This luscious Vanilla Bean Chantilly Cream hails from France and makes a delicious topping for berries, cakes, mousse, and more. 

Specks of vanilla bean caviar in this Crème Chantilly add a more intense vanilla flavor and trumps ordinary Vanilla Whipped Cream. Plus, the cornstarch in the powdered sugar helps stabilize the cream.

A white bowl of mixed berries in front of a bowl of chantilly cream.

Why You Must Make

  • Chantilly cream is no more difficult to make than ordinary whipped cream, but it’s been kicked up a notch!
  • It’s super easy to make, just make sure you have some fresh vanilla beans or vanilla bean paste on hand.
  • It’s a simple way to turn a bowl of fresh berries into an elegant breakfast. 
  • You can use it on any dish you’d serve with a dollop of whipped cream!
Crème Chantilly in a white ramekin topped with 3 berries next to a red handled spoon.

Tips for Making Crème Chantilly

  • PRO-Tip: Start with a chilled bowl to whip your cream. A cold bowl will help stabilize the cream. Using cold beaters will help, too.
  • Using vanilla extract is fine, but using vanilla bean paste will provide even more vanilla flavor.
  • Do not overbeat or the cream will turn from soft and creamy to lumpy.
  • PRO-Tip: If you do go too far when beating, you can rescue the overwhipped, clumpy cream by slowly whisking in a tablespoon or two of heavy cream until the mixture becomes smooth.

Ingredient Notes

  • Heavy Cream – Must have at least 36% Butterfat.
  • Powdered (Confectioners’) Sugar – Always sift before using to prevent lumps. This will make for the smoothest chantilly cream.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean Paste – I prefer the Neilsen Massey brand for both.
Chantilly Cream Ingredients with labels on a metal sheet pan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is It Called Chantilly Cream?

It’s a traditional sweetened whipped cream from a town called Chantilly in the north of France. Chantilly Cream is the English term for Crème Chantilly.

What is in Chantilly Cream?

Chantilly Cream is made of heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla or a liqueur.

What Makes Chantilly Cream Different from Ordinary Whipped Cream?

Chantilly Cream is twice as sweet as regular whipped cream, plus it’s often made with vanilla bean caviar or vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract for an extra boost of vanilla flavor. The cornstarch in powdered sugar helps stabilize the whipped cream making it less likely to separate.

What’s the Difference Between Soft Peaks and Firm Peaks when whipping cream?

What’s the Difference Between Soft Peaks and Firm Peaks when whipping cream?

How Do You Use Chantilly Cream?

Use chantilly cream to garnish berries, puddings, cakes, pies, or sundaes. Use it on any dish you’d add a dollop of whipped cream. It also makes a nice cake filling or an elegant addition to a cup of hot coffee!

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Overhead view of a white ramekin filled with Chantilly Cream garnished with 3 fresh berries next to a red handled spoon

Vanilla Bean Chantilly Cream Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 2 cups

A sweet, French whipped cream flavored with vanilla bean paste.


  • 8 ounces cold heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)


  1. In a cold mixing bowl with cold beaters, whip the cream to soft peaks.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and mix another minute or two to firm peaks.
  3. Use immediately.


Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The cream may start to separate, so whisk before using leftovers.

May add more sugar to taste.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe. Also, many recipes on recommend toppings, which may or may not be listed as optional and nutritional information for these added toppings is not listed. Other factors may change the nutritional information such as when the salt amount is listed “to taste,” it is not calculated into the recipe as the amount will vary. Also, different online calculators can provide different results. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information obtained is accurate.


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