McDonald’s McCafe Caramel Cappuccino

McDonald’s makes lots of flavorful coffee drinks. The caramel cappuccino rivals any expensive coffee house.

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Coffeehouse Drinks

There are a lot of fancy coffee houses out there, like Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, and Peet’s Coffee. They all offer high-end coffee experiences.

Did you know that McDonald’s also offers some of the best coffee out there? Here is a Business Insider article explaining why some people prefer McDonald’s coffee over Starbucks.

And, just like Starbucks, you can buy McDonald’s McCafe coffee at the grocery store. The McDonald’s Caramel Cappuccino is equivalent to the Starbucks Caramel Cappuccino.

Caramel Cappuccino Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Strong coffee or espresso
  • Milk
  • Caramel ice cream topping
  • Whipped cream

How to Make a Caramel Cappuccino

So let’s get started making this one at home. It begins with espresso.

You aren’t going to be able to make espresso coffee without an expensive espresso machine. Espresso machines push steam through coffee with a lot of pressure, at around 9 bar (9 times the atmospheric pressure at sea level).

However, you have a couple of alternatives to making strong coffee at home. The first being simply to double the amount of coffee in your coffee maker and make a really strong cup of coffee.

My preferred method is to use a Bialetti Moka Express that pushes coffee through at about 2 bars of pressure. It also makes a lovely crema on top of the coffee (This is the gorgeous foam you see on top of the espresso.) These stovetop coffee machines cost under 30 dollars.

There is no other special equipment needed to make this great-tasting coffee. Italians have been making coffee at home like this for almost 100 years.

The next thing you will need to do is warm the milk. You can heat up the milk in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Then you need to froth the milk. Simply put it in a jar with a lid and shake it. This will foam up the milk and make it full of air just like a coffee house.

If you want to invest in a milk frother, this Hand Pump Milk Frother is a favorite of mine. Again, putting warmed milk in a jar works well too!

So now we have nailed out making stronger coffee and frothing the milk. Now on to making a Caramel Cappuccino.

You will need caramel syrup and whipped cream (if desired).

Then you are in business to save money and you can make fancy caramel cappuccinos or lattes at home anytime you want.

Here are the recipe steps:

  1. Warm the milk in a small pan or in the microwave.
  2. Froth the milk with a frother or by putting it in a sealed jar and shaking it vigorously.
  3. Pour the coffee into a large warm coffee mug.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of caramel syrup.
  5. Add warmed, frothed milk and stir to combine.
  6. Top with whipped cream.
  7. Drizzle the remaining caramel syrup on top.
Homemade McDonald's Caramel Cappuccino

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McDonald’s McCafe Caramel Cappuccino

You don't need to wait in the drive-thru to enjoy a McDonald's McCafe Caramel Cappuccino. Make one at home with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Cappuccino, Coffee Recipes, McDonald’s McCafe Caramel Cappuccino, McDonald’s Recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 212kcal


  • 6 ounces hot coffee strong, or two shots of espresso
  • 1/2 cup milk (the lower the fat content the better, it will froth more)
  • 2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping divided use
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream


  • Warm the milk in a small pan or in the microwave.
  • Froth the milk with a frother or by putting it in a sealed jar and shaking it vigorously.
  • Pour the hot coffee or espresso into a large warm coffee mug.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of caramel syrup.
  • Add warmed milk and stir to combine.
  • Top with whipped cream.
  • Drizzle the remaining caramel syrup on top.


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 307mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Calcium: 179mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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    We have the Keg Restaurant here in Colorado. They have a Garlic Shrimp appetizer that is so good. The shrimp lay in melted butter. Anything like that in your wonderful CopyKat recipes?

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