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How to Make Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam Topping

Quick and easy recipe for Starbucks pumpkin cream cold foam. This pumpkin cream topping is perfect for making homemade Starbucks fall drinks like Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew or a Pumpkin Cream Iced Chai Tea Latte.
Homemade pumpkin cream cold foam.

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See how to make Starbucks pumpkin cream cold foam at home with this easy recipe that only has a few ingredients. This copycat pumpkin cream is absolutely delicious on top of cold brew, iced coffee and iced chai tea lattes.

What’s also great about this recipe is that you can make a jar of pumpkin creamer to keep on-hand in the fridge.

Then, when you’re ready to make your favorite fall drink, simply foam up some of the cream.

And just so you know, my homemade pumpkin cream recipe is based on the real deal, thanks to my Starbucks barista daughter.

So, let’s get started.

First, I’ll show you the exact ingredients Starbucks uses to make this pumpkin topping. And then, see how to recreate pumpkin cream at home.

Starbucks Pumpkin Cold Foam Topping

Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam is a seasonal topping option typically served on cold brew coffee. This tasty pumpkin cream is simply a mixture of Vanilla Sweet Cream and Pumpkin Spice sauce. The pumpkin cream is whipped into a foamy consistency and used to top drinks like the popular Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew.

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew drink at Starbucks topped with pumpkin cream and pumpkin spices.
Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew topped with pumpkin cream cold foam.

Here’s how it works.

Each day baristas make pitchers of vanilla sweet cream and store the creamer in the refrigerator.

When a customer orders a drink topped with vanilla sweet cream cold foam, the barista pours a small amount of the vanilla sweet cream into a blender and foams it up.

As you’ve probably guessed, it’s really easy to make homemade vanilla sweet cream cold foam, too.

To make pumpkin cream cold foam, the Starbucks barista simply adds pumpkin spice sauce to some vanilla sweet cream—enough for one drink.

Then, the pumpkin sweet cream is whipped in a special blender that transforms it into fluffy cold foam.

Pouring homemade pumpkin cream cold foam on top of cold brew coffee.
Homemade pumpkin cold foam is easy to make and delicious on top of cold brew coffee.

Pumpkin Cream Ingredients

Starbucks combines four ingredients to make pumpkin cream.

  • Heavy Cream
  • 2% Milk
  • Vanilla Syrup
  • Pumpkin Spice Sauce

Starbucks drinks that have pumpkin cream cold foam on top are finished with a dusting of pumpkin spice topping, as well.

As you can see, the first three ingredients (heavy cream, 2% milk and vanilla syrup) are readily available from the store. You can even buy Starbucks vanilla syrup online.

Or, you can make this homemade vanilla syrup recipe. You only need water, sugar and vanilla extract to do so.

Pumpkin Spice Sauce

Now, for the fourth ingredient—pumpkin spice sauce.

If it was possible to buy a bottle of Starbucks pumpkin spice sauce, my at-home pumpkin cream recipe would be even easier to make. However, Starbucks pumpkin syrup is not available for retail sale.

As a substitute for the pumpkin spice sauce, this recipe uses pumpkin puree, cinnamon and nutmeg in its place.

Additionally, we’ll add a little more vanilla syrup for sweetness.

Don’t worry; this recipe is tried and true.

I’ve tested the proportions and made sure it tastes like Starbucks pumpkin cream and “whips” up into the foamy consistency we love.

Ingredients to make diy Starbucks pumpkin cold foam at home.
Ingredients to make Starbucks pumpkin cream cold foam at home.

Steps to Make Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam

To make pumpkin cream cold foam, combine all ingredients in a jar that has a lid. Shake the jar well to combine the cream, pumpkin, vanilla and spices. Next, turn the creamer into pumpkin cold foam by aerating just enough creamer for your drink using one of the methods described below.

