Stabilized Mascarpone Whipped Cream Recipe

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This Stabilized Mascarpone Whipped Cream is my favorite homemade whipped cream recipe! It’s perfect for frosting cakes and cupcakes, topping pies, eating with fruit – or even just by the spoonful! I even have a chocolate version for you!

Looking for more whipped cream recipes? Try these recipes for classic Homemade Whipped Cream, Chocolate Whipped Cream and Strawberry Whipped Cream 

Stabilized Mascarpone Whipped Cream! Perfect for frosting cakes, topping cupcakes or even serving with fruit!Stabilized Mascarpone Whipped Cream! Perfect for frosting cakes, topping cupcakes or even serving with fruit!

Homemade Mascarpone Whipped Cream

There’s no doubt that homemade whipped cream is the jam and way better than anything you buy at the store. Not to mention that you can stabilize it so that doesn’t wilt and can be used on any number of desserts.

Well if homemade whipped cream is awesome, this mascarpone version is even better! There’s just something about mascarpone cheese that has such a wonderful, light flavor and it pretty much pairs well with everything – especially fruit. This whipped cream takes just a few ingredients and a few minutes and you’re well on your way to the best topping ever!

How to Make Homemade Mascarpone Whipped Cream

You’re going to need heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and, of course, your mascarpone cheese. I usually add powdered sugar to my regular whipped cream to help stabilize it and it also helps stabilize this whipped cream. That said, the mascarpone itself also stabilizes the whipped cream so if you wanted to, you could totally leave out the powdered sugar and you’d still have a perfectly stabile whipped cream. I definitely recommend the powdered sugar, at least in some part, to sweeten the cream. Delish!

In my regular mascarpone whipped cream, I use vanilla extract, but you could definitely add other flavorings as well. I’ve used almond extract before too and it was amazing!

And the mascarpone cheese is obviously what makes this whipped cream what it is, but if for some reason you don’t have any on hand you can always substitute cream cheese. It also will stabilize the whipped cream, you’ll just have a little bit different flavor.

Stabilized Mascarpone Whipped Cream! Perfect for frosting cakes, topping cupcakes or even serving with fruit!Stabilized Mascarpone Whipped Cream! Perfect for frosting cakes, topping cupcakes or even serving with fruit!

How to Stabilize Mascarpone Whipped Cream

When making the mascarpone whipped cream, I start by making just the whipped cream portion. Add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl and whip on high speed until soft peaks form. Then you’ll add the mascarpone cheese and whip until it reaches stiff peaks.

  • You’ll want to be sure that the mascarpone cheese is softened so that it incorporates well, but you don’t want it to be too warm. Room temperature can even be too warm if you keep your home warm or it’s summer. I usually take it out of the fridge about 15 minutes before using it so that it softens a bit, but still has a chill to it. Mascarpone is a bit fussy in that it doesn’t hold well when warmed or it’s over beaten. And when that happens, no amount of refrigerating it will thicken it again, so keep it slightly chilled and don’t over beat it.
  • I personally love the BelGioioso brand mascarpone cheese and find it to be super smooth and creamy, but other brands should be fine as well.
  • There’s the option to make a chocolate version of this stabilized mascarpone whipped cream. Just reduce the powdered sugar and add in some cocoa powder and you’ve got your chocolate version! Also delicious and great with everything.
  • As I mentioned before, you can swap out the vanilla extract for other flavors, if you like.
  • The mascarpone cheese can be replaced with cream cheese, if you don’t have any on hand.

Stabilized Mascarpone Whipped Cream! Perfect for frosting cakes, topping cupcakes or even serving with fruit!Stabilized Mascarpone Whipped Cream! Perfect for frosting cakes, topping cupcakes or even serving with fruit!

I seriously can’t even fully describe in words just how good this stuff is. You really just need to make it for yourself and give it a try. I have no doubt you’ll love it! Eat with some fresh fruit, which is amazing this time of year, or try on one of these desserts where I’ve used it. It stays stable for days – even weeks, though I wouldn’t necessarily let it sit for that long. It works wonderfully as a whipped cream, frosting, for piping or anything else you can imagine!

