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All About Cream Whippers (Whipped Cream Canisters)

Using a cream whipper is by far the fastest and easiest way to make whipped cream. Use one to make whipped cream that stays fresh – and on-demand – for days without separating. Plus, a cream whipper (also called a whipped cream canister or whipped cream dispenser) allows you to bring whipped cream with you when you bring a dessert to a gathering; simply dispense on the spot and save yourself the hassle of transporting a frosted dessert.

Cream whipper loaded and ready to use

What is a Cream Whipper?

A cream whipper, also called a whipped cream canister or whipped cream dispenser, is a kitchen gadget used for piping whipped cream on demand.

The dispenser components include:

  • an aluminum canister with lid
  • piping tips
  • nitrous oxide chargers (typically sold separately)

The nitrous oxide gas expands and pressurizes the sturdy canister and any ingredients that you add. When you squeeze the dispensing lever, whipped cream comes out of the piping tip you attached.

Why Use a Cream Whipper?

Making whipped cream the typical way requires a whisk and chilled bowl or an electric mixer. A cream whipper makes the process of making whipped cream easy; add the ingredients, set up the whipper, shake, and dispense.

With a whipped cream dispenser, you can keep your desserts at room temperature and only worry about keeping the dispenser cold – easily achieved in a small cooler with some ice. Use one of the tips that comes with the whipped cream dispenser to pipe whipped cream just before serving!

A prepared cream whipper can be stored in the refrigerator for up to ten days, always ready to dispense whipped cream. Regular whipped cream cannot be stored that long, and it would need to be re-whisked prior to use.

Using a cream whipper is basically like making your own fresh Reddi-Wip.

Where to Buy a Cream Whipper

Specialty kitchen stores typically carry cream whippers in stock. The EurKitchen cream whipper (available on Amazon) is highly-rated and will also make fresh butter!

Nitrous oxide chargers do not typically come with cream whippers, so you will need to purchase them separately. They are also available at specialty kitchen stores and via Amazon.

Recipes to Use in a Cream Whipper

The main downside of using a whipped cream canister is that you can’t add anything in it that isn’t liquid or easily dissolved in liquid.

Smooth whipped cream recipes, like chantilly cream and chocolate whipped cream, work perfectly in a cream whipper.

Strawberry whipped cream, peach whipped cream, whipped cream with zest, whipped cream with cacao nibs, or whipped cream with any kind of chunks will not work in a whipped cream dispenser.

How to Use a Cream Whipper

Materials

  • Cream whipper
  • Nitrous oxide charger
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. 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.

pouring heavy whipping cream into a mixing bowl

  1. Put rubber ring seals on top of the whipped cream canister.

placing a rubber ring on top of a cream whipper canister

  1. Screw on the top of the cream whipper.

screwing on the top of a cream whipper

  1. 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.)

inserting a nitrous oxide charge into a cream whipper

  1. Leave the charger holder screwed in. You’re now ready to shake.

closeup of a charge being inserted into a cream whipper

  1. Shake the whole thing four or five times if you’re making whipped cream. (There’s no need to be as dramatic about it as I am in this photo.)

Stef shaking a cream whipper

  1. 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.

Cream whipper loaded and ready to use

  1. Frost away!

Animation of a cream whipper in use frosting a cupcakeIt 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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15 comments on “All About Cream Whippers (Whipped Cream Canisters)”

  1. What a sweet kitchen gadget! I might be a little tempted to squirt some in my mouth though.

  2. Irenesays:

    You know, my husband uses one of those to aerate vodka for parties, hehehe. I bet I can steal it from him long enough to whip some cream. Transporting cupcakes with soft frosting has been the bane of my cupcake baking projects!

  3. Trishsays:

    Hmmm….how many cupcakes do you think it will do before you have the mess of refilling it ‘on site’. Did I miss that? grin…did you say that somewhere?

  4. That is really cool! I have never seen that before! How long do the nitrous canisters last?

  5. Stefsays:

    Kamaile – Oh – definitely!

    Irene – I’ve never heard of aerating vodka. What’s the advantage of that?

    Trish – That’s a great question. I didn’t say. It would depend largely on how much whipped cream you put on each cupcake. So far, I’ve frosted about 12 cupcakes and haven’t run out of whipped cream. I’m not sure if it could do 24, but it probably could if you were conservative in the amount of frosting that you used (though that is hard to do).

    Cookies – The starter pack comes with 24 chargers. They are each only good for one filling. After making 24 batches of whipped cream, you would need to buy more chargers. A replacement 24 pack is about $15.

  6. Caitlinsays:

    I’ve been using one of these babies to make whipped cream for years. They’re fantastic. I’ve never tried using them to ice cupcakes but I’m definitely going to try it out now!

  7. Stefsays:

    Trish – Just a quick update. Right after I wrote that comment I went to frost another cupcake and I was out of whipped cream. It looks like if you are going to do a big swirl, it would only do about 12.

  8. KKLL-Hawaiisays:

    Now that you have a cream whipper, try using CO2 (carbon dioxide) cartridges instead of nitrous oxide. You can place some washed grapes in the charger, close it up, and charge with a CO2 cartridge. Let the grapes steep in the charger for about 30 minutes in the fridge. When you are ready to serve the grapes, completely discharge all the pressure from the charger, unscrew the cap, and serve the grapes…if you eat the grapes within a few minutes, you’ll have “carbonated grapes”. You can also use other fruits like chunks of peaches or watermelons.

  9. Stefsays:

    KKLL – I am so glad you said that! I’ve actually had carbonated grapes and LOVED them! But, I never thought of making them myself. I am going to have to get a CO2 cartridge and try it!

  10. Ramonasays:

    Ah, this reminds me of my childhood, more than 20 years ago. My mom used to have a thing like that and I loved it. I think I’ll call her and ask if she still got it.

  11. Calebsays:

    I found your food blog going through a few links. Glad I ran into it. Didn’t know that the food blog/recipe community was so big online. I love your posts!

    I was wondering if you would like to exchange links. I’ll drop yours on my site and you drop mine on yours. Email at ramendays@yahoo.com or stop by my site and drop a comment. Let me know if you would like to do a link exchange.

    Cheers,
    Caleb
    http://www.ramendays.com

  12. Elianasays:

    Thanks so much for sharing. I don’t use fresh whipped topping as much as I would like for the same reason. I will have to get myself one of these.

  13. sarahsays:

    Thanks so much for sharing! Solves a problem and (bonus) is entertaining. I made cupcakes for a baby shower this weekend and wasn’t ready by the time the guests arrived, but turned out piping the frosting on those bad boys was highly amusing to the crowd!

  14. I saw the comments about CO2, and thought I should post that we will begin carrying CO2 cartridges as well as soon as next week.

    After learning about the different opportunities, I felt it would be a complementary product and contacted the warehouse to send us a case.

    PS. We had an issue with the checkout page due to some technical problems but all have been resolved now.

  15. Anonymoussays:

    Can we still purchase the whipped cream maker? I attempted to go the link but nothing happens, I guess it has been a few years since this post.

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