
If you do have access to an immersion, stick style or hand blender as part of your current domestic setup and you are wondering whether this can fulfill the function, you should be delighted to know that it absolutely can. We’ll go on now to discuss the process of how to make fabulous and cloud-like whipped cream in a blender.
Start by grabbing your favorite whipping cream from the refrigerator. For the best results, the denser and creamier the cream is the better as you will end up with much more impressive peaks that will delight and wow your eager guests. We also recommend you grab some sugar and a bit of vanilla essence to make a sensational whipped topping, but this is entirely a personal preference. Your recipe might even call for something more adventurous, like a dash of bourbon, coffee or maybe even a delicious dollop of fruit compote.
If you are making a sherry trifle, a wonderful tradition in many families for the holiday and Christmas season, then a bit of sherry in the cream adds a certain little kick to the whipped topping, although you might want to reserve this version strictly for the adults!
Grab your cream ensuring that it is cold along with any of those extra indulgent ingredients you might be going for and add them to your blender. Leave those to the side for now as you just need the cream to begin with. If you are making 4 cups of whipped cream, just start out by adding 2 cups worth first as the mixture will double in size when it’s beaten with all the extra air that’s being folded in.
It’s vital that you start out with cold cream and an even better tip is also to ensure that your blender jar or any bowl that you intend using to whip up your cream in is also cold to the touch. You could even pop the bowl in the freezer for a few minutes first before you start, to ensure the perfect conditions for making the most incredible whipped cream. It’s the best way we know of for really making happy, bouncy and fluffy cream clouds!
If you are making it in a blender that comes with an integrated bowl rather than with an immersion blender, remove the plastic knob on top of the blender so that plenty of air can get into the mixture. You might want to delicately place your hand over the hole first so that you can be absolutely sure that you’re not going to have any of that delicious cream spilling out all over the countertop.
If you’re making it in a bowl, ensure that it’s deep enough so that the mixture can be repeatedly folded and moved around so that plenty of air can enter but again without having messy spillages. That said, what’s more, satisfying than scooping up a dollop of spilled cream from the side and just giving it a little taster? You might accidentally on purpose find that you create a small spill just for this very reason.
One thing for sure, if you have little helpers on hand in the kitchen, you won’t need to submerge the mixing bowl in water to clean it; you will probably have lots of willing small hands with sticky fingers and spoons eager to help with that chore.
We recommend that you do this in 10-second increments so that you can track the progress of our magical mounds of whipped cream. After just the first 10 seconds, the mixture should start to firm up. Thick cream can sometimes get stuck, so you have a legitimate reason to grab a spoon and give the cream a stir just to tease it away from the blades. Keep pulsing away like this until you have a lovely soft-set whipped cream consistency.
If you do have extra ingredients to add, now is the time to do so. Go ahead and taste that sherry, just to be sure it’s not gone off! Stir these ingredients in now with a large spoon and get ready to be amazed as your cream suddenly firms up like a dream, creating medium-stiff peaks precisely as your recipe called for. That’s just another little tip from us and again, it is down to that extra fold of air mixing with the already fluffy cream peaks.
It’s that simple. Now all you need to do is spoon out the mixture onto your cake, buns, trifle, cheesecake or wherever else it’s destined to top, and treat yourself to a healthy spoonful yourself, strictly in the interests of quality control of course! Delicious homemade, blender-prepared whipped cream that’s fit for a king or queen and will certainly be the crowning glory of your dessert. Et voila!