Recipes to Use Mascarpone Whipped Cream With:

Berry Mascarpone Layer Cake
Mini Berries and Cream Puff Pastry “Cakes”
Lemon Mascarpone Layer Cake

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Recipe

Stabilized Mascarpone Whipped Cream

  • Author: Life Love and Sugar
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 3 cups of cream 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Stabilized Mascarpone Whipped Cream is my favorite homemade whipped cream recipe! It’s perfect for frosting cakes and cupcakes, topping pies, eating with fruit – or even just by the spoonful!


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Ingredients

STABILIZED MASCARPONE WHIPPED CREAM

  • 1 1/4 cups (300ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 3/4 cups (86g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz (226g) mascarpone cheese, softened but still chilled*

STABILIZED CHOCOLATE MASCARPONE WHIPPED CREAM

  • 1 1/4 cups (300ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1/2 cup (58g) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup (29g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz (226g) mascarpone cheese, softened but still chilled*

Instructions

1. Add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl and whip on high speed until soft peaks form. If making the chocolate version, also add the cocoa.
2. Add the mascarpone cheese to the whipped cream and whip until stiff peaks form. It will happen fairly quickly.

The mascarpone whipped cream will stay stable in the fridge for several days, even for a week, though it won’t remain as fresh. If you are going to use it to frosting something, I would suggest using it right away so that it maintains its texture well. Once it’s piped or spread, etc, it’ll stay put and nice and fluffy.

*I prefer to use the mascarpone cheese when still chilled, but soft, so that it’ll in corporate well, without chunks. The warmer mascarpone cheese is, the more likely it is to soften to the point that it won’t firm up well again and can make too soft of a frosting. I like to take it out of the fridge about 15 minutes before using so that it softens a bit, but is still cool.


Notes

You can leave out the powdered sugar (or reduce it) and still have stable whipped cream, since the mascarpone also helps to stabilize the whipped cream. The flavor is fairly different though (not sweet) without the sugar.

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Enjoy!

Stabilized Mascarpone Whipped Cream! Perfect for frosting cakes, topping cupcakes or even serving with fruit!

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98 Comments
  1. Nancy

    Have used the strawberry for a rolled cake filling. It was perfect. Using it again today for filling for individual cake stacks with a chocolate ganache glaze. Same cake. It is absolutely a great recipe! Thank you so much.

  2. Neha

    Hi , I love the sound of this recipe and would love to try it out this week for my sons bday cake . I’m wondering if I can add colour to it and Frost the external of a layer cake .. I plan to use ganache in between but wanted to use this frosting on the outer layer . Would that work ? Also .. would I be able to stick fondant decorations to It?
    Thanks a ton ! Love your recipes

    1. Lindsay

      It should be fine to color it, but you wanna be careful not to over mix it while adding the color. Fondant decorations should stick, I’m just not sure if the whipped cream is firm enough to hold them for very long if they’re heavier fondant decorations.

  3. Cali Belle

    Is it okay to add a little orange peel and juice as flavoring to the mascarpone whipped cream? Will the flavor by okay?

  4. MuMoo

    Hi Lindsay, love the recipe and have made it multiple times. Do you have any suggestion if I want to make this in a strawberry version? Shouks I use strawberry resuction or powder and how much would you suggest?

  5. Cheryl

    I have made both. Easy and super delicious. Next time I make the chocolate I will still use 3/4 cup powdered sugar though.

  6. Marisa

    Hi Lindsay!
    So I made your frosting recipe, “STABILIZED MASCARPONE WHIPPED CREAM RECIPE”! It was for my Birthday cake,🎂 but I’m pretty sugar conscious. So I like the fact the your recipe only called for the 1/2 cup of powdered sugar!👍 I love subtlety sweet frosting, & GOOD quality, frosting in general!
    *(I’m guilty of taking Graham crackers & slathering GOOD frosting on. “Slather & repeat”!😋😛 lol!😂 Haha!🤷‍♀️)
    ANYWAYS… I replaced the sugar in your recipe and used Truvia brand confectioners sugar instead! (I’ve also tried this recipe with Sweet ‘n’ Low sweetener, the kind intended for baking). Both versions came out delish & smooth!! Oh & LOW SUGAR too! (I also added 1 more teaspoon of Vanilla extract, for more flavor!) Very good!👍 Thank you for your recipe!😊🍰🧁

  7. Tania

    I have’t tried your recipe yet but every time I made mascarpone frosting it curdled as soon as it came in contact with cold whipped cream. I usually whip them separately then mix them with spatula. Later I found in internet it happens if the ingredients have different temperatures but couldn’t find any solution to it. Hope this recipe fixes my problem. 

