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How to Make Whipped Cream for One

Whip up a single serving of whipped cream in just 2 minutes. 
By Published Oct. 17, 2022

From a moderate scoop to a hefty mound, whipped cream makes food better. Its cool airiness adds a creamy boost to every bite, and can top everything from an easy berry cake to a salted caramel apple milkshake or ice cream pie

But making it at home requires a lot of elbow grease, or the aid of a stand mixer. And if you have leftovers (which you always do!) all that homemade whipped cream can go from delicious to deflated in a matter of hours. 

What if you could make just enough for that last slice of Deep-Dish Apple Pie in the fridge? 

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If you have a mason jar with a lid, you can.

Whipped cream for one takes just 2 minutes (seriously!) and requires no special equipment. All you do is put the ingredients in a mason jar, screw on the lid tightly, and shake untilvoilà!you have whipped cream.

In the time it takes to warm up another helping of Caramel Dumplings or whip up an easy batch of No-Bake Apple Crisp for One you could have a fresh serving of whipped cream to dollop on top. 

Here’s how to do it.

Whipped Cream for One

  • ¼ cup heavy cream, chilled
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine all ingredients in a 1- or 2-cup mason jar. Close lid tightly, then shake jar until cream is thickened and holds its shape on a spoon, about 2 ­minutes. Serve.