Starbucks Caramel Brulee Latte Copycat

A strong, aromatic coffee mixed with dreamy caramel sauce (extra points if you make your own!) and creamy milk, all topped off with a generous dollop of whipped cream and even more caramel sauce because why not? This Starbucks caramel brulee latte copycat recipe tastes exactly like the real thing, but it's much cheaper, quicker and easier to make.

There's no Starbucks on the island where I live. So whenever we go somewhere where there is a Starbucks (pretty much every airport, yay!) I always order whatever weird drink they're currently promoting. But whenever I see the Starbucks caramel brulee latte on the menu, I've always got to get it.

Even if the person next to me is ordering a double chocolate chip mocha Oreo frappuccino with strawberry syrup, ice cream, sprinkles and hot fudge sauce (if I had a coffee shop, that would so be at the top of my menu) I'll always order the Starbucks caramel brulee latte because it's just so good.

Starbucks Caramel Brulee Latte Copycat Recipe | This easy recipe for a caramel brulee latte tastes JUST like the one from Starbucks but is so much cheaper to make!! You only need a few ingredients and it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. That's faster than running out to the coffee shop! One of my favorite winter drink recipes yet!

This recipe only ever seems to appear in the run up to Christmas, which is lucky for me as that's when I go back to the UK to see family and friends. In London, there's pretty much a Starbucks on every corner, so I never have to walk more than a couple of steps for my caramel caffeine fix.

But if you're like me and don't live anywhere near a Starbucks or aren't rich enough to fork out big bucks everyday on over-priced drinks (me neither!) you can use this Starbucks caramel brulee latte to make your own at home. You can follow the recipe word for word to make a drink that tastes just like the original, or tweak it to cut down the calories or omit the dairy. That's the best thing about making stuff at home - you can control every single part of it.

I'm not going to lie to you. This Starbucks caramel brulee latte isn't health food. The caramel is real full-fat full-sugar caramel. It's not healthy vegan caramel. And the whipped cream on top is real heavy cream. Not some kind of lighter yogurt-based alternative. But if you want a drink that is genuinely similar to what Starbucks offers, you've got to use the proper stuff!

On the plus side, my recipe does cut sugar and fat wherever possible and definitely makes a smaller cup than what you get from Starbucks. I mean, seriously - have you ever seen anyone order a 'venti' from there? A cup that size could wake the dead!

Looking for more Starbucks copycat recipes? Check out these skinny Starbucks cranberry bliss bars, Starbucks cranberry bliss bars-inspired overnight oats or this Starbucks copycat pumpkin spiced latte.


Starbucks Caramel Brulee Latte Copycat Recipe | This easy recipe for a caramel brulee latte tastes JUST like the one from Starbucks but is so much cheaper to make!! You only need a few ingredients and it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. That's faster than running out to the coffee shop! One of my favorite winter drink recipes yet!

Starbucks Caramel Brulee Latte Copycat

5 from 3 votes
Servings 1


  • 1 shot strong espresso or strongly-brewed coffee (around 1.6 floz / 50ml)
  • 1 cup skimmed milk (can use non-dairy)
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup (can substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • whipped cream
  • extra caramel sauce for drizzling


  • Pour the espresso/coffee into a saucepan with the milk. Place over a high heat and stir with a whisk until frothy and the milk just begins to boil.
  • Take the pan off the heat and stir in the caramel sauce and vanilla syrup/extract.
  • Pour the milky coffee into a mug and top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. 

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  1. Sarah @ Sarah's Kitchen

    Wow that looks great!

  2. Louise

    That caramel brûlée latte looks and sounds amazing. So tempted to go and get some vanilla and caramel syrup and give it a try. I generally prefer Costa too - especially this time of year, am with you on those Black Forest hot chocolates - so yummy! #magicmoments

  3. Carrie @ Time to be an Adult

    These look brilliant. I much prefer Costa over Starbucks but try not to go too often...after the sugar/caffine high there's always a crashing low!! #magicmoments

  4. Amanda

    Ohhhhh my... these look like a must try!!!

  5. Amanda@TexMexCrafting

    This looks super yummy. The Starbucks one is mighty tasty but it gets really expensive over time.

