Caramel Coffee Recipe

Make Caramel Coffee at home with this sweetly simple recipe!


A warming latte base, infused with gleaming, golden caramel, swirled with cream…

Oh my, this Caramel Coffee is heaven!

Like caramel? Fan of mellow-sweet coffees from the big-chain cafes (but not their prices?)? Then you need to make this Caramel Coffee recipe! It combines two trends in one. There’s the caramel, which is working its magic on everything from banana to bacon right now, plus the coffee, which has been on trend since, well, forever.

Homemade Caramel Coffee is a doddle. We even show you how to make an easy caramel sauce for coffee. And how to turn it into Caramel Iced Coffee. Whoa, it’s all treats today!

What are you waiting for?! Roll up your sleeves, and let’s get cracking!


Homemade caramel latte in a latte glass on a white saucer with shortbread biscuit



Can I Make Caramel Coffee at Home?

Yes, you can! Even Bob the Builder says so. Making Caramel Coffee at home is easy. We start by knocking up a lush caramel sauce for coffee (nowhere near as tricky as it sounds!), before adding it to milk and heating them in a saucepan. We then combine them with coffee, add a final swirl of sauce and bask in the golden glow of coffee paradise. Trust us, it’s a good place to be.

You’ll love how adaptable this Caramel Coffee recipe is. Get cosy with hot coffee or stay chilled with a lush Caramel Iced Coffee. Not sure which is your favourite? Make both.

Don’t worry if you haven’t got a coffee machine to make espresso. Simply make coffee in your favourite coffee device and tweak it so it’s stronger than usual. You can up the strength by brewing for longer or using more ground coffee.



Homemade caramel coffee topped with cream and sauce besides small cafetiere



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Make Caramel Sauce for Coffee

Ooooh, swirly, sticky caramel sauce…

Yes, it’s sweet but it’s not like you’re eating it off the spoon. Oh wait, you are. (Us too!).

But stop spooning for a second. Combine your homemade caramel sauce with creamy frothed milk to create your best caramel latte. It’s tasty and toffee-ish sweet, drizzled generously with your own caramel sauce.

You can use shop-bought sauce or some Dulce de Leche instead, but making caramel sauce for coffee is way more satisfying. Really takes this coffee-making stuff to the next level, you know…

You’ll have some leftover sauce, which we recommend drizzling over warm blondies, using in a caramel iced coffee or, yes, spooning with a flourish into your awaiting mouth.


spooning homemade caramel sauce surrounded by sugar cubes



How long does Homemade Caramel Last?

Not long, if I’m about! You make your caramel sauce with cream, which means you need to use it up pretty sharpish. Store your homemade caramel in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to one week. You can freeze it, too. Just pop it in an airtight container and stash in the freezer for up to three months.


Dish of homemade caramel sauce for coffee with brown sugar cubes




Can I make a caramel latte in the microwave?

You can also heat your latte milk in the microwave. Simply pour the milk into a sealable jar and shake as hard as you can for about 40 seconds, or until the milk is frothy. Remove the lid, then heat the milk in the microwave until steaming. Stir in your caramel and combine with the espresso. Easy-peasy!


caramel latte in a glass with a blue straw and coffee beans




Caramel Coffee Recipe


For the Caramel Sauce

  • 125g caster or granulated sugar
  • 75ml double cream
  • 25g butter

For the Coffee


For the Caramel Sauce

  • Tip the sugar into a pan and add 2 tbsp water. Place over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and doesn’t feel grainy in the pan
  • Increase the heat and bubble for 4-5 mins until you reach a dark golden colour. Don’t stir – hold the pan by its handle and swirl it gently instead. If you’ve got a sugar thermometer, it should reach around 170°C. Take off the heat, then stir in the cream and butter. Careful – it’ll be hot!
  • Leave the sauce to cool

For the Coffee

  • Add the milk and 2 tbsp caramel to a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the milk is gently steaming and the caramel has dissolved
Latte milk in a pan besides a dish of caramel sauce


  • Whisk until frothy


Whisking milk in a pan for latte


  • Grab your espresso or strong coffee and add it to a glass
  • Pour in the hot caramel milk, spooning the froth on the top
  • Top with cream, extra sauce and a dusting of chocolate, if you like. Stir and enjoy!


Caramel coffee on a wooden board surrounded by coffee beans



Caramel Iced Coffee – How N-ice!

Sip a sweet, refreshing drink with this Caramel Iced Coffee. Perfect for hot days, chill-out days, days with 24 hours in them…

Make this Caramel Iced Coffee recipe in a way that suits you, whether that’s with hot espresso or cold brew coffee. Itching for the recipe? Here it is!



  • 2 tbsp caramel sauce
  • Large handful ice
  • 60ml double espresso or 120ml strong cold brew
  • 180ml milk or plant-based alternative (adapt the amount to suit your tastes)
  • Whipped cream and extra sauce, to serve



  • Drizzle the caramel sauce into a tall glass
  • Tip in the ice and espresso/cold brew
  • Pour in your milk of choice
  • Swirl cream on the top and add a good squiggle of caramel sauce
  • Stir, sip and smile!


Two homemade caramel coffees with cream and sauce



Caramel Coffee, achieved! Why not give Vanilla Iced Coffee a go?

Click here for the recipe!


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