The other day on Chopped, two of the contestants whipped cream by hand. I never do that. If I'm at home (which I never seem to be when I'm whipping cream), I use my Kitchen-Aid mixer and the whisk attachment. When I'm elsewhere, I use a hand mixer.
Tonight, I was in the mood for something sweet so I took a cupcake out of the freezer and thought I'd top it with some whipped cream. I had heavy cream left over from the Key Lime Pies I made for Labor Day so I decided to try my hand at whipping.
It took less than five minutes and wasn't as hard as I thought, but I'd definitely use an electrical appliance if I could.