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Candy Cane Mint Whipped Cream

Candy Cane Mint Whipped Cream is just the topping you need for the holidays! A lighter alternative to buttercream this frosting is made with just three ingredients and tastes exactly like candy canes – delicious on top of cupcakes, cakes and hot chocolate.

top down view of candy cane whipped cream on top of cupcakes
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Flavored whipped cream is probably the best kept secret of the online baking community. I was introduced to it by a former co-worker – who just happens to be a crazy good baker and is the only reason I have even a few baking recipes on the blog – and since then it’s my #1 go-to for all my frosting needs. Buttercream is good, but can easily get too heavy – and while I love cream cheese frosting, it just doesn’t go with every flavor. Flavored whipped cream, however, does.

And we’re not just talking adding a bit of flavor to the whipped cream here. We’re talking melting candy into whipped cream, acually creating a whipped cream that is made from candy. How crazy is that?! For this version it’s candy canes, but you can just as well use any other candy you like, or just go with a classic white chocolate for a super indulgent treat.

Why this recipe works

  • True candy cane flavor from using actual candy canes instead of mint flavoring
  • Lighter than a buttercream frosting
  • Easy to pipe
  • So versatile – use it on top of cupcakes, brownies or hot chocolate. Just like you would a regular whipped cream!

How to make Mint Whipped Cream

You only need two ingredients (well, three if you count the coloring – but that’s very optional) to make this delicious topping: heavy cream, candy canes and – if you want – a bright red food gel coloring (I swear by Wilton’s “Red Red”*).

collage showing how to melt candy canes in whipped cream

The whole concept of this flavored whipped cream is to actually melt your candy canes into the whipped cream. To do this, pour your whipped cream in a sauce pan and place over medium heat. Important note here: do not at any point let the cream start to boil! If it does, you might just have ruined the whole batch. So keep the temperature at medium or lower, and when you see steam coming off the cream keep a close eye on it. If or when the amount of steam increases, consider lowering the temperature.

Anyway. Heat up your cream and add in the candy canes. I kept mine whole but if you manage to crush them beforehand they will melt quicker, so I would recommend this. Mix often so the candy canes don’t stick to the bottom, and when they are completely melted you are done for now and can turn off the heat.

Set the cream aside to cool down, and then place in the fridge for at least 4 hours. If you can, leave it in there over night to ensure it’s completely cooled. This is important if you want to be able to whip it into a nice, hard shape.

collage showing how to whip flavored whipped cream

Now after the cream has cooled, you whip it just the same way as you would with a regular heavy cream.

And that’s it! If you wish, you can color the cream – either like I did, with red candy cane stripes, or any other way you like. Just make sure to use a gel color (not a liquid one) so you don’t change the consistency of the cream.

Expert tips for making flavored whipped cream

  1. Most importantly – do not let your whipped cream start to boil! If it does, you will most likely need to start over. Just keep it at a steady temperature and when you see too much smoke coming off it you know it’s time to take it off the heat for a while.
  2. Almost as important is to let it cool down completely before whisking, otherwise you run the risk of the whipped cream breaking or just not getting as solid as you’d like. Leave it in the fridge overnight to be safe!
  3. Crush your candy canes before adding to the whipped cream so they melt quicker.
  4. Always use gel food coloring – not the liquid kind – to avoid changing the consistency of the cream.
  5. To get really nice, bright, red lines on your candy cane frosting – use two piping bags for one batch of this frosting. Just make lines in both and add half of the frosting to each!

Frequently asked questions

I don’t have any gel food coloring – can I make it anyway?

Yes! While this frosting looks amazing with red stripes, it’s just as delicious without. Don’t let that stop you – just make it and skip the red lines.

Can I save leftover flavored whipped cream?

Yes, you can save the leftover flavored whipped cream for 3-5 days in the fridge. So don’t throw away any leftovers from icing your cake or cupcakes – save it and use it on top of hot chocolate or pancakes instead! I like to prep any leftovers in an icing bag so I can just easily pipe it out whenever I need it.

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What to use Candy Cane Mint Whipped Cream for?

This flavored whipped cream is perfect to use as a topping for cakes and cupcakes, on top of brownies, on pancakes and to serve with a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

top view of christmas hot chocolate topped with candy cane whipped cream
top down view of candy cane whipped cream on top of cupcakes

Candy Cane Mint Whipped Cream

Print Rate
Course: Baking, Dessert, Fika
Cuisine: American, christmas, European, holidays
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chilling time: 4 hours
Servings: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 5 dl heavy whipping cream
  • 280 g candy canes crushed or in smaller pieces
  • a few drops Wilton red red food coloring or other bright red gel food coloring

Instructions

  • Pour your cream into a sauce pan and place over medium high heat. Heat up but do not let it start to boil.
  • Add in your crushed candy canes and mix. Keep the cream hot without allowing it to boil, and stir continuously until all the candy canes have melted.
  • When all candy canes have melted, take the pan of the heat and set aside to cool. When cooled place in the fridge for at least 4 hours to cool completely – even better if you can leave it there overnight.
  • When you wish to use your candy cane whipped cream, bring it out from the fridge and whip to desired consistency.
  • Bring out a piping bag and fit it with the tip of your choice. Then paint four red lines on the insides of the bag using a tooth pick dipped in the red gel food coloring, then carefully spoon in half of the candy cane whipped cream. Pipe out as desired, and then repeat with a new piping bag for the other half of the whipped cream.

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Notes

Expert tips for making flavored whipped cream

  1. Most importantly – do not let your whipped cream start to boil! If it does, you will most likely need to start over. Just keep it at a steady temperature and when you see too much smoke coming off it you know it’s time to take it off the heat for a while.
  2. Almost as important is to let it cool down completely before whisking, otherwise you run the risk of the whipped cream breaking or just not getting as solid as you’d like. Leave it in the fridge overnight to be safe!
  3. Crush your candy canes before adding to the whipped cream so they melt quicker.
  4. Always use gel food coloring – not the liquid kind – to avoid changing the consistency of the cream.
  5. To get really nice, bright, red lines on your candy cane frosting – use two piping bags for one batch of this frosting. Just make lines in both and add half of the frosting to each!

Frequently asked questions

I don’t have any gel food coloring – can I make it anyway?

Yes! While this frosting looks amazing with red stripes, it’s just as delicious without. Don’t let that stop you – just make it and skip the red lines.

Can I save leftover flavored whipped cream?

Yes, you can save the leftover flavored whipped cream for 3-5 days in the fridge. So don’t throw away any leftovers from icing your cake or cupcakes – save it and use it on top of hot chocolate or pancakes instead! I like to prep any leftovers in an icing bag so I can just easily pipe it out whenever i need it.

Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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What will you top with candy cane whipped cream this holiday season? Let me know in the comments below!

Now I am off to enjoy the last off my latest batch on top of a steaming hot chocolate! Yumm!

Emmeline



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