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Creme vs. Cream: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Creme refers to a thick, creamy substance or dessert, often French-inspired, while Cream is the high-fat part of milk or a smooth, soft substance.
Creme vs. Cream

Key Differences

Creme typically denotes a sweet, dessert-like preparation, often found in French or European cuisine. Cream, on the other hand, is a dairy product made by separating the fat from milk, characterized by its rich texture.
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The word Creme is often used in the context of cosmetics and culinary arts to imply a luxurious or refined texture. Cream, in its culinary use, refers to the ingredient used in cooking and baking, adding richness and flavor.
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Creme is associated with products like crème brûlée or crème fraîche, emphasizing a sophisticated culinary aspect. Cream is more universally used in various dishes, ranging from soups to sauces and desserts.
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In terms of spelling and pronunciation, Creme often retains a French influence, while Cream follows a more straightforward English phonetic structure.
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While Creme is commonly used in names of certain dishes or cosmetic products, Cream has a broader application in everyday culinary practices and is a staple in many kitchens.
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Comparison Chart

Origin

Often French or European-inspired
Universal, with a more straightforward English origin
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Use in Cuisine

Associated with desserts and refined dishes
Widely used in cooking, baking, and as a topping
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Texture and Type

Implies a luxurious or refined texture
Rich and smooth, high-fat part of milk
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Common Preparations

Crème brûlée, crème fraîche
Whipped cream, ice cream
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Usage in Cosmetics

Used to describe luxurious skincare products
Refers to smooth, soft skincare products
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Creme and Cream Definitions

Creme

Creme refers to a thick, sweet dessert or filling.
The pastry was filled with a rich vanilla creme.
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Cream

The yellowish fatty component of unhomogenized milk that tends to accumulate at the surface.
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Creme

Creme in culinary terms often refers to refined, creamy dishes.
For dessert, they served a classic crème brûlée.
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Cream

Any of various substances resembling or containing cream
Hand cream.
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Creme

Creme is a term used in certain European-inspired desserts or sauces.
The recipe called for a dollop of crème fraîche.
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Cream

A pale yellow to yellowish white.
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Creme

Creme denotes a creamy consistency in various culinary and cosmetic contexts.
The chocolate creme in the cake was deliciously smooth.
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Cream

The choicest part
The cream of the crop.
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Creme

Creme is used in cosmetics to describe a smooth, luxurious product.
Her skincare routine includes a hydrating creme.
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Cream

To form cream.
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Creme

Alternative spelling of crème
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Cream

To form foam or froth at the top.
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Creme

Alternative spelling of crème
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Cream

To have an orgasm.
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Creme

Alternative spelling of crème
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Cream

To be excited or delighted about something.
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Creme

Cream; - a term used esp. in cookery, names of liqueurs, etc.
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Cream

To remove the cream from; skim.
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Cream

To take or remove (the best part)
Creamed off the highest-paying jobs for her cronies.
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Cream

To take the best part from
Creamed the whole department to form his management team.
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Cream

To beat into a creamy consistency.
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Cream

To prepare or cook in or with a cream sauce.
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Cream

To add cream to.
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Cream

To defeat overwhelmingly
Creamed our rival on their home court.
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Cream

To damage severely; destroy
My camera got creamed when I dropped it.
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Cream

Vulgar Slang To have an orgasm in (one's pants, for example).
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Cream

The butterfat/milkfat part of milk which rises to the top; this part when separated from the remainder.
Take 100 ml of cream and 50 grams of sugar…
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Cream

The liquid separated from milk, possibly with certain other milk products added, and with at least eighteen percent of it milkfat.
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Cream

The liquid separated from milk containing at least 18 percent milkfat (48% for double cream).
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Cream

(tea and coffee) A portion of cream, such as the amount found in a creamer.
I take my coffee with two cream and three sugar.
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Cream

A yellowish white colour; the colour of cream.
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Cream

(informal) Frosting, custard, creamer, or another substance similar to the oily part of milk or to whipped cream.
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Cream

(figuratively) The best part of something.
The cream of the crop
The cream of a collection of books or pictures
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Cream

(medicine) A viscous aqueous oil/fat emulsion with a medicament added, used to apply that medicament to the skin. (compare with ointment)
You look really sunburnt; you should apply some cream.
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Cream

Semen.
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Cream

(obsolete) The chrism or consecrated oil used in anointing ceremonies.
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Cream

Cream-coloured; having a yellowish white colour.
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Cream

To puree, to blend with a liquifying process.
Cream the vegetables with the olive oil, flour, salt and water mixture.
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Cream

