Last Updated on March 6, 2022
Today, we will have an in-depth look at how to whip cream by hand. And, we have even included some useful tips and tricks to make your life easier!
Whipping cream by hand may seem quite daunting. But, with our expert techniques, you will be able to whip cream to any stage you need.
Understanding What Whipped Cream Is
For those of you who aren't too sure what exactly whipped cream is, it is cream that has been aerated using specific techniques.
Whipped cream is a delicious addition to fresh-cut fruit, cakes, cupcakes, milkshakes, coffee, tea, and hot chocolates. Virtually any dessert you can think of! Because it has a relatively neutral flavor, it helps add moisture and creaminess without affecting the main dish.
And, by incorporating it into recipes (like a cheesecake), you can create a fluffy and softer texture.
Whipped cream is made from heavy cream that has simply been whipped until it becomes fluffy, light, and airy. It can be slightly sweetened by adding confectioner's sugar. Vanilla and other flavorings can also be added to the whipped cream to make it more flavorful.
You can buy this fantastic product from the store. They come pre-whipped in aerosol bottles.
Whip Cream By Hand
We are often asked how to whip cream by hand and whether or not it is even possible. The short answer is that it is entirely possible, it just takes a couple of minutes.
The cream can be whipped by hand in a couple of ways. It can either be done by using an electric beater or actually whipping it by hand with a whisk.
The electric beater is the quickest and easiest way to whip cream, but not everyone has an electric whisk. So, we will explain exactly how to whip cream by hand using only a whisk.
How To Whip Cream By Hand
Whipping cream by hand is actually one of the best ways to do so since you have the most control over the texture of the whipped cream. Using electric beaters or blenders can sometimes cause the cream to over-whip in an instant - this can lead to the cream separating.
By whipping the cream by hand, you’ll get the exact consistency that you need!
Whipping the cream by hand builds the small bubbles slowly over a longer period, which results in a more stable whipped cream! Another benefit of creating a more stable cream is that it can sit for a long time before being used.
- 1 cup heavy cream, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar, optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
- Balloon whisk
- Large mixing bowl
How to whip cream by hand - step by step guide?
Step 1: Whip the cream
Place the cream and sugar in a bowl and start to whisk the cream. Always whisk in the same direction to not disturb the fat particles that are being aerated.
You can also whisk side to side if that’s easier for you. Just make sure to keep going in the same direction.
After a minute or two, you will notice the cream will start to thicken. Keep whisking the cream to the desired stage.
Step 2: Add the flavoring
Once your cream has been whipped to the required stage, you can add the vanilla and lightly whisk it through.
Your whipped cream is now ready to use! Make sure to store it in the fridge until you need it, otherwise, it will lose stability and deflate.
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Different Stages Of Whipped Cream
Just like whipping meringue, cream has three whipped stages; soft peaks, medium peaks, and stiff peaks.
Soft peaks are the first stage of whipping cream when it has thickened. It’s not very stable and will lose its stability quickly. It’s perfect to fold into batters with a relatively thin consistency.
Medium peaks come after soft peaks. The cream is more stable at this point and can hold its shape slightly. These are still great to fold into batters or other mixtures, but can also make a fluffy topping.
Medium peaks have been reached once the tip can stand on its own and only slightly folds over.
The cream is very stable at this point and can stand on its own. when the bowl of cream is inverted, the cream will not fall out. You can also check the tip. If it remains stiff and doesn't fold over, you have reached stiff peaks.
Be sure to not over-whip the cream at this stage. Using stiff peaks cream for folding into batters is not ideal as any extra movements can cause the cream to over-whip. These make excellent garnishes and toppings.
How Do You Whip Cream Quickly by Hand?
- Always use room temperature cream. This cream, while not creating as stable cream, will whip much quicker as compared to cold cream.
- Use a big whisk with many wires. This will incorporate more air which will create whipped cream quickly.
- Add confectioner's sugar to help stabilize the cream if it needs to be whipped faster.
- You can always use a stick blender or electric beater, but be sure to not over-whip the cream.
Whip Cream By Hand For Cakes
Whipping cream by hand for cakes is easy! Follow the same procedure as before, but be sure to use a bigger bowl, as you will be whisking more cream.
Whipped cream will sit on the cake for a while, which means you will require the most stable form of cream.
To ensure the cream is stable, use cold cream and a cold bowl. Whip the cream slowly for more stability and be sure to place the cream in the fridge until needed.
How Long Would It Take To Whip Cream?
Whipping cream by hand can take anything from 3-5 minutes, depending on how slow or fast you whisk. Remember, whisking slowly gives a more stable whipped cream that will last longer.
How To Whip Cream By Hand? - Final Thoughts
Whipping cream by hand can be intimidating, but as long as you don’t over-whip the cream, it’s quite easy! If you enjoyed this article and found it insightful, be sure to check out other similar articles on our page.
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Can I whip cream by hand?
It is very easy to quickly whip cream by hand. All you need is a bowl and a large balloon hand whisk.
How long does it take to whip cream by hand?
Whipping cream usually takes between 3-5 minutes to reach soft peaks. If you need t get stiff peaks, it will take slightly longer. There are also some tricks you can use to shorten this time, like using room temperature cream.
How do you whip cream fast by hand?
To quickly whip cream, use room temperature cream. Also, a whisk with lots of wires and a large balloon shape will make your life easier. And finally, make sure to whisk in one direction only, even if that is side-to-side.
How to whip cream by hand for cake?
Place the cream in a large bowl and start whisking it, moving only in one direction the entire time. Then, once you have reached the desired stage, place the cream in the fridge until you need to use it in or on top of the cake.
Lindy Van Schalkwyk is a culinary specialist with a background in Advanced Cooking, Advanced Pâtisserie, Media Communications and Nutrition. She has gained invaluable experience in the culinary industry having worked in some of the top restaurants in Africa in 2016 and 2017. Her expertise in nutrition has enabled her to develop recipes for special dietary needs. In 2018, Lindy began working in the Food Media industry, focusing on recipe development, recipe writing, food writing and food styling.