  8. Elina

    Lindsay, i am e joying yourblog so much, lots of wonderful recipes, thank you! This one, however, I must be doing something wrong. Whenever I mix HC with mascarpone it just turns grainy amd watery. Any idea where my fault is???

  9. Teresa

    I made this filling for a two layer white cake and topped each layer with fresh fruit.  It was such a huge hit, I had to make 2 more the next week for other events!  Wonderful. Thank you.

    1. Lindsay

      I’m honestly not sure. That might a little warm for whipped cream and cause it to wilt. I’d go with cocoa powder.

  10. Diane Perris

    Oh. My. God.
    I will never make whipped cream again without adding mascarpone. Absolutely luscious.
    I made a walnut tart from America’s Test Kitchen, adding lots of fresh citrus zest to the pastry along with King Arthur’s Fiori de Sicilia (because I add that to just about everything). Decided to top the tart with this mascarpone whipped cream, again flavored with Fiori de Sicilia and orange zest. Divided it up and shared with my neighbors who raved about the topping as well as the tart.
    Had just enough whipped mascarpone left to put in a container for coffee in the morning. I could eat the entire 3 cups with a spoon in one sitting. Can’t wait to experiment with adding more flavors– a bit of cardamom/rose water, cinnamon sugar, lime zest, even a bit of fresh fruit jam. The possibilities are endless. Thank you for this recipe!!!

  11. Sobia

    Hi, 
    I’m going to use your recipe for a pistachio cake. How do you think it will hold up if I add some pistachio cream to the mix? 

    1. Lindsay

      I’ve never used pistachio cream, so it’s hard to say. But I’d be careful about adding too much and deflating the whipped cream.

  12. Michelle

    hello!
    How long would the mascarpone whipped cream stay fresh in the fridge? I’m planning to make it on Thursday for a party on Sunday

    1. Lindsay

      The whipped cream should be fine for 4-5 days, but once you whip it, you’ll want to use it to frost whatever you’re using it for. It’ll keep it’s shape perfectly. But if you let it sit and then try to stir it back up, it will deflate a bit.

    1. Lindsay

      You can use heavy cream or heavy whipping cream. You want to make sure there’s enough fat in the cream you use so that it whips well.

  13. Elva

    Hi Lindsay,

    Thank you for the recipe.  Im going to make this frosting for my golden chiffon cake tomorrow. I have one question lingering in my mind though. Should I not sub a portion of the icing sugar with regular sugar for the whipped cream? Would the whipping cream reach stiff peak without the regular sugar?  Thank you.

    1. Lindsay

      No, I’d recommend the powdered sugar. It’s more of a stabilizer than regular sugar. Regular sugar has no effect on it whipping properly. In fact, you could whip it properly without any sugar at all, but it’s more stable with it. The mascarpone cheese also helps stabilize this whipped cream.

  14. Michelan

    Love this recipe! I’ve strugged to make a cream cheese icing that wasn’t lumpy. This is soooo much better. Thank you!

  15. Lierin Cox

    Hello! I was unable to frost my cake and this frosting had to sit overnight…now it’s more soft and not able to pipe. Can I fix this or will I need to start from scratch? TIA!

  16. Mary

    Hi
    I am making a red velvet cake and i would like to know if this frosting can be used to fill the layers or it will lose shape and the layers will become slippery.

    Thanks so much in advance ive been looking for an alternative to cream cheese frosting as it is very sweet and grainy.

  17. Susan Moeller

    Lindsay, 

    I’m making one of the number cakes that are very popular right now.  It is two layers of cake separated with a layer of cream and then cream and decorations on top. It’s huge to feed 60 people (number 90) . My question is two-fold. It is a centerpiece for the event.  I would like to pipe and freeze flowers to be put on the top- it that possible with this icing? And in a large airy room, could it be out of the fridge for 3hours? 

    1. Lindsay

      For the flowers, I can’t say that I’ve piped anything very intricate with this whipped cream. I’ve mainly piped swirls and used it as a topping on things. It’s not going to be quite as stiff as buttercream. It would probably be fine for a little rosettes and things, but if you’re thinking about roses and things like that it may not really hold up as well to that shape. Hard to know without trying it. As for sitting out for three hours, I would think it should be fine. It definitely won’t wilt. If it were me and I wasn’t sure, I might make some ahead of time and pipe it onto some parchment paper and let it sit on the counter for a while and see if I’m still happy with it.

