How to prepare latte caramel

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Caramel lattes are one of the most straightforward sweet coffee recipes to prepare at home. Caramel, coffee or espresso, a little sugar, and milk are all you need. If you want to know how to prepare latte caramel, read on!

What is a caramel latte?

A Caramel Latte is produced by combining espresso with caramel syrup and topping it with steamed milk. A Caramel Macchiato is produced by combining vanilla syrup and heated milk, then pouring espresso over the top, creating a black stain on the milk foam (“macchiato” means “marked” in Italian).

Latte Caramel Ingredients


True lattes are made with espresso, but most people don’t have one in their kitchen, thus this recipe calls for brewed coffee. Use whatever coffee you have on hand, brewed strongly for a stronger coffee flavour. It’s not a problem to substitute a shot of espresso for the coffee. Replace the coffee with a shot of espresso and increase the milk to 3/4 cup.

Caramel sauce

You may use almost any caramel sauce in this recipe.


Starbucks uses 2 percent milk by default in its coffee beverages, but you may substitute any milk you choose, including nondairy milks. The higher the fat content of your milk, the creamier your drink will be. If you don’t have any cream on hand, you may omit it, but I like to add a small splash for added richness.

Caramel Substitutes from the Store

If you don’t have any caramel sauce on hand, here are two homemade alternatives:

Shortcut Caramel

This recipe utilises brown sugar, so it’s not a typical caramel, but it’s incredibly quick and easy (and tasty) (and delicious).

Dulce of Leche

Do you have a can of condensed milk on hand and are willing to wait a couple of hours? To prepare a dulce de leche latte, make some dulce de leche and replace the caramel with it.

Caramel Sauce

If you’re looking for a true, classic caramel, try this recipe.

How to prepare latte caramel

Combine milk, caramel, and sugar in a small saucepan (a butter warmer works great) and boil over medium heat until milk is steaming and sugar and caramel are completely dissolved. If you have a portable milk frother, whisk it briskly until frothy. Pour 1/2 cup strong coffee into an 8-ounce mug, followed by the caramel mixture. Taste after a quick swirl. Add a bit extra sugar if it’s not sweet enough. Then, if wanted, top with whipped cream and additional caramel sauce and serve!

Key points in preparing latte caramel

Is caffeine present in a caramel latte?

Yes. A single shot of espresso in a cafe latte has 60-100mg of caffeine. This recipe contains around 48mg.

Is it possible to double this recipe?

Sure. This recipe easily doubles or triples with minimal preparatory adjustments. Hover over the serving size in the recipe card below, or click if you’re on mobile, then adjust the slider to modify the recipe yield.

Is it possible to prepare a caramel latte in the microwave?

You certainly can! Microwave the milk until it is hot, then whisk in the caramel and sugar until they are totally dissolved. Pour the coffee straight into the milk, or pour it into a separate cup, foam the milk and caramel combination with a portable milk frother, and then pour the foamed milk over the coffee.


The approximate nutritional information was derived using 2% milk and excludes optional heavy cream and any toppings. This recipe yields one cup (8 ounces) of latte. 12 or double the amount if you want to fill a bigger cup.

Big Train Blended Ice Coffee Caramel Latte

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