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Perfect Chocolate Whipped Cream

Chocolate whipped cream is SO easy to make and it goes well on just about anything – from cakes and cupcakes to pies and ice cream.

Two cupcakes topped with chocolate whipped cream

I love chocolate cream cheese frosting and chocolate ganache, but sometimes you want a really simple and airy topping.

With just three ingredients, a recipe for chocolate whipped cream can be whipped up in minutes. Nothing beats its light, sweet, chocolaty flavor (unless, of course, you prefer chantilly cream – sweetened vanilla whipped cream).

What are The Ingredients in Chocolate Whipped Cream?

The most important ingredient is cold heavy whipping cream. Depending on where you live, you may also see heavy whipping cream sold as heavy cream, whipping cream, or double cream. These all have slightly different fat percentages, but they will all work just fine.

It is essential that the heavy whipping cream be cold. When the fat is warmer, it collapses easier. If you want a more technical explanation of this, read the Cook’s Illustrated article on whipped cream temperature.

pouring heavy whipping cream into a mixing bowl
Cocoa powder gives chocolate whipped cream its chocolate flavor. You can use any cocoa powder that you like. The flavor of the cocoa powder will have a big impact on the flavor of the whipped cream, so be sure to pick a cocoa powder that you love. If you want to try something different than the typical grocery store brands, give Cacao Barry Extra Brute a try. It has a rich flavor and a really dark color.

Adding cocoa powder to chocolate whipped cream

In this image, I’m using Pensey’s natural cocoa powder.

Cocoa powder is not sweetened, so you will need to counter its bitter flavor with sugar. I use regular granulated sugar and love the results. Some people insist that powered sugar or superfine sugar work better, but I haven’t found that to be the case.

How to Make Chocolate Whipped Cream

The easiest way to make chocolate whipped cream is with an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.

Whisk the cold heavy whipping cream on high speed. As you whisk, you’ll notice that the cream will begin to get bubbly and then thicken.Chantilly cream starting to get bubbly
Keep on whisking until it is thick enough that it doesn’t collapse when you lift up the whisk or place some on a spoon.
Thickened Chantilly cream
After this happens, add the cocoa powder and sugar. Give the cream one final short whisk.

Chocolate whipped cream in a mixing bowl

Warning: You can overmix whipped cream. If you mix too much, you’ll find that it goes from a fluffy cloud back to more of a liquid. To correct overmixed whipped cream, gently mix in some more cream until the proper consistency returns.

To make chocolate whipped cream without an electric mixer:

  • Whisk by hand – Get ready for a good workout. You’ll be whisking for around five minutes straight. This beats going to the gym.
  • Use a blender or immersion blender – Be careful not to overmix with this method. The cream will whip very quickly.

How Long Does Chocolate Whipped Cream Last?

Store whipped cream in a sealed container in your refrigerator for up to one week. You may notice that after a couple of days it starts to become a little liquidy. If this happens, simply re-whip it for thirty seconds or so to bring it back to life.

Chef’s Tips

  • Make sure the heavy whipping cream is cold.
  • If you are trying to whisk chocolate whipped cream by hand, use a metal bowl that’s been chilled in the refrigerator prior to whisking.
  • Making whipped cream takes a few minutes, so keep whisking until the cream is the desired consistency.

Variations

Serving Ideas

Placing a raspberry on top of chocolate whipped cream frosting

Chocolate whipped cream is the perfect topping for cupcakes, pies, cakes, ice cream, and fresh fruit!

I love it on my raspberry cupcakes. It would also be wonderful on vanilla cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, or peanut butter cupcakes!

Use a disher (ice cream scoop) to plop a pile of it onto your dessert, or place it into a piping bag to create beautiful patterns with it.

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Chocolate Whipped Cream

Chocolate whipped cream is SO easy to make and perfect for topping cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, and more!
Course Dessert
Keyword chocolate whipped cream, whipped cream
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 197kcal
Author Stef

Ingredients

  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream cold
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the cold heavy whipping cream on high speed. As you whisk, you'll notice that the cream will begin to get bubbly and then thicken.
  • Keep on whisking until it is thick enough that it doesn't collapse when you lift up the whisk or place some on a spoon. 
  • After this happens, add the cocoa powder and sugar and whip the cream one final short time.
  • Spread or pipe onto desserts or fresh fruit.

Notes

This recipe yields enough whipped cream to cover about 15 cupcakes with nice-sized swirls.
Store whipped cream cream in a sealed container in your refrigerator for up to one week. However, you may notice that after a couple of days it starts to become a little liquidy. If this happens, simply re-whip it for thirty seconds or so to bring it back to life.
  • Make sure the heavy whipping cream is cold.
  • If you are trying to whisk whipped cream by hand, use a metal bowl and chill it in the refrigerator before whisking.
  • Making whipped cream takes a few minutes, so keep whisking until the cream is the desired consistency.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Whipped Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 700IU14%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 comments on “Perfect Chocolate Whipped Cream”

  1. Donnasays:


    Ok this is so easy even I can do it!! I always get a bit scared of the fancier buttercream frostings etc but this one is so easy and delicious. Love it

  2. Dara Michalskisays:


    I could eat this by the spoonfuls!

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