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How can I adjust a whipped cream recipe so that it holds together longer? I envision a cross between whipped cream and a light airy frosting. The whipped cream will also have different flavorings added.

These need to hold together at room temp for several hours.

I'm thinking by going heavy on the powdered sugar I can get a thicker consistency.

I would like to pipe this onto the top of miniature gingerbreads with a large pastry bag.

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Your best bet is probably gelatin stabilized whipped cream. This recipe from Wilton gives you an example of how to proceed. You can google many other results.

Depending on your tastes, to compliment gingerbread, you may also consider some alternate frostings which will hold up better at room temperature and taste great:

And I have to mention, in a completely different direction, a lemon glaze could be spectacular on gingerbread, although very different (sample recipe from Martha Stewart).

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More sugar should make it stiffer.

However, if you're piping it, you may wish to get closer to this wedding cake frosting which doesn't use eggs. They hold longer than some marriages.

here is also a list of different types of icing.

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Stabilizing the whipped cream should give you a great result. It's so easy to do.

Before whipping the cream, bloom the gelatin in water. After blooming, microwave it long enough to liquefy (about 10 seconds). Make the whipped cream as you normally would. Just drizzle in the gelatin as it starts to thicken. It will last for at least 24 hours. I haven't had any around long than that. :) If you need more details, here's a post on my blog with pictures. Stabilized whipped cream is definitely worth the extra step.

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Could you please edit more complete instructions in here? Answers should stand on their own, with links providing additional information. We're fine with you linking to your blog for that, but your answer's primary purpose is to answer the question, not drive traffic to your blog. – Jefromi Feb 28 at 18:51
Absolutely! Thank you. I'm new here. Glad to learn the ropes. :) – Feb 28 at 19:09
Post edited. Thanks again! – Feb 28 at 19:14
Why did you make this a community wiki? There's really no reason to do so. – Catija Feb 28 at 22:08
Almost everyone can already edit your post (users under 2K have to have edits approved). The Community Wikis explanation is a bit old but, generally, it should be reserved for answers with multiple major contributors or if you're trying to disassociate yourself with the content. – Catija Feb 29 at 1:39

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