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Salted Caramel Whipped Cream

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love this salted caramel whipped cream.

Made with only five ingredients, it’s light, fluffy, and ridiculously decadent.

Whipped cream with salted caramel in a glass bowl.
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It’s also an easy recipe to tweak. You can make it sweeter or saltier simply by adding a bit more salt or caramel.

It’s delicious on cupcakes, desserts, and even waffles and pancakes!

Why You’ll Love This Salted Caramel Whipped Cream

There’s a lot to love about this recipe. Here are my top three reasons to love it:

  • It only requires ingredients! Actually, powdered sugar is optional, so you can make it with as few as four ingredients. Everything’s also easy to find and budget-friendly.
  • It’s customizable. I love recipes I can play around with and tweak to suit my tastes. Want it extra sweet? Add more powdered sugar or caramel sauce. Like more of a salty bite? Add extra salt!
  • It’s the perfect dessert topping. Seriously, you can put this stuff on anything.
Whipped cream with caramel syrup on a stainless bowl.

Ingredients

Want to know a bit more about those 5 ingredients? Let’s check them out:

  • Heavy Cream – Heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream, is the primary ingredient in this recipe. You simply cannot make whipped cream without it. Don’t try to substitute anything for it. Its high-fat content is imperative to the recipe.
  • Caramel Sauce – Look for high-quality caramel sauce, which is not the same as caramel topping. I typically make my own or use Torani or Ghirardelli.
  • Vanilla Extract – Just a little will enhance all the other flavors and really bring out the cream’s richness.
  • Sea Salt – This ingredient, too, is necessary for the finished product. Don’t substitute regular old table salt. It won’t do the trick.
  • Powdered Sugar – Powdered sugar is optional, but it’s an easy way to get the precise sweetness you want.

How to Make Salted Caramel Whipped Cream

Following these steps will ensure your topping turns out perfectly:

1. Chill the equipment beforehand. Whether you’re using a mixing bowl and beaters or a bowl and whisk attachment on a stand mixer doesn’t matter.

Chill your chosen equipment beforehand. Pop it in the freezer for about 15 minutes before starting the recipe.

2. Make the whipped cream. Add all of the ingredients to your chilled bowl. Start whipping the cream at low speed at first. Slowly and carefully work your way up to high.

Beat the cream for about 3 to 5 minutes until it forms stiff peaks. At that point, take a little taste. If it’s not sweet or salty enough, add more of whatever you need.

Then, briefly whip the cream once more to combine the new additions.

3. Serve. Once the cream is ready, use it immediately. Enjoy!

Spoon scooping salted caramel whipped cream on a glass bowl.

Tips for Success

Keep these tips in mind for the very best whipped cream:

  • Don’t set the cream out! For many recipes, you set the ingredients out ahead of time to warm up. Don’t do that with this recipe. The cream should be as cold as possible when adding it to the bowl. The caramel sauce should be at room temperature, though.
  • Too thin? Chill the finished product for 15 to 20 minutes to thicken it.
  • Store-bought vs. homemade caramel? This choice is entirely up to you. Save time by using store-bought caramel sauce. Or ensure the recipe suits your tastes exactly by making it yourself. Either way, ensure it’s high quality.
  • Don’t overbeat! If you do, you’ll have salted caramel butter instead of whipped cream.
  • Add a (salty) finishing touch. Add a sprinkle of flaky sea salt to the finished whipped cream for an extra salty kick.

Recipe Variations

I don’t mess with this recipe too much. It’s perfect as is. Still, here are a few variations if you want to try them:

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  • Feeling boozy? Add 1 to 3 tablespoons of bourbon for a delightfully boozy treat.
  • Add a bit of fall spice. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or apple pie spice.
  • Make it coffee-flavored. You’ll add 1 teaspoon of espresso powder for this variation.
  • Toss in extra vanilla. This recipe already calls for vanilla extract. However, you can add an additional 1/2 teaspoon for a stronger vanilla flavor.
Chocolate milkshake topped with whipped cream drizzled with caramel syrup.

How to Store

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days*. The cream tastes best fresh, of course, but you can also make it up to 2 days ahead.

I do not, however, recommend trying to freeze it. Doing so will ruin its texture.

*Note: If you want it to last longer, mix in 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar. It will help stabilize the cream and extend its life by about 2 days.

How to Serve Caramel Whipped Cream

This stuff tastes so incredible, I can eat it by itself with a spoon! But it tastes even better on fresh fruit and your favorite desserts. Here are a few of my favorite uses for it:

Caramel Whipped Cream

Course: DessertCuisine: American
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

25

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

Treat yourself to this incredible salted caramel whipped cream! Use it to top cakes, pies, brownies, pancakes, and more!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled

  • 3-5 tablespoons caramel sauce or to taste, plus extra for drizzling

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, optional

Instructions

  • Chill the mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer for about 15 minutes before starting the recipe. (If using a stand mixer, chill the bowl and whisk attachment.)
  • Add the heavy cream, salted caramel sauce, vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt to the chilled bowl. If using, also mix in the powdered sugar for added sweetness.
  • Start whipping the mixture on low speed, gradually increasing to high.
  • Beat until the cream forms stiff peaks, about 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to overbeat, which can turn the cream into butter.
  • Taste the whipped cream and adjust the sweetness or saltiness as needed. Then, briefly whip to combine.
  • Serve immediately as a topping for desserts, coffees, or fresh fruits. For an extra touch of elegance, drizzle more caramel sauce over it before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If using homemade caramel sauce, let it cool completely before using.
Salted Caramel Whipped Cream

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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