20 Desserts for Whipped Cream Fanatics

Because is it really dessert if it’s not topped with the white fluffy stuff?

This wouldn't be the first time we've sung the praises of heavy cream and its many superpowers when it comes to transforming dishes savory and sweet. But without a doubt, its ability to aerate into a fluffy, rich cloud and make our favorite desserts more beautiful and more delicious is cream's greatest talent. No pre-whipped version can hold a candle to the results of whipping it yourself by hand or a machine, or even in a jar flavoring them. And if you make it from scratch, you have a chance to infuse whipped cream with flavorings, or even booze. These 20 delicious ideas use whipped cream to take a dessert over the top.

Lemon Chiffon Pie

Lemon Chiffon Pie
Chiffon pie involves a sweet-tart lemon mousse topped with whipped cream. Get the recipe for Lemon Chiffon Pie »Grant Cornett

Chocolate Ginger Chess Pie

Chocolate Ginger Chess Pie
A decadent mix of chocolates and ginger ups the ante on a classic Southern pie. Get the recipe for Chocolate Ginger Chess Pie »Andrew Ingalls

Blackberry Flummery

Blackberry Flummery
This sweet pudding-like dessert from Sickles Market in Little Silver, New Jersey, gained popularity in the United Kingdom during the 17th century. You can discard the solids after straining the berries, but we love eating them on top of it along with freshly whipped cream. Get the recipe for Blackberry Flummery »Farideh Sadeghin

Norwegian Wafer Cookies (Krumkakes)

Norwegian Wafer Cookies (Krumkakes)
These Norwegian wafer cookies, eaten across Scandinavia during the Christmas season, are light and crisp and perfumed with cardamom. They're made like waffles on a special griddle that imprints an intricate design, and then they're rolled and filled with whipped cream. Get the recipe for Norwegian Wafer Cookies (Krumkakes) »SAVEUR

Butterscotch Budino

budino
This creamy caramel-like pudding has become a Los Angeles classic. Get the recipe for Butterscotch Budino »Matt Taylor-Gross

Chestnut Pudding with Nutmeg Whipped Cream

Chestnut Pudding
This pudding takes the best part of a traditional mont blanc—the chestnuts—and dispenses with the fussy meringue, so you can enjoy chestnuts in all their toasty glory, with no distractions. Get the recipe for Chestnut Pudding with Nutmeg Whipped Cream »Matt Taylor-Gross

Brown Butter Walnut Pie with Sour Whipped Cream

Brown Butter Walnut Pie with Sour Whipped Cream
Browned butter accentuates the flavor of earthy walnuts and a sour cream topping offsets the richness of the filling for a balanced, delectable dessert. Get the recipe for Brown Butter Walnut Pie with Sour Whipped Cream »Andrew Ingalls

Classic French Banana Cream Pie

Classic French Banana Cream Pie
This nearly forgotten recipe comes to us from the beloved Ships Diner in Los Angeles that closed in 1995. The whipped cream filling doesn't require any cooking—no custard here—while some slices of banana and toasted almond add texture and flavor. A fast, easy-to-make pie from a bygone era that deserves a comeback. Get the recipe for Classic French Banana Cream Pie »Wes Frazer

Almond Cheesecake with Macerated Strawberries and Mint

Almond Cheesecake with Macerated Strawberries and Mint
Ground almonds add body and flavor to this creamy Swedish cheesecake, topped with clouds of whipped cream and ripe strawberries macerated with fresh mint. Get the recipe for Almond Cheesecake with Macerated Strawberries and Mint »Farideh Sadeghin

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake)

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake)
This classic, German, cherry-filled chocolate cake, a masterpiece of cherry brandy-soaked pastry engineering, improves the longer it sits. This recipe first appeared in the 2012 SAVEUR 100 with the story Black Forest Cake. Get the recipe for Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake) »Todd Coleman

Chocolate Pudding Pie

Chocolate Pudding Pie
My mom, Ellendean, would occasionally surprise me with this creamy chocolate pie when I came home from school, then watch as I devoured a quarter of it while watching "M*A*S*H" reruns. —Keith Pandolfi Get the recipe for Chocolate Pudding Pie »Helen Rosner

Cranberry Chiffon Pie

Cranberry Chiffon Pie
Fresh or frozen cranberries make the base for this tart custard pie. Get the recipe for Cranberry Chiffon Pie »Andrew Ingalls

Banana Split

Banana Split
There's no denying the appeal of a classic banana split—ice cream, bananas, whipped cream, plenty of flavored syrups, and maraschino cherries. Get the recipe for Banana Split »Christopher Hirsheimer

Raspberry Tart with Lemon Curd Whipped Cream

Raspberry Tart with Lemon Curd Whipped Cream
Light, flaky, and slightly tart, this dessert has a beautiful presentation. Get the recipe for Raspberry Tart with Lemon Curd Whipped Cream »Arthur Meehan

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie
An irresistible British dessert, banoffee pie has its share of fanatics on this side of the pond, too. Banana slices, sticky toffee, and whipped cream are arranged in layers over a cookie-like crust, resulting in a dense, cool treat. Get the recipe for Banoffee Pie »Maxime Iattoni

Black Forest Cherry Torte

Black Forest Cherry Torte
This German dessert got it right by combining two of our favorite ingredients—chocolate and cherries! Get the recipe for Black Forest Cherry Torte »Brooke Slezak

Calvados Hot Toddy

Calvados Hot Toddy
This variation on a toddy combines calvados, a French apple brandy, with hot cider for a drink that's autumn in a glass. Get the recipe for Calvados Hot Toddy »Laura Sant

Berry Pavlova

Berry Pavlova
This recipe for pavlova makes a summery, bright, airy dessert. Get the recipe for Berry Pavlova »Gabriella Gershenson

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee
Native Dubliner Cathal Armstrong, chef of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Virginia, recommends using Red Breast or Paddy Irish whiskey in this pick-me-up that's a classic, simple combination of coffee, whiskey, brown sugar, and soft-peaked whipped cream. Get the recipe for Irish Coffee »Todd Coleman

Blueberry Pie Milkshake

Blueberry Pie Milkshake
A scoop of vanilla ice cream and a hefty slice of pie go into the blender together, and out comes the ultimate dessert: A creamy shake with buttery crumbles of pie crust and ribbons of gorgeous fruit filling throughout. Get the recipe for Blueberry Pie Milkshake »Todd Coleman