Coffee creamer comes in a variety of flavors from styles, from caramel to vanilla and regular dairy to non-dairy alternatives. It’s rich and silky, but can you whip coffee creamer? Let’s find out.
If you prefer a bit more creaminess and flavor in your Java, you may reach for coffee creamer as part of your morning cup of coffee. It can be a great substitute for milk, and it has fewer calories than regular heavy cream.
But can you whip coffee creamer like you can heavy cream? The short answer is yes, you can make whipped cream from coffee creamer, but it takes a few extra ingredients to get it airy and fluffy.
In this post, I’ll show you how to make coffee creamer whipped cream in just a few minutes. And it works whether you have regular dairy creamer or if you prefer non-dairy coffee creamer options.
- What happens if you simply try to whip coffee creamer?
- How to make coffee creamer whipped cream
- Ways to use coffee creamer whipped cream
- What are the differences between coffee creamer vs whipping cream?
- Can you make foam out of coffee creamer?
- What are good whipping cream substitutes?
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What happens if you simply try to whip coffee creamer?
While simply adding coffee creamer to a bowl and whipping it with an electric mixer will eventually create a thicker cream, it will take a while. And it won’t have the same airy texture as regular whipped cream.
That’s why it’s a good idea to add a few other ingredients to help the process along.
How to make coffee creamer whipped cream
To make whipped cream from coffee creamer, it’s a good idea to start with a thicker creamer that has a high-fat content. That will help reduce the whisking time. Then add a few ingredients for structure and flavor. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1 – Pour 1 cup of creamer into a chilled bowl.
Step 2 – Add 2 tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar, along with 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Step 3 – Beat the ingredients with a whisk or electric hand mixer at medium-high speed until you get soft peaks. You could also use a stand mixer, but I’ve found that you get better control by hand.
Step 4 – If you want stiff peaks, continue beating. But be careful not to over-whisk it, or it will result in whipped butter instead of cream.
💡 Pro tip: Confectioners’ sugar has a bit of cornstarch in it which will help thicken the whipped cream. So for best results, use it instead of granulated sugar.
This will work with both dairy and non-dairy options. If you prefer a non-dairy creamer, you can add a bit of coconut milk to add extra body and creaminess to your whipped cream.
Ways to use coffee creamer whipped cream
Once you’ve made your delicious coffee creamer whipped cream, you’ll have a decadent topping for your morning coffee. You can also use it to top a steaming mug of hot cocoa or hot coffee — or a homemade frappuccino or iced coffee. If you’re in a more decadent mood, spoon a dollop of it on ice cream, cake, cupcakes, or a slice of pie.
Basically, you can use coffee creamer whipped cream on anything you would use regular whipped cream for.
What are the differences between coffee creamer vs whipping cream?
Coffee creamer and whipping cream have a few main differences. Creamer is thinner and comes in a variety of flavors and styles, from regular dairy to almond, soy, and other non-dairy alternatives. It also is typically sweetened. Its main purpose is as a coffee additive to create more flavor and creaminess.
Whipping cream does not have added sweeteners and it has higher fat content than creamer. When whipped, it creates thick, fluffy whipped cream. It’s a great way to add some light creaminess to a wide range of foods, especially desserts. It’s also a great topping for drinks like frappuccinos or hot chocolate.
Can you make foam out of coffee creamer?
Yes, you can create a sort of cream foam out of coffee creamer in a few different ways. You’ll just need a handheld milk frother or a milk frother attached to a coffee maker. Or you can use a French press, or simply a whisk.
Using a handheld frother or frother attached to a coffee machine
First, warm up some creamer, then add it to a metal frothing container. Then place it under the frother and froth for about 20 seconds, moving it up and down. Once you see foam forming, you’re done!
Using a French press
Start by warming up some coffee creamer and pour it into your French press. Then pump it quickly until you see foam bubbles. It should only take about 30 seconds or so. That’s it.
Using a whisk
Like the other methods, you’ll start by heating up the creamer. Then simply place it in a large mixing bowl and vigorously whisk it until you start to see foam. Use it as a substitute for regular milk foam in espresso drinks like cappuccinos and lattes.
You could also use the steam wand on an espresso machine one if you have one to make foam and froth the creamer.
What are good whipping cream substitutes?
If you’re out of heavy whipping cream and coffee creamer but still want whipped cream, you have a few options.
One of the best substitutes is Greek yogurt. This creamy, slightly tangy yogurt has a thick consistency. Just combine it with vanilla extract and honey, mix it together well, then let it chill in the fridge for a couple of hours. When you’re ready to eat it, place a dollop of it on your dessert of choice!
Crème fraîche is another great whipped cream substitute. This light cream also has a slightly tangy flavor, along with a fresh, creamy taste and texture. It’s easy to find at your local grocery store and it’s simple to make at home.
To make it, just need to combine heavy cream and buttermilk in a mason jar. Then let it sit at room temperature for about 24 hours. Once it’s thick, stir, seal the jar, and refrigerate for another 24 hours. That’s it!
Half and half can be another whipped cream substitute. It has less fat than regular cream as it’s made from cream combined with whole milk, so it doesn’t whip well. But it still has a thicker consistency than regular milk and will add some creaminess to dishes. It’s especially good over desserts like fresh fruit, where you don’t necessarily need stiff whipped cream.
Whipped cream will last up to 3 days in the fridge if kept in an airtight container. The longer you store it, however, the more it will weaken and start to separate.
You can make whipped cream a day ahead and simply store it in a bowl covered in plastic wrap in the fridge. You may need to lightly whip it again when you’re ready to use in case the ingredients separate.
Heavy cream and whipping cream are essentially the same thing. The main difference is that heavy cream must contain at least 36 percent milk fat. Whipping cream can have lower milk fat content, between 30 percent and 36 percent. Both are used to make whipped cream, but heavy cream can hold its structure longer when whipped.
In order to help whip the creamer, you’ll need to use confectioners’ sugar. While they have a similar consistency, powdered sugar is simply very finely ground granulated sugar. Confectioners’ sugar includes the addition of cornstarch, which acts as a stabilizer.
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