quick question re: whipped cream
How far in advance can I make whipped cream before I plan on serving it?
I made whipped cream in the morning for an evening party. If you do the initial beating on a lower speed it will hold longer. You will need to give it a beats with a whisk before serving.
IMO it's best done right before. You can make it ahead and re-beat it, but, as noted, that defeats the purpose. After all, it will have to be re-whipped a bit to be palatable. However, I have nopticed that when whipped and spread fairly thinly (about a half in or so) on my cooled pumpkin pies, it tends to hold pretty well for a couple of days.
If you put confectioners sugar in instead of regular, it will last a lot longer. I believe this is what pastry chefs do.