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.
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.
How to Use a Cream Whipper
- Cream whipper
- Nitrous oxide charger
- 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 rubber ring seals on top of the whipped cream 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 if you’re making whipped cream. (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!