Yield: 1 ½ cups

Stabilized Whipped Cream

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 seconds
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes 5 seconds

Homemade stabilized whipped cream works just like Cool Whip in all your favorite recipes. Learn how to make a perfect fluffy whipped topping that holds its shape with this step-by-step guide.


  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 4 teaspoons cold water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar


  1. Whisk the gelatin and cold water in a small bowl until combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large chilled mixing bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar until slightly thickened, but not to the soft peak stage.
  3. Microwave the gelatin and water mixture for 5 seconds or until it returns to a liquid form.
  4. Slowly drizzle the gelatin mixture into the whipping cream while beating at low speed. Increase the speed to medium-high until stiff peaks form.
  5. Add whipping cream to a piping bag and decorate dessert as desired.


  • How long does homemade stabilized whipped cream keep? This topping is best used within 24 hours after its made. If needed, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Freeze. I only recommend freezing this AFTER it's been piped or spread onto your dessert. It's difficult to use once frozen then thawed.
  • Storage. You should keep desserts topped with stabilized whipped cream cold in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Even though homemade cool whip holds its shape better and longer than regular whipped cream, it will still soften when it gets warm.
  • Double. You can absolutely double (or even triple) this recipe to make as much whipped topping as you need!
  • See blog post for more tips, tricks, and uses.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 Tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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