Stabilized Whipped Cream (w/ Cream Cheese)

Stabilized Whipped Cream made with cream cheese is the perfect dessert topping that holds its shape and doesn’t melt, just like Cool Whip!

Whether baking at home or buying treats from a bakery, the easiest way to elevate them is with toppings like Whipped Cream from scratch. Skip the preservatives and make toppings for your favorite Dessert Recipes at home.

Stabilized Whipped Cream in bowl

STABILIZED WHIPPED CREAM

When baking, homemade toppings add a great personal touch to your desserts. Not only do you get to control the ingredients that are in them, but making them is actually really easy. Usually, everything you need to make frosting or whipped cream is in your pantry or refrigerator already.

If you’re not serving dessert right away, Stabilized Whipped Cream is a great option. Now, that might sound like a mouthful of a name, but think of perfect bakery cupcakes. When you go to the bakery and get a cake with whipped cream frosting, you may notice that it lasts a lot longer than your whipped cream at home.

This is because they are using an ingredient to stabilize whipped cream, keeping it from getting runny or melting for up to 3 full days! Some recipes for Stabilized Whipped Cream use gelatin or vanilla pudding, here’s an option that uses cream cheese.

The cream cheese in this Whipped Cream gives it a creamy, melt in your mouth frosting flavor, with the fluffiness of a fresh whipped cream. Plus, this Whipped Cream Frosting is thick enough to go in a piping bag and use for decorating. Try piping out small rosettes on a baking tray and freezing for a twist on Cream Cheese Candies. It’s also perfect as a topping for Blueberry Pie!

Stabilized Whipped Cream on pie slice

WHAT DOES “SOFT PEAKS” MEAN?

In this Stabilized Whipped Cream recipe, you will notice that the instructions say to whip to soft peaks form. What this means is that the mixture is thick enough to have peaks form but will not stay when the beaters are removed. Stiff peaks will stand straight up, with no curling, when beaters are taken out.

We want the soft peaks in this recipe so that the Whipped Cream is fluffy enough to use as a dollop on a pie or bread, but firm enough to use as a frosting. If you are making on a warmer day, chill your bowl and whisk and keep your heavy whipping cream cold until you are ready to make.

Stabilized Whipped Cream goes incredibly well with desserts like Pumpkin Pie at holiday parties. Using this Stabilized Whipped Cream means even if it takes an hour to round everyone up, your pie still looks gorgeous.

BEAUTIFUL, TASTY CAKES FOR EASTER

HOW TO MAKE STABILIZED WHIPPED CREAM

  • Cream Cheese: Make sure to use cream cheese that is fully softened to ensure that your whipped cream is creamy, without any lumps.
  • Heavy Cream: Make sure your heavy cream is ice cold for easier whipping and so that it holds up for when the cream cheese is added at the end.
  • Before Serving: Keep whipped cream refrigerated until you need it, although it will keep its form at room temperature. It tastes best when cold.

Stabilized Whipped Cream in stand mixer

VARIATIONS ON STABILIZED WHIPPED CREAM

  • Extract: Use different flavors of extract to change your frosting to go with different cakes. Add almond extract for a marzipan flavor, or use cherry extract, lemon extract, or other fruity favorites.
  • Food Coloring: A few drops of food coloring go a long way in sprucing up desserts for holidays or parties.
  • Chocolate: Add a tablespoon or two of cocoa powder to make chocolate whipped cream. You can also use cinnamon or nutmeg to make a spiced cream frosting.
  • Keto Frosting: To make this a low carb, Keto Stabilized Whipped Cream substitute 1 cup powdered monkfruit for the powdered sugar. 

HOW TO USE GELATIN TO STABILIZE WHIPPED CREAM:

If you would like to use gelatin in this recipe, you will leave out the cream cheese. Additional ingredients you need are 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin in 4 teaspoons of water. 

  • Place water and gelatin in microwave safe bowl for about 5 minutes.
  • Microwave gelatin mixture until gelatin is dissolved, allow to cool. Should take just a few seconds.
  • Mix powdered sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream until soft peaks form. Set mixer on low.
  • Slowly add gelatin mixture until combined, then increase speed and mix until soft peaks form.

OTHER DELICIOUS TOPPING IDEAS:

HOW TO STORE STABILIZED WHIPPED CREAM

  • Serve: You want to store this in the fridge within two hours or the dairy in it could start to turn.
  • Store: Stabilized Whipped Cream will last for 2-3 days in the refrigerator in a sealed container. When used on a baked cake, this frosting will last for 4 days.
  • Freeze: Freezing unused frosting is not recommended. You can freeze baked goods frosted with Stabilized Whipped Cream for about 1 month.

