Pumpkin spice whipped cream: Whip some up at home


Everyone is celebrating Starbucks’ return of pumpkin spice whipped cream. Why drive to Starbucks when you can make it at home.

Whipped cream is a delicious topping to desserts, ice cream and even your favorite latte. But, regular plain whipped cream doesn’t have to be the only option. Since it is pumpkin spice season, why not make some pumpkin spice whipped cream.

Pumpkin spice whipped cream, photo from Starbucks media site

First, I haven’t found this flavor of whipped cream available in stores. I’m not sure why some company hasn’t thought of this idea yet. With pumpkin spice everything on stores shelves, it seems logical a whipped cream company would have made one.

Still, making whipped cream at home is extremely easy. Homemade whipped cream is basically whipping cream and sugar. While you can whip the ingredients by hand, a stand mixer or hand mixer is a much easier. The ingredients are whipped until stiff peaks appear. The process usually takes a few minutes.

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One important kitchen tip, make sure that you bowl is chilled. A chilled bowl helps to make the whipped cream come together more quickly.

For an easier way to make whipped cream, a whipper is a great kitchen tool to have. Just like the ones the ones at Starbucks, these type of whippers turn liquid into whipped cream. The container pressurizes the liquid into a light and airy whipped cream. Many companies make whippers, but one of the best is iSi. While the iSi professional whipper is expensive, $159 for the pint size, it is worth the money if you use whipped cream often.

With your kitchen gear set, a pumpkin spice whipped cream recipe is fairly simple. Basically, whipping cream is combined with sugar and pumpkin pie filling, pumpkin puree, or pumpkin pie spice. Your personal flavor preferences should guide your choices. For a more spice forward version, pumpkin pie spice, all spice and cinnamon provide the aroma without heavy pumpkin. While the pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin puree offer a heavier pumpkin flavor.

If you would prefer to just follow a recipe and not experiment, this recipe from Genius Kitchen is a popular one.

"Pumpkin Spice Whipped CreamIngredients1 cup heavy whipping cream1⁄4cup confectioners’ sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 teaspoon cinnamon1⁄2teaspoon allspice3 tablespoons pumpkin pureeDirectionsChill mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer for 10 minutes.Beat cream with sugar until soft peaks form.Add vanilla, spices and pumpkin puree.Beat to stiff peaks, about 1 to 2 minutes longer."

This pumpkin spice whipped cream doesn’t have to be just for your pumpkin spice latte. Other lattes, like a mocha, would benefit from the fall flavor. Many desserts would perfectly pair with this whip cream as well. Just think of apple pie with this flavorful whipped cream.

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After you next PSL at Starbucks, don’t fret that the delicious pumpkin spice whipped cream will disappear like the fall colors. You can make it at home whenever the craving hits you.