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Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream Recipe

It’s not just a vanilla bean whipped cream, it’s hands down my most favorite thing ever to serve alongside desserts or even just to dip fresh berries in. And the best part? It’s just as easy as a plain whipped cream.

Ingredients Needed for Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

You only need 4 ingredients for this luscious whipped cream! Here is your shopping list:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream: you’ll need a pint of whipping cream to make this recipe
  • Vanilla Bean Pods: if you don’t have vanilla bean pods, add a splash of vanilla extract
  • Powdered Sugar: also called confectioners’ sugar
  • Mascarpone: can be found in the grocery store near the ricotta cheese or cream cheese

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card below.

A glass container of mascarpone vanilla bean whipped cream..

How to Make Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream Recipe

Making this vanilla bean whipped cream is just as easy as making regular whipped cream with just a couple extra steps.

  1. Beat the whipped cream with a hand mixer (or with the whisk attachment on a stand mixer) in a mixing bowl until soft peaks form. Don’t over whip!
  2. Add the vanilla beans (see next section for directions on scraping vanilla bean pods) and powdered sugar and beat until soft peaks form again.
  3. Beat until stiff peaks form.
  4. Serve on top of pies, cake, waffles, pancakes, or use as a dip for fresh fruit. Everything is better with a dollop of vanilla bean whipped cream!

These instructions can also be found in the recipe card below. You can print or save the recipe there as well.

How to Scrape Vanilla Bean Pods

Place the bean pod on a cutting board and slice it lengthwise using the tip of a paring knife. Use the edge of the paring knife to scrape the length of the pod removing the seeds or beans as you go.

A vanilla bean pod with the beans being scraped out with a knife.

Should I Use Powdered Sugar or Granulated Sugar in Whipped Cream?

You can use either granulated or powdered sugar. I prefer to use powdered sugar because it’s so light and doesn’t weigh down the whipping cream. 

Is Whipping Cream The Same As Heavy Cream?

Whipping cream and heavy cream are the same thing. They both contain at least 36% or more milk fat, but the difference between whipping cream and heavy cream is that whipping tends to be more fluffy when whipped. But you can use them interchangeably.

Is There a Substitute for Heavy Cream?

There isn’t really a substitute for heavy cream when trying to make whipped cream. If you want to make a dairy-free whipped cream, you can use full-fat canned coconut milk and follow the instructions as written. 

a close up picture of mascarpone vanilla whipped cream in a glass.

How to Store Whipped Cream

Homemade whipped cream should always be stored in a sealed container in the fridge. You cannot let whipped cream sit out for an extended period of time or it will fall and get soupy. 

Can Whipped Cream Be Made Ahead of Time?

This whipped cream is quite stable so it can be made a day ahead of time and it will still hold up just fine.

How Long Does Whipped Cream Last?

If stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, it will last up to 4 days.

A glass filled with mascarpone vanilla whipped cream. It is fluffy and white.

What Happens If You Over Beat Whipping Cream?

When whipping cream is over beat, the fat molecules in the cream stick too closely together, creating lumps and giving the whipped cream a granular texture. It becomes like the consistency of butter.

Is There Anything You Can Do To Fix Over Mixed Cream?

Add a few drops of cream and use a hand whisk to gently whisk the cream in until it is smooth.

a photo of a vanilla bean whipped cream on a plate next to several fresh berries and a bowl of berry sauce.

Take your regular old whipped cream and pump some new life into it with some mascarpone and vanilla beans! This perfect vanilla bean whipped cream recipe is going to blow your socks off!

Recipes that Can be Topped with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream:

Servings: 10

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Whipping time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes


The best whipped cream you’ll ever eat is made by whipping up heavy cream and adding in luscious mascarpone and the insides of vanilla beans. It’s out of this world creamy and delicious!

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  • In a bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the whipped cream until soft peaks form. Over whipping will turn it to butter, so once it begins to thicken stop the mixer.

    2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream

  • Add the vanilla bean and powdered sugar, then beat in until soft peaks are starting to form again.

    2 Vanilla Bean Pods, 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

  • Beat until stiff peaks. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 188kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 13mgPotassium: 45mgSugar: 7gVitamin A: 700IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 0.1mg

Author: Sweet Basil

Course: 50+ Homemade Condiment Recipes, 500+ Best Dessert Recipes

Cuisine: American

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