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How To Make Whipped Icing

Do you want to make whipped icing but aren’t sure how? Maybe you have been asked to decorate a cake with whipped icing but have never made it before?

How To Make Whipped Icing

Or are you curious about whipped icing and want to know more? Regardless of the reason that brought you here today, we have the answers for you! 

Finding out how to make whipped king can be tricky, especially if you have never made it before.

You head online for some guidance but are met with page after page of confusing and contradicting recipes, leaving you unsure where to turn or who to trust. How will you find out how to make whipped icing now?

Well, you can turn to us! Today we are here with everything you need to know about whipped icing, including a step-by-step recipe to make your own.

Keep reading to become a whipped icing expert today and impress your friends and family with this tasty cake topper. 

What Is Whipped Icing?

Let’s start with a brief recap for those that need it. Whipped icing, also known as whipped frosting, is frosting made with either buttercream or whipped cream. Both work well as icing for cakes or to spread in between layers. 

Whipped frosting has a smooth, silky texture, while still maintaining its shape. It has a light and fluffy taste and is often flavored with vanilla.

You can add any flavorings that you wish to the frosting, although for birthday cakes vanilla is the more popular choice. 

Whipped icing is like a thicker and fluffier version of whipped cream. It will seem thick, but it is light and airy, perfect for your cakes! 

Now that we have established what whipped icing is, let’s dive in deeper and see how to make this tasty frosting!  

How To Make Whipped Icing

Let’s get into what brought you here today! We have two methods below for making whipped icing, one using buttercream and the other using whipped cream. Be sure to check out both recipes to see which is better for you. 

We have a step-by-step guide for both methods and an ingredients list for you to check out too. 

Method 1 – Buttercream 

Method 1 - Buttercream 

What You Need 

To make your whipped frosting with buttercream, you will need the following ingredients.

  • 5 cups of powdered sugar
  • 8 oz unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream 
  • Pinch of salt 

All of these ingredients can be found easily in your local grocery store. If you don’t want to make vanilla-flavored frosting, skip the vanilla extract.

We do recommend still adding the almond extract as it does add to the overall flavor of the frosting. 

Once you have your ingredients, it’s time to start whipping! 

Step 1 

Add room-temperature butter to a large bowl. Whip until it is creamy and soft. This will take around eight minutes. It will take longer if you don’t have a whisk or mixer to help you! 

Step 2 

Using a medium speed, add your powdered icing or icing sugar into the butter until it combines. Whisky for another four minutes on high speed until it is fluffy. 

Step 3 

Add your heavy cream, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt. Whip for another five minutes or until the mixture becomes fluffy. You can add some more heavy cream and whisk here again to create the consistency that you desire. 

Step 4 

Now you can serve! Add your whipped frosting to your cakes using a knife or piping bag. Any leftovers can be stored in your refrigerator for up to two weeks. 

Method 2 – Whipped Cream Frosting 

Method 2 - Whipped Cream Frosting 

What You Need 

To make your whipped icing with whipped cream, you will need the following ingredients. 

  • 3 cups of whipping cream or heavy cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 

Again, if you don’t want your icing to have a vanilla flavor, you don’t need to add vanilla extract. We do think it provides an added sweetness to the icing though.

If you don’t want the vanilla flavor to be too strong, we recommend halving the amount listed above. 

Once you have your ingredients ready, it is time to make your whipped icing, by following the steps below. 

Step 1 

Start by refrigerating your whisking bowl for fifteen minutes. Make sure that your cream is chilling too, as you should only use chilled cream for this recipe. 

We recommend using a stand mixer or hand mixer for this recipe. You should not use a whisk as it can take a long time, meaning the cream could warm during the process, impacting your final results. 

Step 2 

Once chilled, pour your cream into the cold bowl. Whisk at medium to high speed until it starts to froth. This should take roughly three minutes. 

Step 3 

Lower the speed to medium and add your sugar gradually. Once the sugar is added, pour in your vanilla extract. 

Step 4 

Whip until stiff peaks appear. You want your cream to maintain its form, but take care not to over-whip as you could end up turning the cream into butter! 

Step 5 

Serve! You can add your whipped icing straight to cakes or cupcakes with a piping bag or knife. You can also store any leftovers, keeping the chilled in your refrigerator until you are ready to use them. 

Final Thoughts 

And there you have it, two simple methods that will allow you to create delicious whipped icing!

Whether you are planning to use buttercream or whipping cream, you can follow our steps and have beautifully fluffy and light whipped frosting in five easy steps! 

Don’t forget to use the tips we have included with our recipe for the best results and store any leftover whipped icing in the refrigerator to keep it as fresh as possible.

Your family and friends are sure to be impressed with your delicious whipped icing! 

Anna Ingham
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