This Easy No-Fuss Chocolate Whipped Cream (also called Chantilly Cream) is made with heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract and cocoa powder - made in just one bowl, a few minutes and NO mess of melting chocolate over a double boiler.
It's one of my go-to whipped cream recipes when I'm craving chocolate but also in the mood for something light and delicate. It's absolutely perfect with black coffee and even better with hot chocolate. You can even turn your everyday pancakes and waffles into a chocolatey dessert with a dollop of this luscious whipped cream topped with some chocolate shavings. Did I mention you can also replace the sugar with any sugar-free sweetener of choice?
Ingredients Used to Make This Chocolate Whipped Cream
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- Heavy Cream - this is the main ingredient of whipped cream. When heavy cream is aerated (air is incorporated) it becomes a light and fluffy consistency that can be a delightful addition to cakes and desserts. For best results, choose heavy cream with a high fat content, ideally around 36-40%. Higher fat content contributes to a richer and creamier texture.
- Sugar of Choice - in this recipe, you can use regular cane sugar, white sugar, brown sugar or other granulated sugar of choice. For a lower carb option, replace sugar with a sugar-free substitute such as granulated monk fruit sweetener or erythritol. If using stevia powder, be sure to convert the amount of stevia according to package directions. You can also use 3 Tbsp of powdered sugar instead of 2 Tbsp of sugar in this recipe.
- Pure Vanilla Extract (optional) - this ingredient adds a touch of warm and aromatic flavors to your whipped cream, but not required. You can also use other extract of choice, such as almond extract, or coffee extract
- Cocoa Powder – any kind (regular or dark) works. You can adjust the chocolate color and flavor by adding more or less of the cocoa powder.
- Hand mixer or stand mixer - these tools will help you whip the cream efficiently. A hand mixer is easier for smaller batches (for whipping 2 cups of heavy cream or less), while a stand mixer is great for bigger ones.
- Piping Bag - If you plan to decorate desserts or pastries with your whipped cream, a piping bag will help you do exactly that. It provides precision and control when dispensing the cream onto your treats, allowing for beautiful and decorative designs. I used a disposable piping bag like this one.
- Piping Tip of choice - I used this Ateco 849 Closed Star Piping Tip.
Easy No-Fuss Chocolate Whipped Cream Recipe Using Cocoa Powder
- For best results, chill mixing bowl in the fridge for 15 minutes before whipping. Keep heavy cream cold in the fridge until then.
- Pour the cold heavy cream into the chilled mixing bowl. If you're using a stand mixer, use the whisk attachment. You can also use a hand mixer with beaters.
- Add the sugar, and vanilla extract
- Add cocoa powder.Without turning on the machine, use the beaters to quickly swirl the cocoa powder into the liquid so that most of the cocoa powder is wet. This prevents the powder from flying everywhere and making a mess!
- Begin whipping the cream at low speed, gradually increasing to high as it thickens.
- Do a quick taste test and add 1-2 Tbsp more sugar if you want it sweeter
- Whip the cream until it thickens and reaches stiff peaks, or until the beater starts to leave tracks in the cream (see pics)Note: Be careful not to over-whip, as it can turn into butter.
- If you have leftover whipped cream, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep well for 1-2 days. You may need to re-whip it for a few seconds to restore the desired consistency.
- Yields approximately 2 cups of whipped cream
- Use the freshly whipped cream to top your favorite desserts, such as cakes, pies, fruits, or hot beverages like coffee or hot chocolate.