Can You Freeze Whipping Cream?

As a dessert topping, you can’t beat a big serving of whipped cream. Delicious to eat, great to use as decoration and the perfect final touch to most desserts.

The biggest problem comes with judging just how much whipped cream you need and you could end up with leftovers that you can’t eat in time before it spoils! It would be a shame to throw it away, so can you freeze whipping cream?

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze whipping cream. Whipping cream can be frozen for around 4 months. The best way to freeze it is to pipe it out onto a baking tray to freeze before storing the piped portions in a freezer bag. 

How To Freeze Whipping Cream

The best way to freeze whipped cream is whipped and ready to use. This is perfect if you know exactly how you want your cream to look once it is whipped but won’t work quite so well if you just want to freeze the whipping cream in a container and then pipe it later.

To freeze whipping cream just follow this method.

  1. Whip Up
    Whip up your whipping cream.
  2. Prepare Tray
    Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Portion Out
    Either spoon a tablespoon-sized portion (or any sized portion you like!) onto the baking sheet or use a piping bag to create small swirls of whipped cream. Make sure you leave a gap between each whipped cream swirl so they are not touching.
  4. Freeze
    Pop the baking sheet into the freezer and allow it to freeze overnight or for several hours.
  5. Bag Up
    Once the cream is frozen then take the baking sheet and transfer the cream portions into a freezer-safe container or freezer bag.
  6. Freeze Again
    Label the container or the bag with the date and then pop it back into the freezer. Now, when it comes to needing some whipped cream you can grab out just the amount you need.

3 Tips for Freezing Whipping Cream

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing whipping cream to have the best results:

  • Add Flavourings Beforehand – If you’re going to freeze whipping cream whipped up then make sure you add any flavouring to it before freezing it. 
  • Freeze In Portions – By freezing it in portions on a baking tray before bagging it up, you can easily defrost one, two or three portions at a time. 
  • Label it Clearly – You’d be surprised how similar whipped cream looks to frozen meringues, for example. Make sure you write a clear label so it’s easy to know what it is that’s frozen. 

How Long Can You Freeze Whipping Cream?

Whipping cream that has been whipped should keep in the freezer for approximately four months.

Just bear in mind that freezing does change the structure of food and with dairy produce a general rule of thumb is to use it as quickly as you can as they won’t keep well in the freezer indefinitely.

So, keep your whipped cream frozen for up to four months but keep in mind it will reduce in quality and taste over time.

You Can Freeze Whipping Cream for Around 4 Months

How Do You Defrost Whipping Cream?

Defrosting whipping cream is a really easy process! Especially if you have used the method above. Just take the number of whipped cream portions that you need out of the freezer and pop it in the fridge to defrost slowly.

If you are using it as a dessert topping then you can prepare your dessert and pop the cream directly on top and then allow the whole thing to defrost in the fridge. Just be careful of this as you might get a little moisture loss which can seep into the dessert.

Can You Refreeze Whipping Cream?

We wouldn’t recommend that you refreeze whipping cream once it has been frozen. This remains the same whether you have whipped the cream or not.

Dairy loses quality with very freeze and you wouldn’t want to reduce the quality of the cream even further by refreezing.

Does Whipping Cream Freeze Well?

Whipping cream that hasn’t been whipped does not freeze very well. The cream separates and becomes grainy. You won’t be able to whip up the cream once it has thawed out.

So, if you are planning on freezing whipping cream then for best results you do need to whip it first. Then the cream has a much higher chance of freezing successfully. It still won’t be quite the same as freshly whipped cream but it should still be delicious enough to enjoy.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing whipping cream or cream in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Squirty Cream?

Squirty cream, in the compressed can, has a very good shelf life provided that you clean the nozzle. However, perhaps you have decorated a cake with some squirty cream and want to know if it will now freeze?

Well, unfortunately, it’s not something we would advise. As you may already know, dairy products do not freeze particularly well so you’ll find that the squirty cream will split. Instead, try to

What about Other Cream Types?

Unfortunately, the same rules apply to most cream types. Whether that’s double, single or clotted cream. If you click those links, you’ll be taken to a dedicated article about each of those cream types.

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