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Heavy Cream vs. Whipping Cream

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Heavy cream… whipping cream… I get stumped every time I stand in the dairy aisle wondering which is best to use for certain recipes and what the real difference is between the two.

With the help of joyofbaking.com, I learned that heavy cream and heavy whipping cream are essentially the same thing: cream that contains 36 percent or more milk fat. Whipping cream is a bit lighter, with only 30 percent milk fat.

Heavy cream will whip better and hold it’s shape longer than whipping cream. Therefore, it is recommended more for piping, pastry fillings, and toppings. Whipping cream will still whip well, but it is likely to lose it’s loft and become liquid again more quickly.

Test Kitchen TIP: Chill your cream, bowl, and beaters before making whipped cream for a faster and better end product.