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Chantilly Cream Recipe (Sweetened Vanilla Whipped Cream!)

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Chantilly Cream is an essential topping for countless desserts – pies, ice creams, crepes, cakes, cheesecakes, and so much more! But getting it just right can be a challenge. With our recipe, you’ll learn how to make it perfectly every time with just three simple ingredients!

This recipe was originally shared in 2020.

angled image of piped chantilly cream in small glass on top of white plate with spoon beside and two strawberries behind.

While it sounds fancy, there’s no need to be intimated. Chantilly cream is basically sweetened cream whipped with vanilla. So, what makes it so special? Well, the soft, billowy cream is just one aspect of it. The real secret is getting the proportions just right.

Too much vanilla and it gets bitter. Too much powdered sugar and it’s cloyingly sweet. Not enough of either and you just end up with a bowl of boring whipped cream. After years of making it under our belt, we have developed the perfect recipe: never too bitter, never too sweet, and always perfectly creamy.

⊹ Did You Know? ⊹

Because the whipped cream is sweetened and flavored with vanilla, it is technically called crème Chantilly in French!

chantilly cream being piped into glass.

What Is Chantilly Cream Made Of?

Store-bought whipped cream contains ingredients you might have never even heard of! Just look at this ingredient list:


Thankfully, with our recipe, you won’t need corn syrup AND high fructose, xanthan or guar gums, food starches…the list goes on. You will only need simple, delicious ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry! Here is what you need:

  • Heavy Cream – This is the foundation of the whipped cream. The high fat content (at least 36%) allows the cream to trap air bubbles, creating that light, fluffy, and luxurious texture.
  • Vanilla Extract – Vanilla adds a classic, warm sweetness and subtle depth of flavor that elevates simple whipped cream to Chantilly cream. Use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor.
  • Powdered Sugar – Powdered sugar (also called confectioners’ sugar) adds the perfect amount of sweetness. It also dissolves easily, ensuring a smooth and creamy texture.
ingredients for chantilly cream with text overlay.

Overview: How To Make Chantilly Cream

While there are a few things that could go wrong (don’t worry, we’ll cover that a little bit further down in the post!), Chantilly cream is actually one of the EASIEST things you can make.

  1. Start with COLD whipping cream. The first step to a perfect Chantilly cream is ensuring your whipped cream is cold. Of course, you don’t want it frozen, but the colder the cream is, the easier and faster the cream will whip!
  2. Combine the cream, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Whether you choose to make this recipe in a stand mixer or in mixing bowl with a hand mixer, turn it on a low speed with a whisk attachment until everything is mixed together. Gradually increase the speed until medium peaks form, about a 30 seconds – 1 minute.

And you’re done! You now have a bowl of delicious Chantilly cream ready to decorate a cake, dollop on top of waffles, or enjoy with fresh strawberries.

chantilly cream in large bowl.

⊹ Tip For Success! ⊹

If your kitchen is warm, you can freeze your mixing bowl and whisk for a few minutes before beginning to ensure your cream stays cold!

What Are Medium Peaks?

If you’re new to some of the baking lingo, it might be kind of weird hearing terms like “soft peaks”, “medium peaks”, and “stiff peaks”. If you see these, these refer to what you’re looking for when you lift up your whisk! Today, we’re looking for medium peaks.

Medium peaks refer to the stage in whipping cream where the peaks are somewhat firm but still slightly droop or curl when the beaters are lifted. At this stage, the cream holds its shape fairly well but is not as stiff as the stiff peaks stage!

How Do I Know If My Chantilly Cream Is Over/Under Whipped?

Now that we know what a perfect Chantilly cream looks like, let’s talk about where things could go wrong. The main things are under whipping or over whipping. Under whipped Chantilly cream is thick, but still very runny. If it’s holding a very subtle peak, also known as “soft peak”, it needs to be whipped just a little bit longer.

Over whipped it will be thick, lose some of its volume, and seem more yellow and curdled. It will not be able to hold a “peak”.

Over-whipping is the most common problem when it comes to whipping cream, especially when using a stand mixer. With the power of an electric mixer, if you aren’t paying attention, it can go from perfectly whipped to over-whipped in a matter of seconds!

Can I Fix An Over-Whipped Chantilly Cream?

While it may seem like you should throw the batch away, you actually can save your Chantilly cream! When I was younger, I used to ALWAYS over whip my cream. Thankfully, over the (many) years, we learned the best way to save an over-whipped Chantilly cream!

If you accidentally over-whip the cream, and it looks curdled (as seen below), pour in a small amount of heavy cream (anywhere from 1 Tablespoon to ¼ cup depending on the amount of cream in your base recipe) , and fold it in gently by hand with a spatula until it smooths out! Always feel free to add more, if needed! If your mixture becomes more liquid, you may need to gently whip until it comes back to medium peaks (see reference pictures above).

Recipe FAQ’s

Either heavy cream or heavy whipping cream with their high fat content are essential for the right consistency. Lower fat creams will not whip! To make this recipe dairy-free/vegan, you can use a vegan whipping cream.

The difference between heavy cream and heavy whipping cream is minimal. Heavy cream may contain slightly more fat than heavy whipping cream (both are typically around 36%), but they can generally be used interchangeably in recipes. Both are great for making Chantilly cream! As for whipping cream (also called light whipping cream), it has a lower milk fat content (typically around 30%)

Of course! That’s one of the great things about Chantilly cream. You can add cocoa powder to make it more chocolate flavored, some mascarpone to make it creamier (like we do in our tiramisu cupcakes!), a dash of peppermint extract, or even some espresso powder.

Definitely! If a recipe calls for cool whip, you can use this recipe as a 1:1 substitute.

Whipped cream can be made without any sweetener, while Chantilly cream traditionally includes powdered sugar for a touch of sweetness. Chantilly cream also always has a hint of vanilla extract. Whipped cream can be left plain or flavored with various extracts or spices.

Yes, you can pipe this whipped cream onto your desserts! We use piping tips with piping bags to create intricate, fun, and pretty designs onto some of our most popular recipes. I used a large French star tip to pipe the cream into the glass for the pictures!

Chantilly cream is best when freshly made but if you really need to make it ahead of time, you can keep it in the refrigerator for a few hours until ready to use. If you keep it much longer than that, it may separate and become watery.

piped chantilly cream in glass on top of white plate with spoonful of whipped cream held over the glass.

What Should I Serve With Homemade Whipped Cream (Chantilly Cream)?

With its light, creamy texture and sweet flavor, this recipe goes alongside SO many of your favorite desserts and treats. Here are a few of our favorite things to dollop this whipped cream on top of:

+ SO. MUCH. MORE. Let’s not forget the honorable mentions of milkshakes, as well. Be sure to let us know in the comments below what you use this chantilly cream for! 😊

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Chantilly Cream Recipe (Sweetened Vanilla Whipped Cream!)

Learn how to make the perfect Chantilly Cream every time with just three simple ingredients! This recipe covers everything from the essential ingredients to troubleshooting tips. Say goodbye to store-bought options and create a delicious topping for pies, cakes, and more with our foolproof recipe!
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 16 Tablespoons


  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar


  • Combine cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar in a clean bowl.
  • Beat at medium high speed with an electric mixer until medium peaks form, about 2 minutes.

Notes + Tips!

  • Make sure the heavy cream is cold before whipping. It will not whip warm.
  • Sift the powdered sugar to ensure no lumps!
  • You may need to re-whip the cream after storing in the fridge.


Serving: 1Tablespoon | Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 14mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.01mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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