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Starbucks Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Coffee: Ready?

A Starbucks caffe vanilla frappuccino has milk, ice, vanilla bean powder, and sweet whipped cream. This icy-cold drink is a smooth, creamy, indulgent treat. It’s a perfect drink to cool off on a hot summer day or get an afternoon pick-me-up treat. 

Despite not being listed on every Starbucks menu location, you can still ask the barista to prepare it for you. Just use your creative side and ask for a secret ingredient: vanilla bean powder. On the other hand, we have a better solution—the perfect copycat recipe.

Here’s how to make Starbucks Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino coffee step-by-step.

What You Need

  • 3 pumps of Frappuccino roast or 2 espresso shots
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of ice
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla syrup
  • 3 scoops vanilla bean powder
  • whipped cream

At A Glance

Prep time:

5 minutes


16 oz (grande)

How to Make Starbucks Cafe Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Coffee

Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino Blended beverage is a mix of milk, ice, and vanilla bean powder resulting in one of the most beloved icy drinks on the Starbucks Frappuccino menu. Blended drinks, like this iced coffee, come with a smoothie-like consistency.

Here’s how to make this mix of espresso, vanilla, and milk in only two steps.

Starbucks Cafe Vanilla Frappuccino

Step 1: Blend the Ingredients

Take out your blender and mix the ice, vanilla syrup, milk, and coffee until you have a smooth consistency. Starbucks uses 2% milk in their coffees. Generally, it’s better to go for whole milk when making a frappuccino, as it helps have a creamier consistency. Also, Starbucks uses its own coffee for frappuccinos, called Frappuccino Roast. You can buy it in powder form. Or, you can use one or two shots of espresso.

Pro tip 1: Add 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum to the mix. It’s a food additive that helps you have a thick vanilla bean frappuccino consistency (1). Also, if you don’t use xanthan gum, your frappuccino can be too icy, and the coffee will quickly separate from the ice.

Pro tip 2: Starbucks uses vanilla bean powder for their frappuccinos. But you can also use vanilla syrup instead of vanilla extract; it’s light and less concentrated.

Step 2: Pour in a Glass

Take out a tall glass, and pour the contents from the blender. Finally, top with whipped cream.

Pro tip 1: Play around and experiment with your Vanilla Frappuccino blended beverage. Add some cinnamon on top, or try different syrups. You can even mix vanilla bean and cookie crumble frappuccinos by adding crumbled cookies.

Final Thoughts

Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino blended beverage is easy to make at home. You only need simple ingredients and a blender, and you’re all set. You’ll have a creamy, indulgent frappuccino in minutes. Plus, you can customize the recipe and decide how much sugar and coffee you want.


Yes, but not all. Coffee-based Starbucks blended frappuccinos have coffee, while the creme frappuccinos have little to no coffee. For coffee-based frapps, coffee is mixed with ice and milk in a blender for a smooth, thick consistency. Starbucks uses Frappuccino roast coffee for their frappes. This is handcrafted dark roast coffee developed by Starbucks. It has flavors of dark chocolate and caramel that pair well with milk.

You order a vanilla frappuccino with coffee at Starbucks by asking for Cafe Vanilla Frappuccino. Even though this drink is a regular part of the Starbucks menu, it’s not listed as an item at all locations. Another way is to ask the barista to add vanilla bean powder to your Coffee Frappuccino.

Starbucks Frappuccino is made with coffee, specifically, Starbucks Frappuccino roast. This roast is available to purchase at Starbucks in powder form. The coffee is blended with other frappuccino ingredients for a frosty drink. However, you can also use one or two espresso shots when making frappuccinos at home.

  1. Torrens, K. (2022, April 13). What is xanthan gum? BBC Good Food. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-is-xanthan-gum
Marina Maletic
I grew up surrounded by people who drink Turkish coffee. This was the only kind of coffee I knew for a long time, and wasn’t a fan of because it was too strong. It wasn’t until I started uni that I delved more into the world of coffee by trying out my classmate’s Aero Press. Nowadays, I can’t imagine starting a day without my espresso machine. If I’m not drinking or writing about coffee, I’m connecting with fellow coffee enthusiasts and looking up ways to perfect my dialing in technique.

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