Save on Pinterest

Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting

While not as sweet as buttercream, this frosting made with whipping cream is smooth, creamy and a pleasure to pipe onto cupcakes.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 5 teaspoons cold water
  • 1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 5 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red and yellow food coloring


  • Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes. Cool on wire racks.
  • In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over water; let stand for 1 minute to soften. Heat over low heat, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat; cool just to room temperature.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream and gelatin mixture until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until soft peaks form. Set aside 1 cup for decorating.
  • Spread remaining frosting over tops of cupcakes. Divide reserved frosting in half; tint one portion pink and the other yellow.
  • Use a toothpick to outline shape of heart, flower or sunburst on tops of cupcakes. Use medium star tip to pipe pink or yellow stars along outline. Fill in shape with piped stars as desired.

Recommended Video


Click stars to rate
Average Rating:
  • jaymadavis
    Jun 30, 2014

    The gelatin gummed up and did not mix with the heavy cream....had to strain and remove the gelatin. Very disappointed!

  • havetomakedinner
    Jan 6, 2014

    Gelatin formed shooter marble size balls which were flung out of the bowl by the mixer. Bummer.

  • JudyKatt
    May 4, 2013

    This recipe worked perfectly for me! Thanks for posting!

  • debnbrian
    Feb 3, 2013

    No comment left

  • Jen050283
    Oct 18, 2012

    No comment left

  • RecipeEditors
    May 24, 2012

    We took this recipe back into the Test Kitchen to address any issues. The directions will be updated soon to help provide the best results. This is a nice frosting with the flavor and consistency of whipped cream with the addition of gelatin to give the frosting added stability. For best results, be sure the whipping cream is well chilled and also place your beaters and mixing bowl in the refrigerator for about half an hour before starting the recipe.

  • srmeyerhofer
    Apr 7, 2012

    I tried this receipe with no success. The icing was thin while the geletin clumped up.

  • mom23kids
    Jul 24, 2010

    I tried this 2 times, and both times if failed miserably... would love to know how to make a firmer whipping cream frosting, but one that works.