  6. Cristina @ Simply Sophisticated

    I never thought of trying Starbucks drinks at home - what a great idea. Looks amazing and easy to do.

  7. Allison

    I've been wanting to try this drink but haven't yet! It seems like I'll save some calories and grams of sugar if I make it at home! This looks simple and delicious! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 I found you through the Do Tell Tuesday link party! 🙂

  8. miranda papandreou

    One of my Starbucks favorites! I gotta try this! Thanks for linking up at Wake up Wednesday!

  9. Melissa Trombly

    This recipe was SPOT. ON. Definitely making it again.... and again..... and again!

    • Nicola Quinn

      Thank you so much, Melissa! Soooo happy you liked it!

  10. Miz Helen

    YES PLEASE! This would be a very special treat for me. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Nicola Quinn

      Thanks so much, Helen. I hope you enjoy it!

  11. Brooke

    I tryed this because i didn't want to spend the money at Starbucks. IT WAS DELICIOUS! It tasted just like the actual drink, the only difference i made was that i added a tad of white chocolate syrup.

    • Nicola

      Adding white chocolate syrup sounds delicious, Brooke!

  12. Christie

    Love that you found a way to make it at home. Even better that way because you can control the sweetness. I find I don't like my coffee drinks as sweet anymore. This is just perfect for me.

    • Nicola

      I know exactly what you mean, Christie. Sometimes a couple of pumps of syrup from a coffee shop can turn a coffee way too sweet!

  13. Lisa | Garlic + Zest

    I don't buy those kinds of drinks from Starbucks because of the enormous calorie count -- but doing it myself, I can control the portion and the ingredients! Great idea and your photos are gorgeous!

    • Nicola

      Thanks so much for your super kind words about my photos, Lisa! 🙂 And I know what you mean about the high calorie counts! Sometimes I'm thankful I don't have a Starbucks close to me!

  14. Jamie | The Kitchenarium

    I am such a caramel + espresso sucker too. I love that combo! How great I can now make it at home for a fraction of the cost.

    • Nicola

      Caramel & espresso all the way, right?!

  15. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    I live within walking distance of a Starbucks but hate shelling out the big bucks for it so I am so so glad to stumble by this recipe! Thanks so much for this more budget-friendly, homemade version of Starbucks' caramel brulee latte!!

    • Nicola

      Hope you enjoy it as much as I do, Shashi! 🙂

  16. Helene D'Souza

    You had me at caramel brulee! I can imagine sipping this at the beach too =D

    • Nicola

      Great idea, Helene!!

  17. Brittany

    What brand of caramel sauce makes it taste the same?? I am a caramel freak and can be pretty picky with my sauces haha so whatever u recommend I'd certainly try. This is my absolute favorite latte from Starbucks

    • Nicola

      I know what you mean about being picky, Brittany. I am, too! I always use homemade caramel sauce. But I know Starbucks uses Monin branded syrups. You can buy Monin Caramel Syrup online on Amazon. Here's the link:

  18. Trish

    I made this I use a French coffee press to make coffee strong enough I love your creativity I got hooked on this minus the whip cream one day I was out of Carmel I used honey oh my that is almost as awesome as your Carmel in a moment of desperation I discovered honey coffee and milk is really very good

    • Nicola

      Thanks so much, Trish! I bet it was amazing with yummy French press coffee. I'm definitely going to give your recommendation a shot and try it with honey instead of caramel!

  19. Matt

    I’m excited to try this. My husband got me a really nice espresso machine but the caramel brûlée is my kryptonite.

    And I swear if I hear “you spend more at Starbucks than at Sephora” one more time hahahaha

  20. Jess

    Nicola - AMAZING. As always! Curious. Between sorting and enjoying your awesome concoctions, I've yet to find a recipe for caramel sauce? (My homemade vanilla syrup is cost efficient. As a former barista, I picked up more than a few pointers, and the flavor is outstanding if I say so myself.😏) I'd imagine your caramel sauce would be better than anything on the market.

    • Taylor


      Can you give me your homemade vanilla syrup recipe please?

  21. Dana

    Just made this, spending $6 a few times a week at Starbucks adds up. Pretty delicious copycat recipe!

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