How To Make Sweet Cream Cold Foam? (Starbucks Copycat)

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Want to learn how to make sweet cream cold foam? Check out our Starbucks copycat recipe and enjoy this delicious addition to your cup of joe at home.

Are you a big fan of sweet cream cold foam on top of your coffee

Well, what if I can teach you how to make sweet cream cold foam at your home? 

I did some research and found the best Starbucks Vanilla sweet cream cold foam copycat recipe out there.

It takes just a few simple ingredients, and it will be ready in a minute. 

Let’s start!

What Is Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam? 

If you love Starbucks’ cold drinks, high chances are that you’re also hooked on their Vanilla sweet cream cold foam. It’s literally the best addition to an iced drink or cold brew coffee ever.

This won’t add just milk to your brew. It will add new layers to it, beautiful frothy texture and sweet vanilla tones.

Although it’s made for cold drinks, it also goes great with everything else, like an espresso shot, for example.

But what is it actually? 

Well, nothing too fancy. It’s heavy cream and 2% milk, with a dash of vanilla syrup, blended into the perfect sweet cold foam. Simple as that! 

Its texture is out of this world, though.

First, it looks like a cloud on top of your coffee.

It’s light and airy but creamy and silky at the same time. And when it blends with coffee, it adds layers of subtle sweetness and vanilla to your beverage.

One of the popular customizations of Starbucks’ famous Pink Drink is topping it with a layer of vanilla sweet cream cold foam. This strawberry acai refresher (made with coconut milk and freeze-dried strawberries) pairs surprisingly well with sweet cold foam.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam vs Cold Foam

Starbucks has so many different toppings that sometimes it’s hard to keep track what’s the difference between the two.  

Cold foam is another foamy, cold Starbucks topping to love.

Although it’s really similar to Starbucks’ sweet cream cold foam, there is a difference. And if you’re mindful of nuances in your coffee, you’ll definitely notice it. 

Starbucks cold foam is simply non-fat milk whipped at high speed, so it’s super-aerated. Since it’s made with non-fat milk only, it’s much lighter and airy than sweet cream cold foam.

 Also, it’s less silky and creamy because of less milk fat. 

Cold foam will interfere less with the taste of your brew. With no added sugar or flavored syrup, unique flavors and aromas will stay uncompromised.

How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam? 

Whenever I like something new from Starbucks, I try to make it at home. Why spend bucks on it when you can make it yourself every morning in the comfort of your kitchen? 

Even better, you can adjust the measurements in the recipe and fine-tune it to your taste!  

Making Vanilla sweet cream cold foam is really a no-brainer.

You need just three ingredients, a milk frother or blender, and a minute of your time. That’s all it takes to make this frothy delight and change your home coffee experience for good. 

And if you don’t have an electric frother, don’t worry! Later we will go through making sweet cream cold foam without it.

Now, when I have your attention, let’s get to the business!


The best thing about this recipe is that you only need 3 or 4 ingredients, and most likely, you already have some of them in your kitchen pantry.

  • 2 – 3 tbsp of heavy cream – Heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream, is the ingredient responsible for the creaminess and silkiness of the foam. It’s made of 36 – 40% of milk fat. Knowing that, don’t go over the top with it. We don’t want too thick and heavy foam. We’re aiming for a light and fluffy cloud of foam. 
  • ½ cup of milk – You can use almost any kind of milk. I recommend using 2%, skimmed, or any other milk with a lower amount of fat. Since we’re going to use heavy cream, lighter milk is a better option. We want to balance out the heavy cream and get that light foamy texture.
  • 1 tsp of vanilla flavored syrup or a few drops of vanilla extract – Just to be clear: vanilla syrup and extract are not the same things. Vanilla syrup is made from sugar and vanilla extract. The extract is the real deal. It’s made only from a raw vanilla bean soaked in alcohol. It doesn’t have any sugar added. If you’re going to use syrup, you can find it in almost any store, make it yourself, or even buy branded Starbucks vanilla syrup.
  • Sugar or any other sweetener (optional) – Depending on which one you are going to use, vanilla syrup or extract, adjust the amount of sugar. How sweet your sweet cream foam is will depend only on your taste. I always start with a smaller amount of sugar and then add more until I find the perfect level of sweetness.


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An electric milk frother is the best tool for making the perfect foam

Ideally, an electric milk frother is the best tool for making perfect foam. But, if you don’t own one, a hand mixer or blender will also do the job.


Making this cold foam delight is a piece of cake: 

  1. Cool down milk and heavy cream. If you want to make a real cold foam, milk and heavy cream need to be totally cold. 
  2. Froth it! Put all the ingredients in a milk frother or any device you’re using and froth it! Be patient. It takes some time to get the perfect texture. With a nice electric frother, it takes 15 – 30 seconds. 
  3. Serve it on top of your drink, and enjoy your sweet cream cold foam coffee!

There are tons of different flavored syrups out there. Why limit yourself to vanilla? How about cinnamon or caramel-flavored sweet cream cold foam? Or maybe cold brew with pumpkin cream cold foam? The possibilities are endless!

How To Make Sweet Cream Cold Foam Without a Frother?  

I promised I would tell you how to make Starbucks sweet cream cold foam without an electric milk frother or other electric devices. 

Well, you can do it the old-fashioned way – use a mason jar! Mason jar can serve you as a cocktail shaker. Here’s how: 

  1. Cool down the mason jar in the refrigerator before making the foam. 
  2. Add all the ingredients to the jar, and add a few ice cubes. Close the tight jar. 
  3. Shake it strong and fast for 30 seconds.
  4. Remove ice cubes with a spoon and serve cold foam. 
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Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Copycat Recipe 
Prep Time 2 minutes


  • electric milk frother, hand mixer, or blender


  • 2 – 3 tbsp of heavy cream
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla flavored syrup or a few drops of vanilla extract
  • sugar or any other sweetener (optional)


  • Cool down milk and heavy cream
  • Pour all ingredients into a frother and froth it for about 15 seconds
  • Top your cold coffee drink with it, and enjoy!


And that’s all: 

Sweet cream cold foam is a great way to elevate your cup of joe. Light and foamy texture pairs perfectly well with cold brew and iced coffee.

And if you love Vanilla sweet cream cold foam at Starbucks, it’s super easy and quick to make an excellent copycat.

Love to experiment with salty and sweet flavors? We got an out-of-this-world recipe for salted caramel cold foam to top your cup of joe.

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Tijana Veljovic
Tijana spent a few years working as a barista. Now she’s enjoying writing about everything she learned about coffee and sharing it with you. Her weapon of choice for making it through the day is a hot latte. Besides writing and coffee, she loves traveling, camping, cooking, and good music.