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Stabilized Mascarpone Whipped Cream Frosting

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This stabilized whipped cream is my all-time favorite, and it can be ready in 15 minutes! It’s light and airy – perfect to top cupcakes or ice cream, dip fruit in, or just eat by the spoonful.

Mascarpone Whipped Cream on a balloon whisk

When it comes to frosting or whipped cream, the first thing I always do is assess if my favorite mascarpone frosting would be a good fit. It’s my default, go-to recipe.

Frankly, it’s hard to imagine something that it wouldn’t go well with, but I suppose I’m slightly biased. It’s light, airy, and super easy to pipe with any kind of decorating tip.

You could also just use an icing spatula to frost a cake! But it’s not the kind of frosting that crusts, so don’t think of it as a substitute for a crusting buttercream.

Side shot of strawberry rhubarb bars topped with mascarpone whipped cream

What is mascarpone cheese used for?

You’ll find mascarpone cheese in savory meals like baked pasta dishes to add a rich and creamy element. As for sweet dishes, you probably know it best as an ingredient in tiramisu.

In the case of this whipped cream, I’m using at as a stand in for cream cheese. I like the texture and flavor better, and it works out beautifully.

Does this recipe look familiar?

This recipe should ring a bell, because you’ve probably seen it a few times:

There are even more posts where it’s been used but not mentioned by name, so if you feel like playing a game of “Where’s Waldo?”, start looking through the archives!

Overhead shot of mascarpone whipped cream on a whisk

Why I’m so in love with this mascarpone frosting

This isn’t the kind of whipped cream you get from an aerosol can. That kind of whipped cream loses its shape as it sits, and eventually gets melty and less than appetizing. But this whipped cream? It’s perfect.

It won’t lose it shape (and I’ve had it on top of cupcakes for multiple days and it never budged) and it won’t melt at room temperature. Now, if you take it to a BBQ that’s outside on a 95 degree day… I can’t make any promises. I start melting at that point, so you can’t blame the whipped cream.

It can support garnish, like fruit or sprinkles, without any trouble. Although, full disclaimer: if what you topped it with has color (like rainbow sprinkles or strawberries), it will eventually bleed into the whipped cream. So don’t top it until just before serving!

Once you’ve made it, you don’t need to re-whip it to get back the right consistency – it stays exactly the way you made it (as long as you store it in the fridge).

It can go on anything! Cupcakes, cake, ice cream, pie, brownies, hot chocolate, fruit, your face, macaroni and cheese… wait, not that last one. 

Boozy Angel Food Cupcakes with Amaretto Soaked Strawberries on a white piece of wood

How to make mascarpone whipped cream

There are a few key elements to this mascarpone whipped cream:

  • My favorite mascarpone cheese to use is the classic BelGioioso in the white and green container, and I can usually find it in any grocery store. Make sure it’s fresh out of the fridge and cold – it makes a difference!
  • The mixing bowl needs to be as cold as you can get it. Stick it in the freezer for an hour before you start prepping the recipe, it helps!
  • I make my own vanilla extract using vanilla beans and vodka, but that requires a lot of planning ahead! So if you’re tight on time, I highly recommend this Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract (aff link).
  • It’s on the pricier side, but I truly believe it’s worth it. If you need to keep things budget-friendly, Rodelle pure vanilla extract (aff link) is always a solid choice.
  • Also, you definitely want a KitchenAid for this recipe, because your arm is going to get tired if you use a hand mixer (aff link).
  • If you’re fancy schmancy and you have one of those stainless steel whipped cream dispensers, load it up! I’m not fancy, so mine just goes into a sealed plastic container… if there’s any left to store, which isn’t often. Seriously.

One time I made a half batch of this and just sat down on the couch and ate it with a large spoon, right out of the mixing bowl. Okay, fine – it was a full batch. And maybe it was more than once.

But once you make this, you will in no way judge me.

Mascarpone whipped cream on a whisk sitting on a kitchen counter

…okay, maybe you’ll still judge me a little bit.

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Mascarpone Whipped Cream Frosting

Mascarpone whipped cream on a whisk

This stabilized whipped cream is my all-time favorite, and it can be ready in 15 minutes! It’s light and airy – perfect to top cupcakes or ice cream, dip fruit in, or just eat by the spoonful.

  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: More than enough for 12 cupcakes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Whip
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese (I use Belgioioso)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Chill a large mixing bowl in the fridge (optional, but strongly encouraged).
  2. In your chilled bowl, combine mascarpone cheese and sugar on a high speed until completely combined.
  3. Add vanilla and heavy cream, and mix on a low setting until it is mostly combined. Now increase speed to high and whip until stiff peaks form – it may take a little while, so be patient!
  4. Once cupcakes have completely cooled, fit a piping bag with desired tip and go to town with frosting your cupcakes.

Notes

  • You can use either a stand mixer or a hand mixer (aff link) for this recipe, but a stand mixer will save your arm from getting sore!
  • Don’t over-whip the mixture because you’ll end up with a weird butter! Mix on high speed just until stiff peaks form.

Keywords: whipped cream, whipped cream frosting, easy whipped cream, easy frosting, stabilized whipped cream, mascarpone whipped cream

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Samantha

Wednesday 5th of May 2021

Omg, this is the best whipped cream recipe I've come across. It stands on it's own as a dessert!

Leslie Kiszka

Thursday 6th of May 2021

I'm so glad you love it as much as I do! So often I eat it straight out of the bowl :)

Sandra

Wednesday 31st of March 2021

This was exactly what I needed! I made a 3 layer black forest cake for a friends party and did not want it to fall apart by using regular whipped cream. This was perfect and delicious. It was so hard to find mascarpone in my grocery store but my husband was smart enough to check by the fancy cheese section.

Leslie Kiszka

Thursday 1st of April 2021

It can be sneaky to find at the store, but I'm glad you did and that it worked out!

Susan

Monday 29th of March 2021

Can you make this as a filing for a 15 by 10" jelly roll cake. Will it be enough?

Leslie Kiszka

Tuesday 30th of March 2021

I wouldn't use it as a filling for a cake roll, simply because it's such a light whipped cream texture and you want something with a little more density for a cake roll filling.

Anne Sharkey

Thursday 18th of March 2021

This had to be the best whipped cream I’ve ever made. Used it to top the Bailey’s pie and perfection! The other bowl of it that didn’t go on the pie was devoured by the spoonful.

Leslie Kiszka

Sunday 21st of March 2021

Eeeee, so glad you liked it!

Kim

Monday 8th of March 2021

How do you think this would be with a coconut cake?

Leslie Kiszka

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

I can confirm it would be AWESOME with coconut cake! I've done that before, and then topped it all off with lightly toasted coconut. Pure heaven!

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