Make your own Cafe Mocha Latte right at home with delicious results and minimal ingredients skipping the high end coffee shops!
I love coffee. Do you? I love it so much that I have worked in a local coffee shop in some capacity for the past 25 years! That’s a long time, and I have made so many different coffee drinks over the years but there are a few that stand out as true classics.
This includes a wonderful Cafe Mocha that combines espresso, chocolate sauce, and frothy milk to make the best warm cup of coffee.
Coffee Drinks are actually not as scary to make as you might think.
They are essentially the same basic recipe over and over again but with different flavors or sometimes a different method of combining the ingredients but essentially it’s the same general concept each time.
What ingredients do you need for a Cafe Mocha?
- Chocolate Sauce
That’s it! I bet most of you have those ingredients already too, so it’s not at all that difficult to make.
I’ve seen a variety of recipes for mocha over the years, but the vast majority of your favorite coffee shops actually use chocolate sauce and not a homemade version either.
This would be something like Hershey’s Chocolate Sauce or Ghirardelli Chocolate Sauce, not flavoring syrup.
In order to make your espresso and steam the milk, you will also want to use an Espresso Machine.
The machine does not have to be extravagant but you do want to be sure that you have a steam frothing wand to steam and froth the milk. The milk frother will be essential to creating the perfect mocha.
If you do not have espresso, you can use 1/4 cup of dark brewed hot coffee to make this instead.
What type of milk should you use?
Whole Milk will always give the best creamy results for your mocha; however, you can use milk alternatives too.
These include oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, and coconut milk.
Each of these will work just fine; however, remember that whole milk is the best milk for the rich, creamy texture of this cafe mocha recipe.
Tips for Making a Cafe Mocha Latte:
The first thing you will want to do is get your espresso ready to run through your machine and then prepare your milk and chocolate sauce in the milk frothing pitcher.
The amount of milk may vary depending on the size of the cup you use; however, generally, you will use about 1/2 cup of milk.
The temperature of your milk needs to be at least 140°F because this recipe uses hot milk, this would be medium heat to hot heat. If you get toward 160°F this would be extra hot. In order to monitor this get a food thermometer that will clip to the frothing pitcher.
The espresso shots can be run either first or last, but they will run quickly through your espresso machine in about 30 seconds. Then, you will use your steaming wand to froth the milk and chocolate in the frothing picture until it reaches the ideal temperature.
Once this is done, pour your shots into your cup then use a spatula to hold back any froth on the top of the milk and pour the milk in then let the froth go out on top of the drink.
This can then be served topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, or chocolate shavings.
Can you add flavored syrups to your mocha?
As I mentioned above most coffee drinks are a base recipe then flavorings are added in. So that means you want a Peppermint Mocha?
Add in about a tablespoon of peppermint syrup and you have Peppermint Mocha.
The same is true for a Caramel Mocha, any flavor that you want can be added to your mocha!
My personal favorite flavored syrups are Skinny Syrups, but you can use your favorite.
More of your Favorite Coffee Drink Recipes:
This mocha is so easy to make it means in no time you can cozy up with your morning coffee that got a huge glow-up with the combination of chocolate flavor and very simple ingredients!
Cafe Mocha Latte
- 2 Shots Espresso (Total 2oz)
- 2 Tbsp Chocolate Sauce
- 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
Homemade Whipped Topping (Optional – Serves 4)
- 1/2 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream
- 4 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Decorators Bag
- 1 M Wilton Tip
- This method uses an espresso machine with a milk steamer and frother.
- Begin by using your espresso machine per the instructions on your machine to make 2 shots of espresso. This is the equivalent of 2 oz.
- Add 1/2 cup milk to your milk steaming pitcher, then stir in the chocolate sauce.
- Once stirred in slowly steam the milk until it reaches 140°F, anything above 160°F is extra hot.
- Pour the shots into the cup you plan to use, then use a spatula to sift off the foam as you pour the warm chocolate milk into the cup, then let the foam go on top. There will likely just be a small bit of foam, not much since this is a latte.
- Serve topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
Making the Whipped Cream:
- Add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla to a large bowl. Use a whisk and whisk well until stiff peaks are formed creating the whipped cream.
- Add the 1M tip to your decorator's bag and spoon in the whipped cream.
- Serve. This makes enough whipped cream for 4+ drinks. To store, it needs to be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. This has to be refrigerated nonstop or it will not last.