To turn a yellowish white colour; to give something the color of cream.
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Cream

(slang) To obliterate, to defeat decisively.
We creamed the opposing team!
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Cream

To ejaculate used of either gender.
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Cream

To ejaculate in (clothing or a bodily orifice).
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Cream

To rub, stir, or beat (butter) into a light creamy consistency.
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Cream

(transitive) To skim, or take off by skimming, as cream.
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Cream

To take off the best or choicest part of.
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Cream

(transitive) To furnish with, or as if with, cream.
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Cream

(intransitive) To gather or form cream.
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Cream

The rich, oily, and yellowish part of milk, which, when the milk stands unagitated, rises, and collects on the surface. It is the part of milk from which butter is obtained.
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Cream

The part of any liquor that rises, and collects on the surface.
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Cream

A delicacy of several kinds prepared for the table from cream, etc., or so as to resemble cream.
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Cream

A cosmetic; a creamlike medicinal preparation.
In vain she tries her paste and creams,To smooth her skin or hide its seams.
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Cream

The best or choicest part of a thing; the quintessence; as, the cream of a jest or story; the cream of a collection of books or pictures.
Welcome, O flower and cream of knights errant.
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Cream

To skim, or take off by skimming, as cream.
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Cream

To take off the best or choicest part of.
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Cream

To furnish with, or as with, cream.
Creaming the fragrant cups.
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Cream

To form or become covered with cream; to become thick like cream; to assume the appearance of cream; hence, to grow stiff or formal; to mantle.
There are a sort of men whose visagesDo cream and mantle like a standing pool.
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Cream

The best people or things in a group;
The cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War
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Cream

The part of milk containing the butterfat
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Cream

Toiletry consisting of any of various substances resembling cream that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin
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Cream

Make creamy by beating;
Cream the butter
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Cream

Put on cream, as on one's face or body;
She creams her face every night
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Cream

Remove from the surface;
Skim cream from the surface of milk
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Cream

Add cream to one's coffee, for example
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Cream

Cream is the fatty part of milk that rises to the top.
She skimmed the cream off the top of the fresh milk.
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Cream

Cream in cooking refers to a dairy product used in sauces and desserts.
The recipe required a cup of heavy cream.
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Cream

Cream is used in cosmetics for a smooth, soft skincare product.
His daily routine includes a moisturizing cream.
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Cream

Cream is a key ingredient in making ice cream and whipped cream.
They whipped the cream to top the hot chocolate.
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Cream

Cream denotes richness and smoothness in culinary preparations.
The soup had a creamy texture thanks to the added cream.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can Creme be used in cooking?

Yes, creme is used in certain refined dishes and sauces.
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Is Cream only a dairy product?

Primarily, but 'cream' is also used to describe certain textures in cooking and cosmetics.
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Can Cream be non-dairy?

Yes, there are non-dairy creams made from plant-based ingredients.
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What’s an example of a Creme dessert?

Crème brûlée is a classic example of a creme dessert.
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How is Cream used in baking?

Cream is used in baking to add moisture, flavor, and richness.
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Are Creme and Cream interchangeable in recipes?

Not always, as they can refer to different things depending on the context.
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What is Cream?

Cream is the high-fat part of milk, used widely in cooking and baking.
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Is Creme used in skincare?

Yes, creme is often used to describe luxurious skincare products.
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Can Creme be vegan?

Yes, there are vegan versions of creme for culinary and cosmetic use.
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What is Creme?

Creme is a term for thick, creamy substances, often in desserts or cosmetics.
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Is Creme brûlée made with Cream?

Yes, it's made with cream, but the term 'creme' emphasizes its custard-like texture.
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How is whipped Cream made?

By beating cream until it becomes light and fluffy.
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What's a common use of Cream in savory dishes?

Cream is often used in sauces and soups to add richness.
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What makes Cream a popular ingredient in cooking?

Its richness and ability to add depth and flavor to dishes.
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Is there a low-fat version of Cream?

Yes, there are light or low-fat creams available.
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Is Cream essential for making ice cream?

Traditional ice cream recipes require cream, but there are non-dairy alternatives.
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Can Creme be flavored?

Yes, creme can be flavored in various ways, especially in desserts.
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What’s the difference in texture between Creme and Cream?

Creme often implies a thicker, more refined texture, while cream is smooth and rich.
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Can Cream be used as a coffee additive?

Yes, cream is commonly added to coffee to enrich its flavor.
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Are Creme and Cream used differently in different countries?

Yes, their usage and meaning can vary by region and cuisine.
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