Finding a food lover who doesn’t like whipped cream is impossible.
However, finding food enthusiasts who do not yet master the perfect whipped cream is quite conceivable. To help you get consistent results with super-frothy texture every time, we have listed nine mistakes to avoid if wanting to get whipped cream the right way.
Finding a food lover who does not like whipped cream is nearly impossible. However, finding food enthusiasts who do not yet master the perfect whipped cream is quite conceivable. To help you get consistent results with super-frothy texture every time, we have listed nine mistakes to avoid if wanting to get whipped cream the right way.
#1 Use Heavy Cream For The Perfect Whipped Cream
Since light cream doesn’t have enough fat to create great peaks, we recommend using heavy cream with over 35% fat content. High-fat content is essential because it allows the cream to get stiff.
Are you a vegan person? Don’t you worry! Many vegan dairy alternatives contain high amounts of fat, such as coconut cream, which you can use to make whipped cream. Also, avoid using “half and half” or whole milk for beating. The reason is that they don’t contain enough fat to hold air bubbles upon whipping.
#2 Failure to Chill Your Heavy Cream
Achieving the perfect whipped cream is possible, despite all potential risks. Therefore, the first mistake to avoid is not to chill the heavy cream in the fridge for 20 minutes before using it.
Chilling the heavy cream (ideally with a minimum of 35-40% fat content) is essential to get a creamy and airy whipped cream. Not doing so can cause the final mixture to fall flat and sad.
You should also not start beating when the heavy cream is still warm.
If possible, consider chilling your bowl, beaters, or whisk for the best result.
#3 Failure to Add the Sweetener at the Right Moment
Do you add sugar to your heavy cream mixture when you start beating? Don’t do this anymore. Sugar can constrain the cream from thickening.
Add the sugar when the cream is thickened, just before the soft peak stage. Preferably powdered sugar for a better end.
- You achieve soft peaks, for example, when the cream is thick enough to stay firm on the whisk while checking the consistency. Stiff peaks, the final result, are similar to a triangular shape formed while lifting the whisk. If the cream has thickened enough, it will hold its form.
#4 Not Adding the Right Quantity of Sweetener
While the wrong quantity of sweetener may not ruin your whipped cream, it may not deliver you the desired taste.
If planning to prepare one or two cups of whipped cream, we recommend you apply two tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
#5 You Are Not Using The Proper Utensils For The Perfect Whipped Cream
Just as a poor-quality hair straightener can damage your hair, the right tools can keep you from the perfect whipped cream.
In this way, if you are using a wooden spatula to prepare whipped cream, stop doing it. It is keeping you away from the best result.
We want utensils that help us incorporate more air into the whipping cream. For instance, a hand mixer can get you where you want. Don’t forget to use a proper bowl to avoid getting dirty from all the splatter.
Extra: You may also consider using a hand whisk, but it will take extra time compared to a hand mixer.
#6 You Failed to Stabilize Whipped Cream in Hot Weather
Regardless of how perfectly your final cream is, it will likely flatten out or melt soon if the weather is humid and hot. Hence, adding a stabilizer to your whipping cream is vital. It allows the latter to hold its volume and shape, even when the weather is somewhat humid and hot.
#7 Over-Whipping Your Heavy Cream
Your perfectly whipped cream may soon become a grainy liquid mess if you fail to stop beating over a particular point.
Start on low speed and gradually increase the intensity as it gets thicker. Whipped cream goes from soft to firm peaks in the blink of an eye. We don’t want to overdo the work.
#8 Trying to Make Whipped Cream in a Hurry
Whipped cream is, without a doubt, a quick dish, but it does not mean you need to make it in a hurry or that you should not be paying attention. Like any other dish, it requires your special care. We suggest you stay near your mixer (if not hand mixer) to avoid your cream becoming butter. If you need to multitask while preparing whipped cream, it will help to use a hand whisk even to control consistency.
#9 You Are Using Whipped Cream Immediately
Never pipe your whipped cream onto a cake or dessert, which is still hot – else, your cream will melt immediately. If you know that your dessert will take some time to cool down to room temperature, you can store your whipped cream in the refrigerator. It will stay outstanding for the next few hours.
For more guides regarding whipped cream preparation or recipes, visit our blog page. The next time you make whipped cream, the result will be excellent!