Whipping Evaporated Milk: Seasonal Fruit with Sweetened Lime Topping


Seasonal Fruit with Sweetened Lime Topping recipe

Did you know you can whip evaporated milk to create a slimmer version of whipped cream? Evaporated milk is a lower-fat substitute for half-and-half, light cream or heavy cream. It’s also super convenient since it’s a pantry staple, and shelf-stable.

Whipping evaporated milk is much easier than I expected! You only have to chill the milk well, then whip for several minutes with a mixer, adding any flavoring you like (I like to add Cognac and lemon) and a little bit of sugar (powdered and granulated both work fine).

Watch the video above to see how easy it is to whip evaporated milk.

Seasonal Fruit with Sweetened Lime Topping


  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 8 cups sliced seasonal fruit or berries, such as mangos and strawberries
  • Spiced chopped nuts (optional)


POUR evaporated milk into small mixer bowl; place beaters into mixture. Freeze for about 30 minutes or until ice crystals form around edge of bowl. Meanwhile, place about 1 cup fruit in each of eight dessert dishes.

BEAT evaporated milk on high speed for 1 minute or until very frothy. Gradually add sugar and lime juice; continue beating for 2 minutes or until mixture is stiff. Immediately top each serving of fruit with about ½ cup whipped topping. Sprinkle with nuts.

NOTE: For whipped evaporated milk that holds up to 30 minutes: Sprinkle 1 teaspoon gelatin over 2 tablespoons water in small, microwave-safe bowl; let stand for 2 minutes. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 40 seconds; stir. Let stand for additional 2 minutes or until dissolved. Pour 1 cup evaporated milk and dissolved gelatin into small mixer bowl; follow recipe above. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 30 minutes.


More whipped evaporated milk recipes:

Frozen Key Lime Pie recipe
Frozen Key Lime Pie
Whipping Evaporated Milk
Whipped Evaporated Milk



  1. Lisa
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh this is great! I never knew you could whip evap milk!! I always have a ton of it on hand because it’s the only addition hubby and I make to our coffee. Thanks so much for the tip and the recipe!!

  2. Snappy Gourmet
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Had no idea you could whip evap milk! Can’t wait to try!

  3. Nicole
    Posted September 15, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow amazing never knew dis is great

  4. sangita Jain
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 9:07 am | Permalink | Reply

    when i whipped evaporated milk i failed to get the consistency of whipped cream it became frothy after beating it for a minute but then it became runny when i beat it further. cld u pl help me to make it like a whipped cream.

    • Posted September 27, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Make sure you follow the recipe exactly – placing the bowl with beater (or whisk attachment) and evap milk in freezer first is critical. After beating it 1 min, it should be frothy. Then you need to add the sugar and citrus and beat further. It should be the consistency of whipped cream. But it doesn’t hold real long, so it’s best served right away. If you haven’t already, watch the video. Might be helpful. Let me know if you still have issues, ok?

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  6. hannah
    Posted July 26, 2015 at 11:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    it seems good but another recipe says the same thing but sugar and a teaspoon of vinlia extract. i also cant get the ice crystals to form.

    • Posted August 3, 2015 at 8:06 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Hannah! Hoping you got ice crystals to form. We’ve never had any issues with that. If your freezer is really full, that can impact the timing. Just freeze the bowl a little longer than the recipe states until you see ice crystals.

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