Whipped Cream Frosting

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Grab a spoon, you are going to want to eat this Whipped Cream Frosting straight from the bowl, or go ahead and dive in with fresh strawberries!

Whipped Cream Frosting on Chocolate Cake

Easy Whipped Cream Frosting

Whipped Cream Frosting is perfect for rich cakes as the frosting is not too sweet. You know the one bite and done frostings that you scrape off of the cake? You won’t be scraping this off.

It adds just the right amount of sweetness, especially when paired with dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate. The light sweetness goes so well on angel food or citrus cakes like lemon too.

If buttercream is sometimes too heavy for you, whipped cream frosting is the answer. The biggest difference between the two is that the whipped cream is light and airy as opposed to the heavy richness from the butter base of buttercream.

When using whipped cream frosting you will need to store the frosting in your refrigerator and keep it cool. You can plan for the cake to be good for 2-3 days. It will start to dry out after that and your frosting will likely weep.

I also suggest sticking with one-layer or two-layer cakes. It is a softer icing and does not form a crust so using it for that wedding cake tower would not be recommended.

Whipped cream frosting is perfect on chocolate cakes, such an easy dessert that no one turns down. Hershey’s Chocolate Cake is truly the most versatile and easiest one-bowl chocolate cake recipe I have ever made.

This Chocolate Crazy Cake is one of the easiest cakes you’ll ever make and you don’t even need any butter or eggs to make this recipe.

If you haven’t yet tried the unforgettable Chocolate Quinoa Cake, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. There isn’t a hint of “quinoa” taste to the cake and it’s also the easiest gluten-free cake you can make without any special ingredients required.

Whipped Cream Frosting

Frosting Ingredients

The ingredient list is super short and sweet, literally.

  • heavy whipping cream
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla extract
Whipped Cream Frosting is a simple topping for any cake

How to Make Whipped Cream Frosting

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream with the whisk attachment of an electric mixer until soft peaks begin to form.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Use immediately.
Whipped Cream Frosting

Frosting Recipes

Frosting is the condiment of the dessert world in my book. A cake just isn’t complete without it. I love creating frostings that compliment and complete the flavor of a dessert. I have too many favorites to ever choose just one.

TIP: A good offset spatula is your frosting best friend.

Creamy, Not-Too-Sweet, Absolutely Perfect Fluffy Chocolate Frosting is truly the best chocolate frosting I’ve ever tasted. And this Salted Caramel Frosting is amazing on chocolate cupcakes.

Fresh berries are one of my favorite ways to add flavor and these frostings are absolutely bursting with berry flavor. I crammed almost a full pound of fresh berries into this fresh Strawberry Frosting. Or try fresh Blueberry Frosting, a light and creamy frosting, whipped into fluffy blueberry loveliness.

Whipped Frosting

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Whipped Cream Frosting

Whipped Cream Frosting

4.85 from 38 votes
Grab a spoon, you are going to want to eat this Whipped Cream Frosting straight from the bowl, or go ahead, dive in with fresh strawberries!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream with the whisk attachment of an electric mixer until soft peaks begin to form.
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Use immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal · Carbohydrates: 11g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 14g · Saturated Fat: 9g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 4g · Cholesterol: 45mg · Sodium: 11mg · Potassium: 38mg · Sugar: 11g · Vitamin A: 583IU · Vitamin C: 1mg · Calcium: 26mg · Iron: 1mg
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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Susan says

    The whipped cream frosting tastes like icecream. It is so delicious. We frosted a coconut cream cake with it. Oh so good.5 stars

  2. Paula says

    My favorite frosting ever, i only have a problem with the consistency.. I’m not sure why mine always has too many air bubbles in it ? It doesn’t allow for a smooth look. Any tips?5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Overwhipping can make the whipped cream appear grainy and a bit less appealing at times. I try to err on the side of underwhipping the cream. When it begins to come together, I pause and then continue to whip the cream in about 10-second intervals just until stiff peaks form. I hope that helps! I’m glad you love the frosting, Paula.

  3. Marlene says

    overall I love the names of the cookbooks weekdays weeknights. It’s always great to come home from work and try to get a meal made in less than an hour. Those are great recipes to have on hand. I’m looking forward to reading more of the recipes. thank you!! Looking forward to making the icing!5 stars

  4. Angela Asher says

    I’ve always preferred whipped icing, but this is beyond any I’ve tried!
    I’m not a baker!!! The problem with this kind of icing is that it’s so hard to find on premade cakes so I’m so glad that this recipe is not only delicious but also easy to make! Thank you!!!!5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Glad to hear that you’re loving the icing, Angela! Baker or not, it’s a great recipe for anyone who wants to make a cake. Enjoy, and happy cooking!

  5. Steven Wms says

    You had me when you understood… after one or two TINY nibbles of the buttercream frosting, ITS ALL COMING OFF.

    ((…but the plethora of over the top pop-ups & ads will probably keep me from coming back. Sorry.. but it’s waaay too many))5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hey Kristy, if you aren’t a fan of the advertising, feel free to use the site via a desktop. I don’t run in-content ads on desktop, most are on mobile. (And let’s be honest, who is a fan of ads on websites? no one, but they do help pay the bills, so digital ads aren’t going anywhere.)

  6. Suzie says

    Is this enough for a cake with three 8″ layers? I am making a key lime cake for my brother’s birthday and this topping looks ideal.

    • Mary Younkin says

      I’m not sure how much frosting that would require, Suzie. If you’re in doubt, my recommendation would be to make more than you think you’ll need, and see if you have any left over afterward. It’s better to have a bit too much of a topping prepped than not enough when you need it. Happy baking! I hope your brother loves the cake.

  7. Donna says

    I wanted frosting for double choc cake,followed your directions but added some cocoa powder,delicious thank you for sharing .5 stars

  8. Tiffany says

    This whipped cream icing is so good. It is not sweet, which is amazing. I do not like most icing due to it being overlly sweet. This would be amazing with strawberries (or any berries). I think I will attempt a yule log this year using this whipped cream icing.5 stars

  9. Ruth says

    Could I add chocolate ganache on top and drip down the sides using this recipe? My granddaughter wants a chocolate cake with raspberry filling in middle layer with whipped cream frosting and chocolate ganache for her birthday cake. We’ve bought them before but didn’t know how difficult it would be to find a recipe. If not this recipe, can you recommend one please.5 stars

  10. Kaitlyn says

    Hi! Can this frosting be colored with gel coloring? When would you add the color?

    Also, can I frost my cake a day ahead and refrigerate or should I frost same day?

  11. carolyn wandt says

    Thank you for the recipe for whipped frosting. I usually go to my mother but she is no longer with us so I go to internet; my second mother.

    She loves to bake where I like to cook. I also said she has a giant sweet tooth.5 stars

  12. Laura says

    I am not a cook, bake on occasion. This whipped cream frosting is delicious. Took maybe 3 minutes to make. Fluffy, not too sweet, spreading on cake was so easy!5 stars

  13. Tristan says

    This was so easy to make! And it came out perfect! And I even hand whisked it! It literally came out better then Cool Whip!!! Sooooo easy and even more Delicious!5 stars