Stabilized Whipped Cream in stand mixer bowl with spoon

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Stabilized Whipped Cream

Stabilized Whipped Cream made with cream cheese is the perfect dessert topping that holds its shape and doesn't melt, just like Cool Whip!
Yield 20 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Instructions

  • Add the cream cheese and powdered sugar to your stand mixer at medium speed for 1 minutes until stiff peaks form. Remove from stand mixer and set aside.
  • Add the heavy cream and vanilla to the stand mixer and beat on high speed until soft peaks form.
  • Add in the cream cheese mixture and beat on medium speed until creamy, 1-2 minutes.

Notes

This recipe is adapted from Mary at 365 Days of Baking. Thanks for the inspiration!

Nutrition

Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 33mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 502IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Stabilized Whipped Cream

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Am so hopeless. Every time I attempt to make cream cheese with whipping cream, doesn’t turn right, it turns to watery. And the chemistry shuttered. Please help am not sure where I make mistakes,

    1. Hi! I’m sorry that keeps happening. My guess is the ingredients aren’t cold enough to start? Kind of hard to say directly what’s happening since I am not watching you do it. Try Chilling a bowl and having the heavy cream be ICE COLD?

  2. Thanks for this recipe, I will definitely try it next time I make a whipped cream topping. Can you tell me how much liquid flavouring you think could be added without affecting the stiffness of the finished product? Yesterday I made a Tiramisu Cheesecake and the whipped topping called for 1/4 cup Kahlua/espresso mixture. Needless to say, it ended up very runny. I see your recipe calls for 1 tbsp vanilla. Do you think 1 tbsp is the max or do you think it could handle more? Thanks!

  3. I used cream cheese to stabilize the whipped cream. It worked so well!! This was my first time using this method. I will definitely be using it often in the future. It does very well with Peanut Butter Pie!

  4. Thank you Sabrina! I lost this simple recipe for my family’s favorite frosting. After my medical issues I have no memory and didn’t write this one down because of the simplicity. My bad.
    Anywho love your site and will be returning here often. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  5. I made this and tinted it pink to frost a vanilla birthday cake. It is now my hands down favorite frosting, a perfect alternative to heavy, gritty frostings that are too sweet. This was light and perfectly sweet, held its shape on the cake, and had a light tangy taste from the cream cheese. I used 8 oz of whipped cream cheese instead of bar cream cheese because I had it and thought it would make it easier to incorporate into the whipped cream. I’m looking forward to trying it with bar cream cheese.

  6. Hafaaloha from Guam! Thank you Sabrina for this awesome recipe! I made this for my sister’s gathering. It’s so deliciously insane!!! We love it so much, I can’t wait to make it in the up coming holidays too?

  7. Hi! Was wondering the serving size for this? Is this amount too much for a 8 inch cake? Thank you!

    Regards

    1. This recipe will make the same amount as a cool whip container. It’ll be fine for an 8 inch cake. Enjoy!

  8. I was making dessert for Easter dinner. My kids requested our family’s version of strawberry shortcake. I found this recipe for whipped cream so that I could make the dessert tonight and spend more time tomorrow doing fun Easter activities. I did not have powdered sugar… but sitting by mixer was a basket full of water flavoring bottles. One if which was strawberry kool-aid. I put two squirts in the cream cheese and two in the milk, and it turned out delicious! I thought I would share for anyone needing subs during this time!

  9. This is a really informative post and indeed it’s greatly helpful. Can you please share another post like this post. Thank you so much for sharing this informative post with us.

  10. This was delicious! My new favorite dessert topping with the added bonus of staying fresh for several days in the fridge.

  11. Love this helpful guide! I have so many uses for this recipe and it turns out perfect every time, thanks to your help!

  12. Looks delicious !! I love this cream so much. Sounds really easy and incredibly delicious. Add to my “try now” list

  13. I used this recipe to pipe the whipped cream onto my strawberry/chocolate tart. It was so delicious & because it was a stabilized
    whipped cream , it held up until everyone was there to enjoy it. And enjoy it, they did. Thank you!!

    1. Hi! I was just wondering if the whipped frosting tastes like cream cheese after using it a s a stabilizer. My family does not like cream cheese frosting, so I just wanted to know before making it! ?

      1. I am so sorry, I am just seeing this tonight. I am sure the recipe has long been cooked/or not but I still want to try to help.

        It really doesn’t, it’s sort of crazy how much the cream cheese disappears in this recipe.

  14. Thank you for including a keto version. I could have figured it out myself, but I’m just so happy that you thought of us low-carbers. I love your recipes but haven’t been able to use them for the past year since I’ve been doing keto.