This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details.
Hi Bold Bakers!
WHAT YOU GET: A tasty créme fraiche whipped cream with a delightful zing — a unique way to brighten up desserts.
I’m all about balancing flavors in my desserts, and my homemade crème fraîche whipped cream is a fantastic way to add a little more depth of flavor to the plate. Instead of traditional Homemade Whipped Cream, the creme fraiche imparts a subtle tang to plain, sweetened whipped cream that I love on fresh, juicy fruit and with my Classic Strawberry Shortcake.
Another perk of whipped cream with creme fraiche is that it is a bit more stable than plain whipped cream and doesn’t use gelatin, as you would in my recipe for Stabilized Whipped Cream. It’s a bit in between — it won’t water out like plain whipped cream, but it won’t hold its shape as well as stabilized.
If you’re looking to add a secret ingredient to your whipped cream, or if you want to serve a dessert with whipped cream that doesn’t melt in the heat and humidity, this creme fraiche whipped cream is perfect!
What Is Creme Fraiche? Creme Fraiche VS Sour Cream
Crème fraîche, French for “fresh cream,” is much more common in Europe than in the US. Essentially, creme fraiche is a thick sour cream. It’s used for everything from making soups creamy and thick, to topping caviar, to being whipped up with heavy cream and powdered sugar to top on fruit!
While creme fraiche and sour cream are similar and can be used as a substitute for each other in some recipes, these two ingredients are not the same. Creme fraiche is thicker than sour cream and has a higher fat percentage. Sour cream is more liquidy and a bit tangier.
Sour cream usually has a fat percentage of 20%; creme fraiche has a fat content of around 30%.
Where Can I Find Creme Fraiche?
Small tubs of creme fraiche can be found at your grocery store in the dairy aisle — check for it by the sour cream and heavy cream. If you can’t spot it there, try checking by the deli or cheese counter.
If you can’t find creme fraiche, you can use sour cream in this recipe. You can also make sour cream at home by following my Homemade Sour Cream recipe!
Tools You Need To Make Creme Fraiche Whipped Cream
Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Creme Fraiche
- You can use sour cream in place of crème fraiche – it will be slightly tangier but no less delicious. Use my Homemade Sour Cream recipe.
- To properly whip cream, make sure that all ingredients are cold.
- This can be whipped by hand — use a large bowl, and although any whisk will work, if you have a large balloon whisk, it will be quicker and easier.
- Serve this whipped cream with summer berries or stone fruits — the flavors will go perfectly together.
- Try serving this with my classic Strawberry Shortcake.
Make More Whipped Cream
- How To Make Strawberry Whipped Cream
- How To Make Stabilized Whipped Cream
- How to Make Whipped Cream with a Mason Jar
- How to Make Frozen Whipped Cream
- How to Make Whipped Cream
Crème Fraiche Whipped Cream Recipe
- 1 cup (8 fl oz/240 ml) heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- ¼ cup (2 oz/57 g) crème fraiche
- Place the whipping cream and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or use a medium bowl and a handheld electric mixer) and begin to whip on medium-low speed.
- After a minute or two, as the mixture begins to thicken, start to increase the speed until you are whisking on medium-high.
- When the cream holds soft peaks (1 or 2 minutes more), turn the mixer to low and stir in the Crème fraiche until just combined.
- Refrigerate for up to 8 hours or until ready to use.