Are you looking for a way to bring out the inner barista in your home? Do you love the sweet, creamy taste of Starbucks-style whipped cream but don’t have the time or resources to make special trips there just for it?

If so, then this article is for you! I’ll show you how to whip up this delicious treat from scratch using simple ingredients that are likely already in your kitchen.

With this foolproof recipe and my helpful tips, creating homemade Starbucks whipped cream at home will be fast, easy, and enjoyable – plus, it’s definitely a lot cheaper than buying it at a store!

So let’s get started and learn how to make Starbucks-level whipped cream right at home.

What is Starbucks whipped cream?

Starbucks whipped cream is a type of topping made from heavy cream and vanilla syrup. It’s used to top off cappuccinos, Frappuccinos, and other coffee beverages at Starbucks locations worldwide.

Homemade Starbucks whipped cream.

When it comes to taste, the thick texture of the whipped cream adds an extra layer of sweetness that pairs perfectly with many Frappuccinos and other cold drinks.

Additionally, its rich flavor makes other coffee beverages more indulgent.

Try adding some Starbucks whipped cream next time you’re in the store for an added layer of sweet delight!

And if you cannot wait, here’s an easy recipe to make it right at home!

Which ingredients are in Starbucks whipped cream?

Starbucks whipped cream is made from only two ingredients:

  • The heavy whipping cream gives the signature dense and creamy texture of the whipped cream.
  • Vanilla syrup, with its subtle sweetness, complements the dense texture, adding an extra layer of flavor to your favorite drinks.
All of the ingredients needed to make Starbucks whipped cream at home.

When making this whipped cream at home, it’s best to use a heavy whipping cream with a high-fat content, as this will ensure a creamy and rich mouthfeel, just like Starbucks’ version.

If you want to make the best version right at home, you can also use homemade vanilla syrup:

How do you make vanilla syrup at home?

Making homemade vanilla syrup is a surprisingly simple process that yields delicious results.

First, you’ll need to collect a few ingredients to get started:

  • Cold tap water
  • White granulated sugar
  • A vanilla bean
All of the ingredients needed to make vanilla syrup at home.

Then, you’ll combine the cold tap water, white granulated sugar, and the vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise, with the seeds removed.

You’ll slowly heat this mixture on the stove until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Let it cool completely, remove the vanilla bean from the syrup, and store it in a sealed jar or handy glass flash like this:

Homemade vanilla syrup.

If you want to try this recipe at home, you can find the complete steps to follow here!

What do you need to make whipped cream at home?

In addition to the simple ingredients listed above, you’ll need a good-quality whipped cream dispenser.

Whipped cream dispensers come in various sizes and models that can be found at kitchen supply stores or online. These devices work by using N2O (nitrous oxide).

Depending on the size you choose or already have at home, you’ll need one or two N20 cartridges to make whipped cream.

Here are the easy steps to follow once you’ve got a whipped cream dispenser:

  1. Add the vanilla syrup and the whipped cream to the dispenser.
  2. Load an N2O cartridge through its designated slot and screw it in place.
  3. Then, you’ll release the gas into the canister with one strong, tight turn.
  4. Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds to combine the heavy cream and N20.
  5. Now, you’re ready to use the whipped cream.
  6. You can now remove the spent N20 cartridge. Unscrew the charger and remove the cartridge. You’ll hear a little hiss once you remove it. This is completely normal.
A whipped cream dispenser with N20 cartridges next to it.

As you can see, making whipped cream is incredibly easy and requires just a few steps!

You can still make whipped cream if you don’t have a whipped cream dispenser.

You can combine the vanilla syrup and heavy whipping cream into a bowl and whisk until light and fluffy.

How many calories are in Starbucks whipped cream?

Starbucks whipped cream has between 52 and 104 calories per drink, depending on the cup size used.

You can have a look at the overview below to get an idea about the nutritional information for Starbucks’ whipped cream:

An overview of the nutritional information in Starbucks whipped cream.

What does Starbucks use its whipped cream for?

One of the best things about ordering your favorite coffee at Starbucks is that you can customize it to taste!

That means that you can add whipped cream to any drink you like.

You can ask your barista to add whipped cream to order your drink with whipped cream. It’s that easy!

Starbucks matcha Frappuccino, ready to drink.

