Infusing whipping cream

I tried to infuse whipping cream with elderflowers (I heated the cream to boiling along with the clusters of flowers, cooled to room temperature and then refrigerated it for several hours. When I tried to whip it, I succeeded in splattering the kitchen counter, wall, and me with tiny cream droplers, but the cream never whipped. I know I had the right cream, so that was not the problem. Any ideas what went wrong?

  • Posted by: Maedl
  • June 15, 2014


Pegeen June 16, 2014
It makes a difference if there are traces of fat/oil on your bowl or beaters. The fat that is within the cream is a whole different story. Try whipping cream with grease on your beaters and you'll see.
Christina June 16, 2014
I think it is because you heated the cream to boiling. That would have changed the cream. Perhaps just heat the cream to warm rather than boil it. It may have done something to the bonds of the fat with the water in the cream to boil it. I don't think it would matter if there was any residual oil on the beaters since cream has a high fat content so that wouldn't effect the cream chemically the same way it ruins egg whites.
Susan W. June 15, 2014
I wonder if the cream was not as chilled as you had hoped. When I infuse cream, I put the ingredient in the cream and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.
Maedl June 15, 2014
Thanks, Susan. I am thinking that maybe the cream wasn’t cold enough. I only had it in the refrigerator a few hours.
Pegeen June 15, 2014
p.s. And absolutely no trace of grease or oil on the bowl or beaters. But I suspect you knew that already!
Pegeen June 15, 2014
I usually find it's because the cream, bowl or beaters weren’t cold enough. What’s worked for me using lavender is to steep the blossoms in the cream, strain cream to discard the flower bits. Put cream in fridge until very cold. Put beaters and mixing bowl (if you’re using a different bowl to beat) in the freezer until very cold.

If you’re adding a little sugar to your whipped cream, another method is to let the elderflower or whatever flower or herb you're using sit in a jar of sugar for a few days, and then just use the scented sugar in the whipping cream.
Maedl June 15, 2014
Thanks, Pegeen. I’m thinking maybe the problem was that the cream had not chilled enough. For the trace of fat in the bowl, isn’t that a problem for whipping egg whites? Whipping cream is full of fat!
Monita June 15, 2014
Another approach might be to create an elderflower infused simple syrup. Then whip your cream until it is almost at the stage you want it and add 1-2 tablespoons of your elderflower syrup and keep whipping until it achieves the stiffness you desired.
Maedl June 15, 2014
Thanks, Monita. A friend made the infused whipped cream last week and successfully whipped it, so I know it is possible to use the flowers. I was trying not to over-sweeten the cream--I was making a rhubarb-strawberry fool and I wanted to retain the tartness, otherwise the syrup in the cream would have been a good option. As it turned out, I used some elderflower syrup to sweeten the strawberries.
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