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For wilt-free whipped cream on cakes, cupcakes, pies and more, Stabilized Whipped Cream will last! The best part of this version is that it’s made without refined sugar. You can make this recipe with stevia and/or honey, so it’s Primal, Keto, Low Carb and GAPS diet-friendly.
Primal, Keto, Low Carb and GAPS Whipped Cream
At our café in Oregon, we had customers with a variety of diets. And we tried to cater to those with unique dietary needs. So we made grain-free treats with unrefined and low carb sweeteners.
One item we loved making and that simply flew out the door were: parfaits! These beautiful layered desserts are all topping! For anyone who loves decadence (and that’s me), parfaits give us permission to eat a whole bowl-full of the rich stuff: maple syrup ganache, honey-sweetened compote, fresh local berries, rich custard, flavored whipped cream, vanilla bean Keto crème fraiche, nut-date crumble, sprouted nuts, caramel and more.
The ingredients all got layered, depending on the parfait flavor, and eaten with a spoon. We also layered in grain-free, sugar-free cookies, brownies, chocolate cake, scones and shortbread, but the rich toppings played the key role — visually, texturally and flavor-wise.
Whipped Cream that won’t wilt
Early on, one conundrum developed: How to keep the whipped cream from collapsing? Once again, gelatin played the silent supporting role, literally and figuratively. Today I’ll share my recipe for keeping your whipped cream voluminous and full-bodied. This method works great for layer cakes, cream pies, cupcakes, anywhere you want whipped cream that will last and that won’t wilt!
Stabilized Whipped Cream (Frosting) Ingredients
This recipe features whipped cream (with GAPS variation), sweetener and gelatin. A little water is also used to dissolve the gelatin in. This is basically a 4-ingredient recipe.
You may also flavor the whipped cream. I’ve given some fun variations for simple flavor alternatives, below in the recipe. Depending on your dessert, consider:
- vanilla (very traditional, of course)
Regarding the sweetener, you may use any unrefined or low carb sweetener of your choice: stevia works; for Primal — honey and maple syrup work great; for Low Carb and Keto — you can also use any liquid low carb sweetener you like.
How Stabilized Whipped Cream is made
Stabilized Whipped Cream is made by dissolving a small amount of gelatin in water, heating the water to dissolve the gelatin, letting the gelatin water cool a little — and then pouring the water into soft whipped cream while beating.
Zoom in: While the gelatin water cools (don’t let it cool completely, because we don’t want it to gel yet), the cold cream is whipped into soft peeks. The gelatin water is poured in, incorporated, and the whipped cream stiffens.
Stiffened Whipped Cream still looks soft; you don’t want to beat it too long (which turns it into butter), but it will now hold its shape.
How to store and use Stabilized Whipped Cream
It’s best to use Stabilized Whipped Cream right away, while it’s cool room temperature. Once chilled, it sets softly and will not retain its billowy mobility. 😉
To decorate with it, you may frost a cake or pipe swirls. It also works well in layer cakes or as layers in a parfait. To pipe with it, fill a pastry bag, and use it like you would a buttercream type frosting.
To store a dessert that’s already been decorated, simply refrigerate until you’re ready to serve and eat. But you may also set out a refrigerated dessert at room temperature for several hours, and the Whipped Cream will hold its shape well.
Stabilized Whipped Cream (refined sugar-free; uses stevia and/or honey)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream ; use fully cultured sour cream for GAPS diet
- 1/4 cup filtered water room temperature
- 1/4 cup honey optional, or pure maple syrup; for Keto: use low carb liquid sweetener or just stevia to taste
- 1 teaspoon gelatin
- extract options — 1/8 tsp. peppermint oil (not EO) , citrus oil, or 1 tsp. vanilla extract (the strength of different peppermint oil brands will vary; so start with 1/8 tsp., to taste and add more if needed)
- flavor variations - use Matcha green tea powder dissolved in the water, 1-2 tsp., to taste; strong, black coffee in place of the water with 1 T. instant espresso powder added; a favorite liqueur in place of the water; or whisk 1 T. cocoa into the water until it's fully dissolved; 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- Pour the water into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly over its surface.
- Over low heat constantly stir the water until it begins to steam and the gelatin becomes clear and fully dissolved. Do not simmer. Add optional sweetener and stir briefly. Set aside.
- Pour cream into a chilled bowl or food processor.
- Using a hand-held mixer or food processor, beat the cream just until the soft peaks begin to form; times will vary depending on your equipment, up to 3 to 4 minutes with a hand-held mixer. (For GAPS version, whip sour cream until it's loose (not stiff from the tub), about 20 seconds.)
- When soft peaks are forming and the whole mass is happily volumizing, slowly pour the gelatin water in at one side of your bowl, whisking the stream of liquid into the body of your rising cream.
- Stop beating the cream when it is whipped beautifully, and before it becomes butter.
- It is now ready to use on top of pie, layered in parfaits etc. Or chill it for a short period to stiffen it a bit more for a purpose like piping it.
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Cakes and cupcakes to use with Stabilized Whipped Cream:
- Keto Primal Apple Cake (may be made into a layer cake too)
- Best Keto Yellow Cake (Primal, may be made into cupcakes too)
- Orange Creamsicle Cake (Paleo, GAPS)
As a side note, consider using grass-fed, organic cream, if you aren’t already. Grass-fed, organic cream provides guilt-free pleasure AND helps to support a worthy farm that’s doing animal husbandry, human nutrition and sustainable farming right. (When cows eat grass you get the correct omega-3:omega-6 ratio in your food. See my article on this topic, Conventional Dairy (and Meat) Products, to understand the importance of avoiding American conventional dairy.)