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Whipped Cream Frosting

whipped cream recipe

This gluten free Whipped Cream Frosting is fun to make and so easy that the children can practically do it by themselves.  I like to spread it over my Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes, though it goes equally well with Chocolate Cupcakes.

Whipped Cream Frosting


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  1. Place the cream and honey (or maple syrup) in a large (and if possible deep) bowl
  2. Whip with a hand blender until stiff peaks form
  3. Spread over cupcakes or cake
  4. Serve

Frosts about 8 cupcakes

If you are into eating just the frosting, you might want to dust some Chocolate “Dirt” over it. Enjoy!

posted on May 11, 2010, 35 comments

  1. Jill

    I wish I could find a recipe for non dairy/soy whipped cream :( this looks soooo good!!

    • Kari

      I was just going to say the same thing Sally said. Refrigerate a can of coconut milk overnight. I use one of those puncture type can openers to open the bottom and drain out the liquid, then tip over and open the can with a can opener, scoop out the white thick coconut that is left. I can whip one can with my hand mixer. Add some sweetener. I don’t use any kind of starch. Works really well and would be really good on banana cupcakes I think!

      • Janet (Pantry Bites) @ pantrybites.com

        Never thought about using the coconut cream to make whipped cream. Is the residual cream from coconut milk different from coconut cream that you buy out of the can?

        • Kari

          I have never seen coconut “cream” in a can? It is called coconut “milk”. And by putting it in the fridge overnight, I guess what you are doing is separating the cream from the milk. The cream is what you use to whip up.

          RH – one can can comfortably cover one 8 inch cake pan worth of cake.

          Sorry Messy Chef but I have not found any alternatives to coconut if you can’t do dairy. I know you can buy cream replacement like to use in recipes (like ice cream), but I don’t know if you can make actual whip cream out of it?

    • Tina Grahek

      Rich Whip is non dairy and does not use soy. It is not healthy but I use it only once or twice a year. It is found in the freezer section of the regular grocery store. richwhip.com

    • Donna

      There is a fabulous non-dairy “creme” in my neck of the woods called “Mimicreme” that is non dairy, non soy, and gluten free. It’s available in sweetened or unsweetened, and it is basically made using almonds and cashews. Made in Albany, NY, by Green Rabbit LLC. They have a website with a contact phone number, I don’t know how far away it’s distributed but it’s a fantastic product so ask your health food store to get it!!

    • I know this sounds weird, but I did this for my niece’s birthday cake because I had limited resources and she is highly allergic to dairy. I took quinoa flakes and ground them up into a fine powder. Then I put a can of coconut milk on the stove and mixed in the quinoa flakes and agave and slowly cooked it until it turned to the consistency of frosting/cream. It was actually really delicious.

    • Jill – Here is my recipe for a non dairy/soy whipped cream. I call it, “Better Than Whipped Cream”. I too use the coconut milk but add some other ingredients to make it more like real whipped cream. Check it out here: http://naturaldomesticengineer.blogspot.com/2009/05/better-than-whipped-coconut-cream.html

      BTW – I haven’t updated my blog in a while but I no longer have dairy allergies or most of my allergies period.

    • jillian

      if it works for you i saw whipped rice cream in an aerosol can at whole foods..been wondering if it has nice flavor..let me know if you try it :)

    • Adrienne

      Substitute mimicreme. It’s sooo good!! I love it in my coffee, too. :)

  2. Sally Parrott Ashbrook @ sallyashbrook.com/60in60

    Jill, you can whip the coconut cream that you skim off the top of a refrigerated can of coconut milk. Takes two cans for my mixer to be able to do it right. Add a touch of some starch (cornstarch is what I usually use) and a bit of agave or other sweetener. Sometimes I use alcohol, too.

    We love it.

  3. The Messy Chef @ themessychef.net

    I’m going to sound extremely picky, but I’m not a coconut fan. Has anyone found a dairy free/soy free/coconut free whipped cream alternative?

  4. RH

    Just wondering how much whipped cream this makes.

  5. Anna Hoang


    Regular whipped frosting tends to “bleed” or separate after a few hours. Does the agave nectar help keep the frosting from separating? Cheers!

    • Marie

      Dana Carpender in her low carb cookbooks recommends using a teaspoon of vanilla pudding mix in whipped cream icing to stabalize it. I hope it’s gluten-free. I don’t know.

  6. Claire

    Jill and Messy Chef,

    I’ve used agar powder/ flakes to make pseudo whipped cream or whipped cream like icing with coconut milk and other milk alternatives.

    I have used this recipe subsitituting arrowroot powder and a few milk alternatives and it has turned out fairly well (the higher the fat of the milk the better) http://ecoliciouslife.blogspot.com/2009/09/coconut-milk-whipped-cream-others.html

    The Angelica Kitchen cookbook has a dairy-free recipe using Agar that makes a carob frosting where I have substituted cocoa powder for carob and almond milk for soymilk. There’s a version online at wellsphere that uses agave.

