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Easy French Vanilla Cappuccino Recipe

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Cappuccinos are nice. Frothy, creamy and not all that strong — they’re perfect. Well, anything can be perfected even further, and when it comes to cappuccinos, that means using vanilla, as easy as that.

The thing is, vanilla has a warm, comforting flavor that makes anything better. Show me a recipe for cookies and cake that doesn’t call for vanilla; I dare you. The scents coming from the beautiful pod of the vanilla orchid are wonderful. Now, let’s make good use of a fine vanilla extract and elevate a homemade cappuccino to heavenly heights!

Easy French Vanilla Cappuccino Recipe-2

How to make a French vanilla cappuccino?

When we talk about French vanilla, we’re talking of high quality. Actually, the European country doesn’t grow vanilla at all, but the pastry chefs here are known for sourcing the finest in the world. French vanilla is a synonym for quality.

So, to make a French vanilla cappuccino, you need a decent vanilla extract. For this recipe, we’re also using vanilla sugar as a sweetener, powdered sugar infused with actual vanilla beans. Of course, If you can’t find the specialty item, use regular granulated sugar.

You also need to brew yourself a decent coffee, and that’s espresso. Make sure you have in hand some milk and ground cinnamon as well, the cappuccino’s classic garnish!

Tips for the perfect cappuccino

  • Use high-quality, freshly roasted coffee and grind it yourself when possible. The fresher, the better. Arabica medium roast is my favorite for creamy drinks.

  • Make sure you use actual vanilla extract and not the artificial stuff. If you want to splurge a little, get your hands on a vanilla bean and scrape the fragrant pulp into your cappuccino.

  • Use any milk or milk alternative but know that not all kinds of milk foam like you want them to. You’ll have to whisk alternative milk vigorously to get a decent amount of milk foam.

Let’s enjoy vanilla’s decadent flavor and make ourselves a world-class cappuccino. This one’s on another level!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time5 min
  • Total Time15 min
  • Serving Size1
  • Energy170 cal




Brew the espresso and set it aside.


In a small pot over a medium flame on the stovetop, heat the milk until steamy but not boiling.


Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract.


With an electric hand mixer, foam the milk.


Pour the espresso into a mug, fill halfway through with warm milk and spoon milk foam over the warm milk.


Sweeten to taste with vanilla sugar and garnish with ground cinnamon.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size1
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories170
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat6 g78 g7.69%
  • Saturated Fat3.4 g20 g17%
  • Cholesterol18 mg300 mg6%
  • Sodium78 mg2300 mg3.39%
  • Total Carbohydrate21.7 g275 g7.89%
  • Dietary Fiber0.6 g28 g2.14%
  • Total Sugars22.2 g
  • Protein6 g50 g12%
  • Calcium219 mg1300 mg16.85%
  • Potassium305 mg4700 mg6.49%
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