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How to Fix Curdled Whipped Cream

by Caryn Anderson, studioD

If your whipped cream has gone from luscious and fluffy to yellow and curdled, don't panic. Stop what you are doing to avoid ending up with butter -- if you get to that point, there's no going back. The good news is that you can very easily fix that curdled-looking, over-whipped whipped cream.

Stop whipping. This may seem like a no brainer, but you can’t fix it by whipping it more. As soon as you notice that your cream has become lumpy, turn the machine off or put the beaters down. You can't whip these lumps out; in fact, if you keep going, you’ll only end up making things worse.

Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of cold, unwhipped whipping or heavy cream to the curdled mixture.

Whisk the mixture by hand to incorporate the unwhipped cream until it forms stiff peaks. The whipped cream should now be fluffy, white and ready to use.

Items you will need
  •  Unwhipped cream
  •  Whisk


  • Store leftover whipped cream in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. If it separates during storage, you can give it a quick whisk until the cream reincorporates.

About the Author

Caryn Anderson combines extensive behind-the-scenes writing experience with her passion for all things food, fashion, garden and travel. Bitten by the travel bug at the age of 15 after a trip to Europe, Anderson fostered her love of style and fashion while living in New York City and earning her degree at New York University.

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