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Who Knew Sugar Cubes Could Be So Pretty?

Spring party season is here, and we have an easy idea to make every party on your calendar just a bit sweeter! Make decorated sugar cubes for your Mother’s Day celebration, a baby or bridal shower or simply to dress up tea time on a Tuesday afternoon.

Decorated Sugar Cubes | Erin Gardner | BluprintAll images via Erin Bakes.

How to make decorated sugar cubes

Stiff royal icing is the perfect medium for piping blooms on sugar cubes. Use your favorite recipe or this terrific one from Bluprint instructor Joshua John Russell. For a fool-proof royal icing recipe that doesn’t use egg whites, try the one in Amber Spiegel‘s class Sweet Elegance: 16 Cookie-Decorating Techniques.

If you’re having trouble tracking down plain sugar cubes or just want to whip up your own in custom flavors or colors, try the recipe and techniques in our previous blog post here.

How to Make Decorated Sugar Cubes | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

Supplies

Design ideas for decorated sugar cubes

Single rosette

Fill a piping bag fitted with the Wilton #14 tip with stiff royal icing tinted in whatever color you’d like your flowers to be. Hold the bag vertically over the sugar cube less than 1/4″ away from the surface. Squeeze out a star in the center of the cube. While maintaining steady pressure, move the tip all the way around the center star. Begin to decrease pressure as you reach where you started. Release pressure entirely and pull the tip down and away from the swirl to finish.

Piping a Single Rosette | Erin Gardner | BluprintPiping a Single Rosette | Erin Gardner | BluprintPiping a Single Rosette | Erin Gardner | BluprintPiping a Single Rosette | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

Rosette trio

Create a cluster of smaller rosettes similar to the larger rosette by starting with the same piping tip and bag position. Pipe a small star. With steady pressure, move the tip down and then back up around and over your starting point. Release pressure as you’re moving over your starting point and pull the tip down and away. Repeat two more times on either side of the first rosette. 

Piping a Small Rosette Trio | Erin Gardner | BluprintPiping a Small Rosette Trio | Erin Gardner | BluprintPiping a Small Rosette Trio | Erin Gardner | BluprintPiping a Small Rosette Trio | Erin Gardner | BluprintPiping a Small Rosette Trio | Erin Gardner | BluprintPiping a Small Rosette Trio | Erin Gardner | BluprintPiping a Small Rosette Trio | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

Drop flowers

Starting with the same piping tip as the rosette (#14), hold the piping tip directly against the surface of the sugar cube, straight up and down. Squeeze on the piping bag to create a simple star drop flower. The more you squeeze, the larger and fuller your flower will be. For a single large flower, squeeze for 2 to 3 seconds before releasing pressure and pulling the tip up and away. For smaller flowers, squeeze the bag for just a second before releasing and pulling the tip away. Repeat to create a cluster.

Piping Drop Flowers on Sugar Cubes | Erin Gardner | BluprintPiping Drop Flowers on Sugar Cubes | Erin Gardner | BluprintPiping Drop Flowers on Sugar Cubes | Erin Gardner | BluprintPiping Drop Flowers on Sugar Cubes | Erin Gardner | BluprintPiping Drop Flowers on Sugar Cubes | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

Pipe ahead of time

If you’re not confident with a piping bag and feel like you might need a few tries at each flower, or if you just want to make your flowers in advance, pipe directly onto parchment paper and let the flowers dry until completely firm. Use a small dollop of royal icing to adhere your finished flowers to the sugar cubes.

Click here to become more confident in your piping!

Adding Royal Flowers to Sugar Cubes | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

Adding leaves and centers

Fill a piping bag fitted with a #3 tip with green royal icing. Hold the tip close to the surface of the sugar cube where you want the base of the leaf to be. Squeeze a small mound of icing onto the cube. Release pressure and pull the tip up and away at a slight angle, creating the tip of the leaf. Use the same size tip in a bag filled with yellow icing to pipe dots in the centers of the drop flowers.

Adding Royal Icing Leaves | Erin Gardner | BluprintAdding Royal Icing Leaves | Erin Gardner | BluprintAdding Flower Centers | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

Handling & storage

Create your decorated sugar cubes weeks in advance and store at room temperature in an airtight container. The cubes themselves are actually more fragile than the hardened royal icing flowers. Try not to jostle the container around too much, so that the cubes maintain their shape. Water and humidity are the enemy here! Keep the cubes high and dry until you’re ready for tea time.

Sugar Cubes Decorated With Royal Icing | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

Did you Bluprint’s YouTube Channel is full of free, quick video tutorials?

Check out this step-by-step tutorial on how to make pretty royal icing roses like the ones seen above. 

See more on Bluprint’s YouTube Cake Decorating Channel.

5 Comments

Kay Landreth

As a child the epitome of elegance was when my Mother used the flower decorated sugar cubes for every special occasion. I am now in my 80’s and have no idea where these super-cubes would be available here in the suburbs. Now, I can make my own, thanks to Craftsy and your all-things wonderful.

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Yulia

Hello! Thank you for your tutoral I’ll try to do it for my baby ‘s birthday. But how should we eat them? Just eat like candies or put them into a hot cup of tea. The taste and appearance of hot tea will not spoil the royal icing? I will be grateful for the reply to my email.

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Erin Gardner

Hi! You eat them just like sugar cubes. They’re perfect for sweetening a hot cup of coffee or tea. The decoration will dissolve along with the sugar cube. Thanks!

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Yulia

Thanks for your answer

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Dee

Hi
How do you make the sugar cube itself?

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