  • This recipe makes about 16 ounces of pumpkin creamer to top four or more drinks. The cream should be stored in the refrigerator.
  • When you’re ready to make a pumpkin-topped drink, foam up a small amount of pumpkin cream. Keep in mind it will increase in volume after aerating.
  • There are several ways to turn the cream into pumpkin cold foam: shake it vigorously in a cold jar, or use a handheld or electric milk frother.
Pumpkin, heavy cream, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla syrup recipe ingredients.
Making pumpkin creamer at home like Starbucks is very easy.

Step 1: Add all ingredients to a jar with lid.

For this step, add all the ingredients to a jar that has a tight-fitting lid.

I prefer to use a cold jar since I think it does a better job whipping up the heavy cream. All you have to do is put a jar in the freezer for a few minutes.

Additionally, I also like to make sure the liquid ingredients are really cold too. This helps it foam up.

Step 2: Mix the pumpkin creamer and store it in the refrigerator.

Mix the pumpkin cream together by putting the lid on the jar and shaking it.

This combines the ingredients together and if you shake the jar vigorously enough, it turns it into foam.

However, this recipe makes enough pumpkin creamer for several drinks. So store it in the refrigerator and then when you’re ready to make a drink topped with pumpkin cold foam, just froth up the amount you need.

Jar of homemade Starbucks pumpkin cream.
DIY Starbucks Pumpkin Cream

Step 3: Aerate to make pumpkin cream cold foam.

The goal is to create a foamy consistency that rests on top of the drink and slowly cascades into it.

Keep in mind, cold foam is not as thick and creamy as Starbucks whipped cream.

There are basically three methods for making cold foam.

Method 1: The first method is to pour enough cream for an individual serving into a cold jar and shake it vigorously. This thickens it up really well. And you can stop at this point if you choose.

Method 2: If you want the cream a little thicker, take the shaking method a step further and use a handheld milk frother.

Making pumpkin cold foam with handheld milk frother.
Making cold foam with handheld frother.

Method 3: Or, if you have an electric frother like my Nespresso Aeroccino or the Breville milk frother, you can use that for additional frothing.

Make sure it’s on the cold setting and froth it up.

As a tip, I still like to shake the creamer up before adding it to the frother to get it extra aerated.

Pumpkin cream foamed up in electric Nespresso frother.
Making cold foam with electric frother.

Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam Serving Suggestions

Starbucks cold foam is typically served on top of iced beverages.

For example, the pumpkin cold foam mainly is a topping for Starbucks cold brew drinks, but you can add it to anything you want.

For instance, one really popular iced chai tea latte customization is to add a fluffy layer of pumpkin cream foam on top. As you can imagine, it’s the perfect mixture of spicy fall flavors.

Homemade pumpkin cold foam versus Starbucks cold foam.
Homemade Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Recipe

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Homemade pumpkin cream cold foam.

Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam

Yield: 16 ounces
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Copycat Starbucks recipe for pumpkin cream cold foam. Homemade pumpkin cream is simple to make with a few ingredients and easy to turn into cold foam. Enjoy Pumpkin cold foam topping on drinks like cold brew, iced coffee or iced chai tea.


Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat milk, 2%
  • 1/2 cup vanilla syrup
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pumpkin pie spice, to garnish


For the Pumpkin Cream

  1. Add all ingredients to jar 24 ounces or larger. Put lid on and shake jar vigorously to combine. Alternatively, substitute 3/4 cup pumpkin spice syrup for the vanilla syrup, pumpkin puree and spices.
  2. Store pumpkin creamer in refrigerator or froth a small amount to make it into pumpkin cold foam to top drink.

To Make Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of pumpkin creamer into a small jar with lid. Optionally, chill the jar first, so creamer froths/whips up easier.
  2. Shake jar vigorously for at least a minute to make pumpkin cold foam.
  3. To make it a little thicker, either shake creamer in jar longer or aerate with a handheld or electric milk frother.
  4. To serve pumpkin cream cold foam, slowly pour foam on top of drink. If there's ice in drink. Pour foam directly onto ice to create foamy layer that floats on top. Cold foam will slowly cascade into drink.

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