    Hope this helps!

  7. Molly

    Messy Chef,

    I like to use a product called Mimic Creme cream substitute, made from almonds and cashews. The company is launching a whipped topping product in May!


  8. This looks so good. I did try it with coconut milk, and it was good, but seemed to melt and separate a bit.

    • Erika

      Making dairy free whipped cream is easy! Just follow a traditional whipped cream recipe, but substitute Silk Almondmilk (vanilla flavor) for the heavy cream and add 2 Tbsp of corn starch (as a thickening agent). Its delicious!

      I have even got my cow’s milk loving husband addicted to Silk almondmilk, which you can even use to make dairy-free ricotta and a buttermilk substitute.

  9. Jill

    Thanks for all the suggestions!!! Does anyone know if the substitutions will last as long as regular whipped cream or do you need to eat them pretty much right off the bat?

  10. Erika

    Another easy way to may non-dairy whipped topping is using non-dairy creamer:

    * 1 cup of Non-Dairy Creamer
    * 1/4 cup of cold water
    * 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    * 3 tablespoons of powder or confectioners’ sugar

    You just whip the first 3 ingredients together until soft peaks form and then gradually beat in the powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour until stiff, then fluff, and serve!

  11. kerri

    There is coconut creme in a can that is used for making Pina Coladas. I take it that coconut MILK in a can is different? Is refrigerated coconut milk the same (it comes in a carton and is probably not as concentrated)? Thanks for the suggestions on Mimic Creme. I have tried Soyatoo and liked it, but again it contains soy.

  12. Rachel, Michigan

    There is a product, which name is not coming to mind right now, but I saw it in the freezer section at our grocery store in Michigan called Kroger. It is in the natural foods section of the store near the organic ice cream and coconut milk ice cream. I think the name has “Tru” in it but I Googled based on this poor memory and couldn’t find it. It is made from palm oil and would probably be most similar to Cool Whip. I thought the name might be “Tru North” or something like that. You could email me direct if you are desperate and I can check on it next time I go. RachelErnst.com@gmail.com

    Trader Joes has a decent instant pudding mix without too much yucky stuff in it. Add less milk of choice to make it thicker.

    Thai Kitchen coconut milk is the thickest. Don’t shake it. Let it sit on shelf at room temp for a few weeks (more/less?) to separate. THEN refrigerate it. The cold is hardening the fat to thicken it. THEN open it and use only the thickened part and pour out the watery stuff to use in some other application. Depending on your brand, the stuff can be already quite thick (Thai Kitchen) or need thickening (Native Forest) with a starch or better yet good old cocoa powder. Stevia or erythritol or raw honey to sweeten. You will have to keep it cold in order to keep the thickness.

    OR, DON’T refrigerate it at all before you start thickening it. That way you’ll know that it won’t melt at room temp. Just keep adding (cocoa powder), but give it time to absorb and thicken.

  13. Cathy T

    For dairy free, soy free cream–try MimicCreme. It is an almond & cashew cream unsweetened. It is an all purpose cream that is gluten free, vegan, cholesterol-free, non-gmo & Kosher. I purchased this at Whole Foods. I was looking for a substitute for milk.

  14. I really like the idea of using soy/rice milk and corn starch to make non dairy whipped cream – thanks for the tip!!

  15. Alex | psicologos en df @ psicologosexpress.com

    wowow!!! yummi! i like it! I want my Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes =D

  16. A-DAWG!!!

    Will this frosting actually come out like the photo pasted above???
    would like to know, i’ve been disappointed twice already with heavy-goopy frosting!

    • mylinda

      Make sure u don’t over whip the cream.
      Its will start to look goopy then it will whip up real pretty but if u keep whipping it will break back down to that goopy stuff again…

  17. Karen

    I would use a different sugar substitute, agave nectar is very high in fructose and it is highly processed. Its better to stick to honey, pure stevia and/or maple syrup.

  18. m

    about how many cupcakes can I frost with the measures in Vegan Chocolate Frosting recipe?
    Vegan Chocolate Frosting
    1 cup chocolate chunks
    ½ cup grapeseed oil
    2 tablespoons agave nectar
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    pinch celtic sea salt
    1. In a small saucepan over very low heat, melt chocolate and grapeseed oil
    2. Stir in agave, vanilla and salt
    3. Place frosting in freezer for 15 minutes to chill and thicken
    4. Remove from freezer and whip frosting with a hand blender until it is thick and fluffy
    5. Frost over cake, chocolate or vanilla cupcakes or between cookies

  19. Jane

    I tried making the marshmallow frosting for the chocolate cake? The egg whites were nice and stiff, however, when I added the boiled agave, it went flat. How does this work?

  20. Corinne

    I accidentally left the whip cream in the blender to long and is now cream again. What do I do?

  21. Corinne

    Oops! I just made honey butter. Thanks for the recipe. Next time I will not do my math at the same time.

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