Homemade Caramel Brulee Latte Recipe: Starbucks Inspired

Okay, so creme brulee is probably my all-time favorite dessert. No kidding. I used to work as a cater-waiter when I was still in school and the lady always gave us some of the food that she served. One of the desserts that was on the menu so often is creme brulee served with ice cream and it is from there that my love for it comes. So, it comes as no surprise that I absolutely love a caramel brulee latte.

This coffee drink was only brought to my attention very recently and I am forever thankful. It is now on my list of favorite coffee drinks It is the perfect drink for caramel lovers who are into sweet drinks.

Unfortunately, it is a Starbucks special that isn’t available all year round. It is a seasonal drink restricted to the holiday season. This also means that you won’t find it in just any coffee shop. And that is where this delicious caramel brulee latte recipe comes in.

You can enjoy this homemade version of this really good latte right from the comfort of your own home. If you ask me, this is the perfect way to bring the warm feeling of the holidays into your house no matter the time of the year.

What is Creme Brulee?

Basically, creme brulee is a creamy custard served in a smallish ceramic bowl that is topped with caramelized sugar. It is of French origin and really worth a try.

So, in this delicious latte, the sauce that we put in is to mimic the taste of the custard and then we top it with caramelized sugar because that is one of the main things of the dessert.

What is the Difference Between a Caramel Brulee Latte and a Caramel Latte?

A caramel latte only has caramel sauce or caramel syrup in it. On the other hand, a caramel brulee latte has caramel brulee sauce (it is a mix between vanilla syrup and caramel syrup/sauce) in it, and brulee crumble sprinkled on top.


1 Espresso Shot

I use my espresso machine to make the coffee. Starbuck’s Pike Place roast is my favorite, but you can use whatever roast you prefer. Medium or dark roast coffee works best for espresso.

Also, you can go for a double shot of espresso if you want a stronger coffee flavor.

If, however, you do not have an espresso machine, you can use a Moka pot instant espresso. Nescafé Gold Instant Espresso is quite close to the real thing. 

I do not recommend French press coffee, because although it might be strong coffee, it is not as concentrated as espresso, so the taste will not be the same at all.

1 Tablespoon Caramel Brulee Sauce

This sauce is a mixture of caramel sauce/syrup and vanilla syrup. I mix them in equal parts.

Extra Caramel Brulee Sauce, for Drizzling

You can, of course, skip this part but I think it just adds to the allure of the drink.

1 Cup Whole Milk

You can, of course, use the milk of your choice, for example, skim milk. I just prefer whole milk because it froths better.

You don’t even have to stick to dairy milk. You can opt for soy milk, unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or any other milk that you like. Experiment until you find the one that you like best with this drink.

Also, many people only heat their milk for this coffee drink. They do not actually froth it. However, I prefer foamy milk and I really recommend it.

Whipped Cream

You can buy whipped cream or you can buy heavy cream and whip it yourself. I am way too lazy to do it myself. So, I usually always end up buying a can of whipped cream.

Like the milk, you can substitute the cream for a dairy alternative of your choice.

Brulee Crumble

Lay out a piece of parchment paper before you start with the sugar melting and everything.

Next, put some sugar in a small saucepan. I used a tablespoon of sugar. You can use brown sugar, but it takes a bit longer to melt. White sugar is actually a better idea.

Place the saucepan over low-medium heat and stir it until the sugar melts and becomes golden brown. This process takes 1-2 minutes and the time between perfect and burnt is very short. So, remove it from the heat the moment that the color changes. Now, pour it on the parchment paper that you lay out earlier and let it cool down. Just be really careful, this melted sugar is really, and I mean really, hot. Please be sure not to burn yourself

It takes about 5 minutes for it to cool down and harden. Next, break this caramelized sugar into small shards using whatever you want. I used the back of a tablespoon.


  1. Pull a shot of espresso.
  2. Mix the espresso and brulee sauce in your coffee mug.
  3. Froth the milk using a steam wand or milk frother
  4. Pour the frothed milk over the coffee and sauce mixture.
  5. Add whipped cream on top.
  6. Drizzle some caramel brulee sauce over it.
  7. Top with small pieces of brulee crumble.

Salted Caramel Brulee Latte

If you think that a caramel brulee latte is good, wait until you have tried the salted version. I am forever hooked. Like, wow.

All you have to do to make a salted caramel brulee latte is to add a pinch of table salt to the brulee sauce and sprinkle some sea salt on top of the drink with the brulee crumble.

Iced Caramel Brulee Latte

You can opt for an iced version of this drink instead of a hot latte. Just add ice cubes to the sauce and espresso mix. Also, you’ll have to use cold milk instead of hot milk.

Other Amazing Latte Recipes to Try

Here are some other great latte recipes that you might like.

Butterscotch Latte

This latte is probably one of my absolute favorite flavored lattes out there. It combines the bold taste of espresso with the sweet bliss of butterscotch.

Get the whole butterscotch latte recipe here.

Butterscotch latte with whipped cream.

Gingerbread Latte

This latte brings the feeling of the holidays right into your home. The smell and taste lead you into the cozy feeling of the holidays.

Get my gingerbread latte recipe here.

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