Make this light and airy Peppermint Whipped Creamwith real candy canes and use it to top everything throughout the holidays: cupcakes, brownies, or why not a cup of hot chocolate? Candy flavored whipped cream is one of the best kept secrets of the online baking community - and once you've tried it, it will soon become your go-to frosting.
Heat heavy cream in a sauce pan over medium heat. Do not at any point allow it to start boiling.
When there is steam coming off the cream, _add in the candy cane candies and mix. Keep the cream hot without allowing it to boil, and stir often until all the candy has melted.
When all candy has 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.
Whipping (at lest 4 hours later)
Bring out the cooled down cream and whip to desired consistency.
Making stripes (optional)
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. 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.
You can make this with almost any candy or chocolate flavor you desire, just switch the candy canes for another type of candy. A great basic version is to just use white chocolate.
Tips & tricks
Do not let the 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 a lot of smoke coming off it you know it's time to take it off the heat for a while.
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!
Crush your candy canes before adding to the cream so they melt quicker
Use gel food coloring - not the liquid kind - to avoid changing the consistency of the cream
Use two piping bags for one batch of this frosting to get really nice, bright, red lines on your candy cane frosting. Just make lines in both and add half of the frosting to each!
Store in thefridge for up to 4-5 days, you can keep it prepped in piping bags