I love frosting cupcakes with simple whipped cream frosting, but I always worry about the whipped cream becoming a big, melty mess when I need to transport them. While I could make the whipped cream at my destination, that’s often a bit messy – and who really wants to schlep ingredients along to a party? A better option is to use a cream whipper, easily found online.
What is a Cream Whipper?
A cream whipper is an aluminum canister with a nitrous oxide charger that makes whipped cream on demand. With one of these, you can keep your cupcakes at room temperature and only worry about keeping the whipper cold – easily achieved in a small cooler with some ice.
Using a cream whipper is basically like making your own fresh Reddi-Wip.
The only downside of the cream whipper is that you can’t put anything in it that isn’t liquid or easily dissolved in liquid – so whipped cream with pieces of fruit, zest, or chunks of anything is out.
- Cream whipper
- Heavy whipping cream
- Powdered sugar
- Begin by measuring your ingredients and putting them into the cream whipper. A basic whipped cream frosting contains 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Add to that whatever flavors you like. For example, I made a lemon ginger whipped cream by adding 1/2 t lemon extract and 1/2 t ground ginger to the cream and sugar. You can also use all of the ingredients in my chocolate whipped cream recipe, scaled appropriately.
- Put the rubber ring seals on top of the canister.
- Screw on the top of the cream whipper.
- Place a charger in the charger holder and screw it on to the lid. It may make a hissing sound. Do not fear. Note that you can only use a charger one time. (Note that nitrous oxide chargers are generally not included with a cream whipper and will have to be purchased separately.)
- Leave the charger holder screwed in. You're now ready to shake.
- Shake the whole thing four or five times. (There’s no need to be as dramatic about it as I am in this photo.)
- Remove the charger holder and replace the charger with the black round cover. Screw one of the included tips onto the the lid of the cream whipper.
- Frost away!
It takes some practice to get beautiful piping using a cream whipper because the handle is very sensitive to pressure. It sure is fun, though! You can even let your guests or kids frost their own cupcakes - kids will love using it!
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