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.
- This recipe yields about 16 ounces of pumpkin creamer, enough to top four or more drinks.
- To make pumpkin cold foam, only foam up as much creamer as you need per drink.
- There are several ways to thicken up the pumpkin cold foam: shake it vigorously in a cold jar, use a handheld or electric milk frother, whisk or blend.
- This recipe has been tested so it tastes as close as possible to Starbucks pumpkin cold foam and “whips” up into the foamy consistency we love.
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 with a special blender and is used to top drinks like the popular Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew.
Ingredients & Notes
- Heavy Cream. This is what gives the cold foam its signature creaminess.
- 2% Milk. A small amount of milk thins out the cream so the cold foam isn’t as thick as whipped cream.
- Vanilla Syrup. The vanilla syrup adds flavor and sweetness. You can buy Starbucks vanilla syrup online or make this homemade vanilla syrup recipe with just 3 ingredients.
- Pumpkin Spice Sauce. Starbucks turns vanilla sweet cream into pumpkin cold foam by combining it with pumpkin spice sauce. At home, the pumpkin spice sauce can be substituted with pumpkin puree, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Tip: Use cold ingredients, a cold bowl or jar, and cold utensils for the best cold foam.
How to Make Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam
Making pumpkin cold foam is a 2-step process. First you combine all the ingredients to make a pumpkin spice creamer. Then you blend, whisk or shake the mix to turn it into cold foam.
- Make the pumpkin creamer base. Combine heavy cream, milk, syrup, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg in a jar that has a lid.
- Aerate the pumpkin creamer to create cold foam. Whisk, blend, shake or froth the creamer to thicken it into pumpkin cold foam. Only aerate as much creamer as you need for a drink using one of the methods described below. The remaining creamer should be stored in the refrigerator.
Methods to Aerate Cream and Turn it Into Cold Foam
The consistency of pumpkin cream cold foam is akin to very melted ice cream. It is not as thick and creamy as Starbucks whipped cream. The goal is to create a velvety layer of pumpkin cold foam that rests on top of a drink and slowly cascades into it.
Cold Jar Method: 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 is my preferred method! You can stop at this point if you choose.
Handheld Milk Frother: If you want the cold foam a little thicker, take the shaking method a step further and use a handheld milk frother.
Electric Milk Frother: If you have an electric frother like my Nespresso Aeroccino or the Breville milk frother, you can use that for additional frothing after shaking the creamer in a cold jar. Make sure it’s on the cold setting and froth it up.
Whisk or Blend: Another way to aerate the pumpkin creamer and transform it into cold foam is to whisk it vigorously or put some in a small blender.
French Press: A french press is my least favorite way for making cold foam. Sure it works ok if you’re making a large batch of cold foam for several drinks, but it’s not effective for making a single serving of cold foam since the plunger can’t go that low.
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.
Here’s how to order a Starbucks pumpkin cream chai. Trust me, it’s the perfect fall duo.
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Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam
- 1 cup heavy 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
- 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.
- 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
- To make pumpkin cold foam, pour 1/2 cup of pumpkin creamer per serving into a small jar with lid and shake it vigorously. Chill the jar first, so creamer froths/whips up easier.
- Continue shaking the jar for at least a minute, to create pumpkin cold foam that has the consistency of Starbucks cold foam.
- For thicker cold foam, either shake creamer in jar longer or aerate with a handheld or electric milk frother.
- 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 a foamy layer that floats on top. Cold foam will slowly cascade into drink.