How to Froth Heavy Whipping Cream

Watching the barista froth the cream when you order a cappuccino at a coffee shop is exciting. Your reaction may be one of disappointment if they hand you something that looks like spaghetti. Learning the art of frothing heavy cream is not as difficult as it seems.

How to Froth Heavy Whipping Cream

You can use a milk frother to froth heavy whipping cream, though it will not work as well as with milk. This cream contains more fat than regular whipping cream, so it will not aerate as much when you put it in the milk frother. 

You must dilute the cream with water or skim milk before adding it to your milk frother, so it aerates properly. The best way to do this is by putting one part cream and two parts water or skim milk into your milk frother.

Once you have the right product, all you need to do is follow these steps:

  1. Pour your cream into the pitcher of your frother.
  2. Add some cold water or milk if you want a lighter foam.
  3. Turn on the frother and wait for it to heat up.
  4. Start whisking! You’ll notice the mixture thickens and turns into a foamy texture as soon as it heats up enough for the whipping process to start.
A person holding a stainless container with milk while using the metal frother on top of a brown wooden table

Method 2: Shake It Up

Just shake a cup of cream in a sealed mason jar with a Mason jar lid. The results are similar to those achieved by your favorite handheld frother: A thick layer of foam atop warm, smooth liquid cream. The process is simple:

  1. Shake the jar for 10 seconds, though it will take longer than an electric appliance.
  2. You’ll need to use two hands while shaking — one to hold the lid on tight and one to hold down the top of the jar against its contents, unless you have one of these jars on hand (or can get one).
  3. If you’re making enough foam for multiple servings, you might want to invest in a larger jar or pitcher; my 2-cup mason jar didn’t fit enough cream for two cups’ worth of coffee.

Method 3: Use an Immersion Blender

If you have an immersion blender, this method works well for creating a frothy consistency in your milk.

  1. Simply pour the cream into a small bowl or measuring cup and place it on the countertop or table.
  2. Plug in your immersion blender (making sure it’s fully submerged), then flip it on and start blending.
  3. Once you see bubbles forming around the sides of your glass, turn off the immersion blender and move it back up so that it’s still submerged though not touching liquid anymore.
  4. Continue blending until all of the bubbles have dissipated from your glass, then stop again.

Method 4: Using an Electric Stand Mixer With a Whisk Attachment

The beauty of using a stand mixer to froth heavy cream is that you don’t have to use your hands. You can get the job done with just a whisk attachment, and it’ll take you less than a minute!

  1. First, pour the cream into your stand mixer’s bowl.
  2. Attach the whisk attachment and turn on the mixer at medium speed. The cream will start to thicken up within seconds. 
  3. Keep whisking until it reaches your desired consistency: soft peaks if you’re going for something light and fluffy, stiff peaks if you’re going for something more stable.
  4. When your cream has reached its ideal consistency, turn off the mixer and serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use.

Heavy Whipping Cream Froth Tips

Heavy cream is a great addition to any dessert or meal. Frothed heavy cream is even better and can be used for topping coffee drinks or adding to your favorite recipes.

The following tips make it easy to froth heavy cream in a whisk.

Make Sure Your Cream Is Properly Chilled

To get the best results from your whipping cream, make sure that it’s well chilled before using it. It should be kept in the refrigerator until about an hour before use so that it’s not too cold or warm when being used.

Use a Chilled Bowl and Beaters

Chill your bowl and beaters by placing them in the freezer for about 15 minutes before making your froth. This will help prevent heat from building up inside the bowl as you whip the cream, which can cause it to curdle or separate into butterfat and liquid.

Use a Mixer With a Whisk Attachment

You’ll want to use a mixer with a whisk attachment when making whipped cream from heavy cream. If you don’t have one, you could try using an immersion blender or even whisking by hand – just know that it will take longer than using an electric mixer!

Add Sweeteners

Add sweeteners and flavorings (if desired) before whipping up your homemade whipped cream, so they’re evenly distributed throughout the mixture instead of sinking to the bottom as it sits on your plate.

Don’t Overwhip

Even if you’re in a hurry, don’t overwhip your cream; overwhipping can cause the curd.

Observe Good Hygiene

Use clean utensils and bowls when whipping heavy cream because they can contain bacteria that could cause your cream to spoil prematurely if not properly handled. In addition, always wash your hands thoroughly before handling food products such as heavy cream.

A white whipping cream inside a clear glass bowl on top of a checkered table cloth near a mixer on top of a wooden table

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee With Heavy Cream Recipe

This is a recipe for the perfect summertime beverage: The ingredients you need include:

  • Coffee beans
  • Electric grinder
  • Cheesecloth
  • Sweetener: (Your choice of sweetener)
  • Heavy cream

The process is simple:

  1. Grind your favorite coffee beans, and add them to a container filled with water.
  2. Let it sit overnight or at least 8 hours, then strain it through a cheesecloth and pour it into your favorite cup or mug. You can add whatever sweetener you prefer (we recommend raw honey or coconut sugar), though if you want something that’s not too sweet, I suggest adding brown sugar or molasses.
  3. Of course, the real star here is the cream. Add as much as you like—I recommend 1-2 tablespoons per serving of coffee—however, don’t go overboard! The goal is to create a drink that isn’t too sweet and also has a rich texture and mouthfeel; if you overdo it with the cream, this drink will get too thick and lose its appeal as an iced beverage.

So there you have it: cold-brewed iced coffee with heavy cream—perfect for those hot summer days when you find yourself craving something cool and refreshing!

Related Questions

How Long Do You Froth Heavy Whipping Cream?

How long you froth heavy whipping cream depends on what you’re frothing the cream for! If you are frothing heavy cream to make whipped cream, then you’ll want to froth it for about 15 seconds.

How Do You Froth Heavy Cream Without a Frother?

To make whipped cream without a whisk, chill heavy cream in the refrigerator for about an hour. Then, take out a bowl and whisk, and pour the heavy cream into the bowl. Use the whisk to turn the cream over and over until it gets foamy. Once it’s foamy, stop turning it over because if you keep going, the foam will break apart and become liquid again.

What Happens if You Froth Heavy Whipping Cream?

If you froth heavy whipping cream, you are adding a little flavor and texture to your basic whipped cream by introducing some air. It’s called “frothing” the cream. This process is similar to what happens when you make a latte or cappuccino at home, and it’s a quick and easy way to give your desserts a professional touch.


To make heavy whipping cream foamy, add cold water or milk to the pitcher of your frother. Turn it on and wait for it to heat up. Once the frother heats enough for foaming, start whisking! The mixture will thicken as it heats up and turns into a foamy texture.