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This easy cereal milk whipped cream recipe recreates the nostalgic flavor of leftover cereal milk in a fluffy whipped topping! Use this homemade whipped frosting to dress up everything from pies and pancakes to cakes and cupcakes.

Homemade Cereal Milk Whipped Cream

Today, we’re putting a fun spin on homemade whipped cream! This cereal milk whipped cream is so easy to make with heavy cream steeped with two popular breakfast cereals, Fruity Pebbles and Lucky Charms.

Choose your cereal, and after infusing the flavors for hours, the whipped cream comes together in minutes. Fold some crushed cereal into the finished whipped topping, and you have a one-two punch of color AND flavor!

Why You’ll Love This Cereal Milk Whipped Cream Recipe

  • Full of flavor. If you’re one to slurp up every last drop of cereal milk from the bowl, this frosting is for you! It doesn’t get better than heavy cream steeped with your favorite breakfast cereal and whipped into a pillowy topping.
  • Easy to make. This is a sweet, creamy whipped cream recipe with very little hands-on time. The “cereal milk” practically makes itself! Turning it into whipped cream is quick and easy. 
  • Versatile. Use fluffy cereal-infused whipped cream as a topping for everything from pancakes to ice cream. It’s also a great, lighter alternative to traditional frosting for cakes and cupcakes (you might even remember a variation of this cereal milk whipped cream as the topping for my Fruity Pebble poke cake!)
Overhead view of dry Fruity Pebbles cereal in a bowl.

Ingredient Notes

I include not one, but TWO variations of this easy cereal milk whipped cream recipe. Below are my notes on what you’ll need for both. Scroll down to the recipe card for a printable ingredients list.

  • Heavy Whipping Cream – Be sure to use full-fat heavy cream for the fluffiest, creamiest homemade whipped cream. You can use whole milk, but the consistency won’t be quite as rich.
  • Cereal – For this recipe, I infuse one batch with Fruity Pebbles, and a second with Lucky Charms. You can make this recipe with just about any kind of cereal you prefer. Keep an eye out for suggestions below!
  • Powdered Sugar – Also called confectioner’s sugar. Powdered sugar is a must for silky-smooth frostings and whipped toppings.

What Flavor Is Cereal Milk?

If you’ve ever sat down with a bowl of breakfast cereal, the flavor of leftover cereal milk is just as you remember it: milky, sweet, subtly flavored by whichever cereal happens to be in the bowl. This could be chocolatey, fruity, malty, etc. If you ask anyone in our house, it’s the best part!

The concept of cereal milk frosting was introduced by baker Christina Tosi from the famous Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City. Her original version is made from sweet milk infused with Corn Flakes cereal and brown sugar. 

My homemade cereal milk whipped cream puts a fruity twist on classic whipped cream, with Fruity Pebbles and Lucky Charms.

A stand mixer attachment topped with cereal milk whipped cream standing upright on a countertop, surrounded by Lucky Charms cereal.

How to Make Cereal Milk Whipped Cream 

For best results, this cereal milk whipped cream is a two-day process, and completely worth it! One spoonful of this creamy, flavorful topping, and you’ll be hooked. Below is a step-by-step overview. Scroll down to the recipe card for printable instructions.

Infuse the Heavy Cream

Before making your whipped cream, you’ll need to make your “cereal milk”! This means steeping heavy cream with your choice of cereal. This is best done overnight. Here’s how to prepare the heavy cream for cereal milk whipped cream:

  • Combine the ingredients. Add your heavy cream and 1 cup of cereal to an airtight container. Stir, and place it into the fridge.
  • Chill. Refrigerate the cream for at least 8 hours. Stir a couple more times to really get the flavors mingling.
Overhead view of cereal steeping in a bowl of heavy whipping cream.
Combine cereal with heavy cream and steep overnight.

Make the Whipped Cream

The following day, you’re ready to make your whipped cream! Follow these easy steps:

  • Strain the heavy cream. Strain the steeped heavy cream through a mesh sieve into a large bowl. I like to use a spatula to press as much liquid through as possible. You should end up with about 1 cup of infused cream.
  • Beat the heavy cream. Add the strained heavy cream to a cold mixing bowl. Use a hand or stand mixer to beat the whipping cream into soft peaks.
  • Add powdered sugar. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue to beat the whipped cream until stiff peaks form.
  • Add cereal crumbs. For a final touch, crush up the leftover cereal and mix it into the whipped cream.