  18. Sarah

    I made this as the topping for a lemon bar recipe for a dessert competition at work and the lemon bars won first place. The smooth and rich mascarpone balanced out the zesty lemon bars and gave such a wonderful contrast. A great recipe. Thanks!

      1. Lindsay

        Gosh, that really depends on how much frosting you are planning on adding to each cupcake. If it’s a smaller amount, you might be able to get by with one and a half recipes worth. If you tend to use a larger amount like I do, you may want to double it or so.

  19. Crystal

    Loved it. It turned out great for the Fourth of July, topping off berries. 
    How many carbs?

  20. MaryAnn Palmer

    I desperately need to know how much of the mascarpone whipped vanilla icing to make to pipe 100 mini cupcakes and how much of it to make chocolate whipped mascarpone icing to pipe another 100 mini cupcakes. Please help! 

    1. Lindsay

      I’m really sorry, but I’ve never made that amount of mini cupcakes so I’m not sure how much you will need.

    1. Lindsay

      This whipped cream would freeze OK, but once you stir it after freezing, it will deflate. I’d suggest making it fresh.

  21. Ann

    I’m going to try your recipe to fill some fresh strawberries but was wondering how long it can be kept out after filling them

    And can I make the cream and keep in the fridge to fill just before serving 

  22. Monzi

    You are my saviour. I was trying to make the frosting for tiramisu, but without even adding any ingredients, my mascarpone would curdle, i looked for answers online but did not really help, until I came across your recipe.
    Thank you so much!

  23. Deepeka

    Hi Lindsay! This recipe looks great, and I really want to try it for my mum’s upcoming birthday cake.

    However, I was wondering is the mascarpone cheese used is the one that comes in spreadable form?
    (As I saw one other US recipe for Cream Cheese Whipped Cream, and that recipe required cream cheese that comes in a brick, as it said the soft cream cheese would make the overall mixture too runny, however it is very difficult to buy cream cheese in a brick in the UK. Then I came across your recipe, but I was just wondering if the cheese you use is the normal spreadable one, or is it some kind of more solid form?)

    Thank you!

    1. Lindsay

      I’ve honestly never seem multiple forms of mascarpone cheese, so I’m not entirely sure. This is the one I use, so perhaps you’re able to tell. My impression is that there’s only one version of the cheese and that it’s naturally a softer, more spreadable cheese.

  24. SR

    As i have a large cake to cover, could i use this recipe with use 852 ml of heavy whipped cream instead of 300 grams and stick to 226 grams mascarpone cheese. Also can you tell me if 58g of icing sugar and 29g cocoa powder would be enough or if i would need more if i triple the amount of heavy whipped cream. Many thanks

    1. Lindsay

      You could use more cream and keep the mascarpone the same, but you would lose some of the flavor. As for icing sugar and cocoa, I personally would add more – I like a 2:1 ratio to be sure it stays stable – but you could try it.

  25. Tia

    How long can both the cream cheese & double cream and mascarpone cheese & double cream cake fillings sit out at room temp within a cake? 

    1. Lindsay

      That depends on the temperature of the room they are sitting it. If it’s warm, it may not last as long. If it’s roughly 70 degrees, a couple hours should be fine.

  26. Blanche P. Smith

    Hey Lindsay, It’s such a great recipe you had shared. Sometimes i thought why i couldn’t be so creative like you while cooking. 😀 I had become bored by eating the same things. This whipped cream is looking perfect. Thanks for sharing this.your’s tips will help me to make that correctly. Keep posting this type of recipes. 🙂

  27. MaryAnn

    Lindsay would this recipe hold if after making I stored in a piping bag to use the next day? I need to feed 50 servings of cheesecake and was going to use this as a topping and pipe right before serving. Thoughts?

    1. Lindsay

      I personally wouldn’t store it in the piping bag. It would be best to give it a stir before adding it to the bag and piping it.

  28. Peech

    I did everything thing perfectly BUT NO WHIPPED SPIKES! I also timed myself as I whipped so no to over mix….. problem it’s much to soft and wet. Please help… thanks

    1. Lindsay

      It can be really hard to diagnose a problem from afar without seeing what you did. Did you use a stand mixer or by hand?

