French Chantilly Cream (Crème Chantilly)

French Chantilly cream

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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2 Cups (2 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
864 Calories
86g Fat
19g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 Cups (2 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 864
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 86g 110%
Saturated Fat 55g 274%
Cholesterol 269mg 90%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 7g
Calcium 157mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A good Chantilly cream recipe is essential to every French kitchen. This rich whipped cream infused with vanilla extract is a classic embellishment to French pastry, génoise cakes (sponge cakes), and tarts.

In essence, all it is a sweetened whipped cream with vanilla added (some recipes use liqueurs in place of vanilla—see the variations below). It's a snap to make if you know how.


  • 2 cups heavy cream (30 percent milkfat)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (high-quality)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Vanilla Chantilly cream
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  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract together on high speed until soft peaks form.

    Whipped cream
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  3. Use as your recipe directs.

    Frost cake
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  4. Chill any unused Chantilly cream.

Recipe Variations

  • If you like a flavored whipped cream, now is the time to pull out all those fancy liqueurs you received for Christmas. Some popular ones to combine with whipped cream include amaretto, cassis, brandy, Curacao, Grand Marnier, Irish cream, and rum. Let your creativity be your guide!
  • If you're a teetotaler, try one of the many Italian cordial syrups used in coffee drinks. Popular brands include Sonoma, Da Vinci, Torani, Giffard, Stasero, Fontana, and Monin.
  • A word of caution: Start slowly, perhaps 1 tablespoon of the flavored supplement of your choice at a time until you've reached the desired flavor.  

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