Recipe Tips

While testing this recipe, I picked up the following tips that you might find helpful:

  • Plan ahead. If you’re making this recipe as written, be sure to plan ahead of time so that the cereal has time to steep in the heavy cream. 8-12 hours in the fridge yields the best flavor.
  • Strain as much as possible. When straining the heavy cream, use a spatula or the back of a measuring cup to squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the leftover cereal. You may need to scrape down the mesh sieve a couple of times in the process. You could also try using cheesecloth if you have the available. The cereal absorbs quite a bit of liquid. 
  • Speed things up. Looking for a quicker way to make cereal milk whipped cream? Simply grind up the Fruity Pebbles into a fine crumb and add to the whipped cream together with the powdered sugar. Use a blender or food processor, or you can add the cereal to a zip-top bag and crush it with a rolling pin. Either way, make sure that you’re left with a fine powder.

A piped swirl of cereal milk whipped cream in a glass bowl on a countertop, surrounded by Lucky Charms cereal.

Variation Ideas

You can change up the cereal you use to make your whipped cream. Note that the amount of cereal you need will vary slightly depending on the type of cereal you’re using. Below are some easy variations that you can try:

  • Cocoa Pebbles. Combine 1 ¼ cups of Cocoa Pebbles or Cocoa Krispies cereal with 2 cups of heavy cream. Consider adding 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to replace some of the powdered sugar when making the whipped cream.
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Golden Grahams. Combine 1 ½ cups of cereal with 2 cups of heavy whipping cream. Consider adding ½ teaspoon cinnamon to the whipped cream along with the powdered sugar.
  • Froot Loops. Use 1 ¼ cups of Froot Loops and 2 cups of heavy cream. 
  • Frosted Flakes. Use 1 ½ cups of cereal with 2 cups of heavy cream. 
A stand mixer attachment topped with cereal milk whipped cream standing upright on a countertop, surrounded by Fruity Pebbles cereal.

Ways to Use Cereal Milk Whipped Cream

This recipe makes approximately 1 ¼ – 1 ½ cups of finished cereal milk whipped cream. It’s just the right amount if you’re using it as a topping for your favorite sweet treats. Try these ideas:

Can I Use This to Frost Cakes and Cupcakes?

Yes! This whipped cream also doubles as a delicious, fluffy frosting. If you’d like to use this whipped cream to frost a whole cake or a dozen cupcakes, you’ll need to double or triple the recipe. 

As a general rule, 2 cups of heavy cream (after steeping with cereal) produces 1 cup when whipped. So, if a recipe calls for 2 cups of heavy cream to make enough frosting to frost a cake, you’ll need to combine 2 cups of cereal with 4 cups of heavy cream. You’ll also need to double the other ingredients when making the frosting.

A spoonful of piped cereal milk whipped cream on a countertop surrounded by scattered Fruity Pebbles cereal.

How to Store

  • Fresh whipped cream is a bit different from buttercream frosting. It’s best to use this whipped cream right away, as it tends to wilt over time. If you have leftovers, store them airtight in the fridge and use them within 24 hours.

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A piped swirl of cereal milk whipped cream in a glass bowl on a countertop, surrounded by Fruity Pebbles cereal.

Cereal Milk Whipped Cream

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours
  • Yield: 4-5 servings

Description

This easy cereal milk whipped cream recreates the nostalgic flavor of leftover cereal milk in a fluffy whipped frosting! Made from heavy cream infused with your favorite breakfast cereal.

Ingredients

Fruity Pebble Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups (427ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ¼ cup (45g) Fruity Pebble cereal, divided
  • ¼ cup (32g) Powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Lucky Charms Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups (427ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ½ cups (54g) Lucky Charms cereal, divided
  • ¼ cup (32g) Powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Prep the cereal milk overnight. In an airtight container, combine the heavy cream with 1 cup of cereal. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Stir a couple of times for best results.
  2. Make the whipped cream. When ready, place a fine mesh sieve over the top of a large bowl. Press the cereal using a spatula or measuring cup to extract as much liquid as possible. You should end up with around 1 cup of heavy cream. Discard leftover cereal.
  3. Place the mixing bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to chill.
  4. Pour the heavy cream into the chilled bowl and use an electric or stand mixer to beat the heavy cream on medium-high speed until soft peaks form.
  5. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue beating at high speed until stiff peaks form.
  6. Grind the remaining cereal into fine crumbs with a food processor. Beat into prepared whipped cream.

Equipment

Notes

  • Recipe Yields: Fruity Pebbles: 1 ¼ cups whipped and Lucky charms: 1 ½ cups whipped.
  • See the blog post for variation idea
  • Speed things up. Looking for a quicker way to make cereal milk whipped cream? Simply grind up the Fruity Pebbles into a fine crumb and add to the whipped cream together with the powdered sugar. Use a blender or food processor, or you can add the cereal to a zip-top bag and crush it with a rolling pin. Either way, make sure that you’re left with a fine powder.
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Nutrition Information:
1/4 cup
384
11.8g
73mg
35g
16g
0g
3g
107mg
  • Category: Frosting
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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