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Pinkies Out: How to Make Homemade Sugar Cubes

Want to be the fanciest person in the room by far? All you have to do is learn how to make homemade sugar cubes.

Homemade sugar cubes

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In spite of their pinkies-out appearance, making sugar cubes is probably one of the easiest food projects you could possibly tackle. All you have to do is slightly moisten sugar, press it into molds, and wait for it to harden. That’s it.

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Once you've mastered this simple method of molding sugar, you can also try out some creative recipe variations. Go ahead, flavor your sugar with vanilla extract or tint it in pink or blue! This post will explain the basic method of creating homemade sugar cubes plus offer fun and easy variations.

How to make homemade sugar cubes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water

Note: International readers may enjoy our handy metric conversion guide.

A note on molds

Supplies are minimal for this recipe, but a necessary component is a mold of some sort, to shape your cubes. It bears noting that they don't have to be cubes, but they will keep best if the molds are simple geometric shapes such as cubes, pyramids, or the like.

Silicone candy molds with fairly small individual vessels are the ideal type for this project: they can easily be extracted and leave the sugar cubes with a smooth, even finish. However, plastic molds or even an ice cube tray with small vessels can be used.

Step 1:

Pour the sugar into a bowl slightly larger than you need, so that you have plenty of room to mix. Add the water, mixing the sugar with a fork. It will first look lumpy where the water has been poured, but as you stir the sugar, it will progress from lumpy to crumbly but fairly even in texture, with a moisture sort of like brown sugar (you can press it with your fingers and it will leave an imprint).

If it seems too wet, it probably is: add more sugar, a tablespoon at a time.

Sugar mix

Step 2:

Once you've attained the ideal texture, use a spoon to transfer it to the mold. Spoon some sugar into the mold, and then press it down. Pack the sugar very firmly--fit as much as you can into the vessels of the molds.

Press sugar into mold

Note: If your molds have become a little sandy on top, like mine, use a moist paper towel to wipe away the residual sugar between molds--it will make your life easier later.

Step 3:

Now, it's a waiting game. Let the cubes sit at room temperature for several hours or overnight so they can harden. Basically, you are just letting the sugar do what you never want your bag of brown sugar to do: harden.

Let the cubes set

Note: the light brown colored cubes (or, pyramids) pictured above are made using vanilla extract. See "recipe variations", below.

Step 4:

Turn the molded sugar cubes (or diamonds, etc) from the mold. They should come out quite easily.

Remove cubes

Store in an airtight container. These will keep for up to a year.

Recipe variations

Vanilla sugar

Now that you've mastered the basic technique, have fun with it.

Alternate liquids

Instead of water, use a different flavored liquid as the liquid in the recipe for sweet cubes that will add intrigue to your next cup of tea or coffee. Some ideas for liquids to use include lemonade, orange juice, or strongly brewed coffee or tea.

Vanilla cubes

Use vanilla extract instead of water in the recipe for vanilla-scented sugar cubes. Perfect for giving a gentle vanilla flavor to a latte.

Colored cubes

Add a couple of drops of liquid food coloring in addition to the water in the recipe. You'll have vibrant sugar cubes that will liven up a party.

Cubes

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7 Comments

via mimi fashon

hi I love your homemade suger cup please tel me how to make desing in to of suger cup t h u

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tony

Hi, thank you very much for your recipe regarding making suger cub from suger.
but how can i make it harder so it dosent melt so easilly when drinkink tea with it.
cheers…

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CA

tony – just a guess, but I would toy with popping them in a toaster oven for a bit. Ever so slightly melting the sugar granules as you dry them would not only speed up the process, but would result in a harder cube as the granules melt into each other.

Too low a temp and all you are doing is speeding up the drying process with no noticable difference; too high a temp and it would melt completely and essentially become hard candy.

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Pamela

Your molds are so cute. Can you add a link to purchase these?

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Shelley

Use candy molds you can purchase at Michael’s craft store. I got heart-shaped I can’t wait to try.

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Yulia

Do sugar cubes need special sort of sugar (I mean sugar cristals)? & if it will be decorated with royal icing, how long will it be good to eat (I mean expire date)? Thank you for your answers!!

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Tanya caycedo

Any recommendations on molds? I can’t seem to find molds that aren’t too small or too big. Any info would be amazing! Thank you!

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