How to Use a Cream Whipper to Frost Desserts on Demand
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How to Use a Cream Whipper to Frost Desserts on Demand

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.

Cream whipper loaded and ready to use

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.

How to Use a Cream Whipper

How to Use a Cream Whipper

Using a cream whipper lets you prepare fresh whipped cream on demand instead of transporting ingredients and making a mess at your destination.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes


  • Cream whipper
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Powdered sugar


  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
  2. Put the rubber ring seals on top of the canister.
  3. Screw on the top of the cream whipper.Unscrewing the top of a cream whipper
  4. 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 charge into a cream whipper
  5. Leave the charger holder screwed in. You're now ready to shake.Closeup of a charge being inserted into a cream whipper
  6. Shake the whole thing four or five times. (There’s no need to be as dramatic about it as I am in this photo.)Stef shaking a cream whipper
  7. 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.Closeup of a nozzle attached to a cream whipper
  8. Frost away!Animation of a cream whipper in use frosting a cupcake


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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