  29. Mike Govette

    Hi, I have never made mascarpone whipped cream before and other internet recipes say to whip the cheese first with he sugar. Being somewhat stiff, is the cheese going to go into the whipped cream easily? Obviously, the pictures look great, so it must work well. Just wondering why others choose to whip the cheese first, and if it made a difference. I assumed it was because the cheese was firmer than cream. Thoughts?

    1. Lindsay

      Yes, your assumptions seem right. I’ve never had an issue with the cheese not smoothing out, but you could certainly beat the cheese first. I’d just watch it. Mascarpone cheese is a little finicky in my experience. If you over-beat it, it can soften too much and not hold it’s shape.

  30. Julie

    Hi Lindsay, I was wondering if you had any chocolate cake recipes that used stabalized chocolate whipped cream? I’ve made some of your other recipes using the stabalized whipped cream and I loved them, so much better than American buttercream. My son will be turning 5 next month and requested chocolate cake with chocolate frosting so I immediately turned to your site but wasn’t finding any with that type of frosting. Thanks!

  31. Anita Hancock

    Your site would be better if when you print the recipe you just get the recipe not all of the other things printed on the pages I like your site but just wish I could just print the recipe I want thank you

    1. Lindsay

      I guess my site just got better then! There’s already a print button that does just that – it’s right within the pink recipe card. Click on that and you get just the recipe. Thanks!

      1. Terri

        Overall very good but I’m wondering if the larger amount of sugar should go with the chocolate recipe? I found the vanilla recipe way too sweet. Next time I will add only a 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.   Then I think it will be a keeper!! 

  32. Karen

    I don’t personally know you, but I feel as though we are soul sisters! Your recipes are all To Die For, and the way that you write about them sends me to the kitchen as soon as I finish reading 🙂 In making the mascarpone whipped cream frosting, I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong and why my frosting would break– until you mentioned not letting the mascarpone get too ‘warm’! Thank you, thank you, thank you for being so amazing, and one million blessings to your precious boys!!

    1. Lindsay

      Thanks so much Karen! I’m so glad to hear you enjoy the site and recipes and that this post helped you figure out a problem that was plaguing you!

  33. AnnM

    Lyndsay: I’ ve been looking for a filling for my lady locks (clothes pin) cookies that does not separate. Do you think this would be a good option?

    1. Lindsay

      I had to google those cookies – I’ve never heard of them, but they sound tasty! This filling should be fine, you’ll just want to keep it refrigerated.

    1. Lindsay

      Definitely taste is the biggest thing. Consistency and also texture are different too. Mascarpone cheese is softer and has a less creamy texture to it.

  34. Vanessa

    I have been using the recipe from your Berry Mascarpone Layer Cake since you posted it. Before that I used a cream cheese whipped cream I found a couple of years ago, but I love the Mascarpone way more. This is my absolute favorite. I use it for my Oreo cake and add pulverized oreos to it too. Thank you!

  35. Aureline Hedgepeth

    Mascarpone cheese is not readily available in my country, the Philippines. I’ve been wanting to make Tiramisu and other recipes that require use of this ingredient. Your Stabilized Mascarpone Whipped Cream recipe suggest use of cream cheese if mascarpone is not available. What is the ratio of cream cheese to mascarpone. Ex. If recipe calls for 1 8-oz. mascarpone, can I use 1 8-oz. cream cheese? Would appreciate your reply. 

    Bdw, I’m a collector of your recipes and I’ve tried your recipes like The Outrageous Chocolate Creamcheese cake, and your Baileys Poke cake. They are a hit with my family and friends. 

    1. Lindsay

      Yes, it’s just a 1:1 swap so 8 oz of mascarpone would be 8 oz of cream cheese. The flavor is definitely a little different, but it works well. I’m so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed the other recipes! Thanks Aureline!

    2. Erin

      You can make mascarprone cheese very easily. 1 quart heavy cteam 1/4. Teaspoon of tartaric acid. Heat cream in double boiler to 180 degrees take off stove let cool some and add tartaric acid. Let the cheese sit for 12 hours before serving. If you dont have tartaric acid you can use lemon juice. Just look it up on internet you will find many recipes.

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