This honey-sweetened whipped cream is my 3-ingredient go-to recipe — it’s really delicious without being way too sweet!

a large glass bowl of honey sweetened whipped cream

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This whipped cream recipe is my go-to, y’all. I originally started using honey in my whipped cream when I was on a refined sugar-free diet, but (as I’m sure you know), I’ve since added sugar back into my diet. Even so, honey is still my VERY favorite sweetener to use in whipped cream — it subtly sweetens the whipped cream without overwhelming your dessert or so you can enjoy it by the spoonful.

Recipe Ingredients

Just 3 ingredients combine to form the most delicious, fluffy homemade whipped cream. Here’s what you’ll need:

all of the ingredients for honey sweetened whipped cream in bowls on a marble surface
  • Heavy Cream – the base of the whipped cream is 1 pint (2 cups) of heavy cream. 
  • Honey – 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey sweetens the whipped cream perfectly. If you’re looking for a less sweet option, 2 teaspoons is a good amount.
  • Vanilla Extract – to add a touch of vanilla to the whipped cream, you’ll need 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Ingredient Modifications

Though this recipe is incredible as written, I totally understand (and fully support) the need to make ingredient modifications. Here are a few that I know work really well:

  • Make it dairy-free: swap the heavy cream for the cream from the top of a can of full-fat coconut milk. Pro tip: this will work best with chilled coconut milk, so keep a can in your fridge for recipes like this!
  • Omit the vanilla extract: if you don’t have vanilla extract on hand or it just isn’t your favorite flavor, feel free to skip it. It adds a nice touch if you have it (and like it), but it definitely isn’t necessary.

How to Make Whipped Cream at Home

Goodness, this whipped cream process could not be any easier! Here’s how you’ll make your very own honey-sweetened whipped cream:

honey sweetened whipped cream being made in a stand mixer
a mixer whisk with whipped cream on it
  1. Combine the ingredients – add the honey, heavy cream, and vanilla to either a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer.
  2. Whip – whip the ingredients until soft peaks form.
  3. Serve and enjoy – serve in coffee, on top of a slice of pie, or on top of a few scoops of ice cream, and enjoy!
a large glass bowl of honey sweetened whipped cream

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my whipped cream not pulling together easily?

Room temperature heavy cream is probably the biggest culprit here! Using chilled heavy cream (as in, straight from the refrigerator) will make a big difference in how quickly and easily your whipped cream pulls together.

How do I know the difference between soft and stiff peaks?

While stiff (or firm) peaks stand straight up as soon as the mixer is lifted from the whipped cream, soft peaks will start to fall over just slightly, barely holding their shape. For whipped cream, you’re looking for soft peaks. Fun fact: if you whip your whipped cream way TOO much, it’ll go straight past stiff peaks to subtly sweetened (and vanilla-flavored) butter!

Something to keep in mind: if you’re making this whipped cream as a mousse (say, for some sort of mousse pie), you’ll want to whip it to a stiff peak so that it’s sturdier than a traditional, put-a-dollop-on-top whipped cream.

What are the best sugars to sweeten whipped cream with? powdered sugar or honey

My very favorite sugar to sweeten whipped cream with is, of course, honey — that’s why I used it in this recipe! Second to honey, though, I’d say that powdered sugar makes for a really delicious whipped cream sweetener. 

Why does my whipped cream separate in the fridge?

Good question! Because this whipped cream is free of any kind of shelf stabilizers or preservatives, there’s a good chance that it’ll separate during storage. If that is the case, don’t worry! It’s completely normal and to be expected. You can either pour off the extra liquid or use a hand whisk to whisk everything together until it’s reincorporated.


Homemade Honey Whipped Cream

4.39 — Votes 18 votes
By Cassy Joy Garcia
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
This honey-sweetened whipped cream is my 3-ingredient go-to recipe — it’s really delicious without being way too sweet!


  • 1 pint 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons for a less sweet option
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Add the honey, heavy cream, and vanilla to either a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer.
  • Whip the ingredients until soft peaks form.


Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1739IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 429
Keyword: homemade whipped cream, honey whipped cream

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe whips up the most delicious whipped cream.
    I also feel like it stays stable longer than the traditional recipe

  2. Very interesting because I love honey and whipped cream (and have a few honey teas, so I’d love some easy to make honey dessert to go with honey tea).
    However, the most important question: what to substitute in a country which doesn’t use the concept of “heavy cream”?
    In Poland cream is categorised by fat percentage. There are two kinds of cream which are good for sweet dishes in general and for whipped crea in particular.
    30% – thin by itself (much thicker than milk, but much thinner than caramel), but can be whipped very well as long as it’s cold. Has a bit of a sweet taste even without any sugar.
    36% – much thicker, like butter left outside the refrigerator on a hot day. Has a bit of a sweet taste too.
    30% cream is cheaper and available in larger cups, so I wonder if it could work, or would it timply be too thin to “support” the honey? I’d plan to eat it right after whipping.

    1. I’m not positive, Eva, but I think either would work. 36% would whip easier/faster and probably hold shape for longer. If you’re planning on enjoying this right away, though, I bet 30% would work just fine!

    1. Hi Juniper! This recipe will make about 8 cups of whipping cream once whipped. -Team FF

  3. 5 stars
    We made this for Thanksgiving to go with pie and it was a hit! Such an easy recipe to whip up and a great alternative to Cool Whip. Thanks for sharing!

    1. We are so glad to hear that, Jordan! Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us. We are glad it was easy and such a hit! -Team FF