|Prep time: 10 minutes||Cooking time: 10 minutes||Total time: 20 minutes|
Whipped cream is delicious in its simplicity. It is extremely versatile, working as a perfect complement for most cakes, without overpowering their flavor. It will always come out perfect if you do 3 things:
If you prepare the whipped cream recipe without the optional ingredients, you'll have a traditional whipped cream, however, it does not hold up well for piping. The addition of unflavored gelatin gives it firmness. In general, whipped cream does not hold up well under warm temperatures, so keep it chilled and don't leave the cake out of the refrigerator for long periods of time. Either variation is ideal for ice cream cake decorating. It spreads quickly and hardens up rapidly after making contact with the cold surface. If you are using a stand mixer, beat the mixture with the balloon attachment.
If piping the whipped cream, use the optional ingredients and follow these instructions:
Made with cocoa powder - Increase sugar to 2 Tbsp. and add 1/4 cocoa powder after adding sugar. Beat on low until cocoa is incorporated to prevent poofs of cocoa all over you and the kitchen.
Made with melted chocolate - This variation makes a delicious chocolate mousse filling, but tends to have small flecks of chocolate, which may clog up the cake decorating tip.