Most frequently, whipped cream is used to finish Frappuccinos, mochas, hot chocolates, and let’s not forget the Espresso con Panna!

How do you store whipped cream?

Storing whipped cream correctly is an essential step in ensuring it stays fresh and always tastes its best.

The most efficient, reliable, and cost-effective way to store whipped cream is in a whipped cream dispenser.

A quality whipped cream dispenser is designed specifically to keep your creams cold, allowing you to produce rich, delicious results every time.

You can also store it in the refrigerator for up to three days; make sure you keep it tightly covered in an airtight container.

This is helpful if you won’t use a whipped cream dispenser. Make sure to whisk it up before use, as the whipped cream will slowly turn into cream after storing it.

How long does whipped cream last?

You can use the whipped cream until the heavy whipping cream expires or within a few days if the heavy whipping cream has a long expiration date.

When storing it in the whipped cream dispenser, it will last about 2-3 days. After this time, the whipped cream will get runnier and not hold like before.

Starbucks whipped cream in a small cup.

It’s best to make a new batch once this happens, as you’ll get the best flavor this way.

Now that you have a good idea about the ways you can make Starbucks whipped cream, it’s time to put it to the test by following the recipe below:

Starbucks Whipped Cream

Starbucks whipped cream, ready to be used.

This homemade version of Starbucks' whipped cream is perfect for your favorite coffee!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup (240 ml) of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 oz (60 ml) of vanilla syrup


  1. Add the vanilla syrup and the whipped cream to the dispenser. You can shake lightly to combine the flavors.
  2. Load an N2O cartridge through its designated slot and screw it in place.
  3. Then, you'll release the gas into the canister with one strong, tight turn. You'll hear a hiss as it fills the canister.
  4. Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds to combine the heavy cream and N20.
  5. Now, you're ready to use the whipped cream.
  6. You can now remove the spent N20 cartridge. Unscrew the charger and remove the cartridge. You'll hear a little hiss once you remove it. This is completely normal.
  7. If you're using a larger heavy cream dispenser, load another N20 cartridge for the best result (read more about it in the notes below).
  8. Make sure to store the heavy cream when you're done with it!


When using a whipped cream dispenser of 0.5 liters, one N20 cartridge will be enough. You'll need two N20 cartridges for the best result if you're using a bigger dispenser.

You can prepare more whipped cream at once if you prefer. You can double the amounts listed in the ingredient list.

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Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 52Total Fat: 5.1gSaturated Fat: 3.2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 0.3g

What is the difference between Starbucks whipped cream and cold foam?

The difference between Starbucks’ whipped cream and cold foam lies in the way they are made, their textures, how they’re served, and what flavors can be used.

Starbucks whipped cream is a traditional topping similar to those found at other coffee shops. It’s made from cream that is whipped with vanilla syrup.

Cold foam, however, is made with 2% fat milk and, optionally, some heavy cream for a better hold:

Vanilla sweet cream cold foam, ready to be used as a topping.
Homemade cold foam

It is normally used as a topping for iced coffees or cold brew to give the coffee a bit more texture and flavor from the milk.

One major difference stands out when comparing these two toppings: there are no airy peaks in cold foam because it does not rely on whipping cream to create volume as its counterpart does.

Also, since cold foam comes mostly unsweetened, customers have more control over customizing their beverage with syrups or sauces based on personal preference.

FAQs about Starbucks whipped cream

You might have some additional questions about Starbucks’ whipped cream. I’ve answered a few of these questions below:

What kind of whipped cream does Starbucks use?

Starbucks whipped cream is made with vanilla syrup and heavy whipping cream.

What does Starbucks whipped cream contain?

Starbucks whipped cream contains two ingredients; heavy whipping cream and vanilla syrup.

Is Starbucks sweet cream just whipped cream?

Starbucks sweet cream is not whipped cream. The sweet cream has added 2% fat milk, which makes it easy to combine into your drink. Whipped cream is also a lot thicker and is used as a topping.


Making and enjoying Starbucks whipped cream at home has been a great way for me to create something special without having to go out.

Not only have I saved money by making it myself, but I’ve also found that this version is just as delicious and even more personalized.

The next time you’re looking for something fun and creative to do, make some whipped cream from scratch – you won’t regret it!

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