Homemade Sugar Cubes

Homemade Sugar Cubes

No proper princess tea party is complete without sugar cubes but why spend money on expensive sugar cubes when all they are is sugar and water?  Plus, when you make homemade sugar cubes you can add color, flavoring, and you’re not restricted to just cubes – you can make them any shape!

Here’s the recipe I used for the sugar cubes (& rectangles) seen above.


1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 tbsp water
Food coloring (teensy amount!)
1/8 tsp vanilla flavoring (optional)
Plastic candy molds or small fondant cookie cutters (optional)


1. Combine sugar and water until it’s moistened.  Add a little more sugar or water to get the desired wet sand consistency.

2. Add just a tiny bit of food coloring if you wish.  I used Wilton’s gel food coloring and one tiny bit on the end of a toothpick was plenty.  You can always add more so start slow.  Add the 1/8 teaspoon of flavoring here if you would like.

3. If you’re using a mold firmly press the sugar into the mold.  It needs to be compact to hold it’s shape.  If you’re using fondant cookie cutters place the cookie cutter on parchment paper, pack with sugar, gently lift the cookie cutter, and repeat.

4. Allow to dry completely!  I skipped this step on my first batch and I had to be super careful when handling them – it was not pretty!  I would prepare these a day in advance to give plenty of time to dry.  Sugar cubes can be kept as long as regular sugar can as long as it’s in an airtight container at room temperature.

My first attempt at sugar cubes didn’t go so well because I didn’t allow for them to properly dry but every attempt after that has been perfection.  Give it a try once and I don’t think you’ll ever buy sugar cubes again!

Photographer for my daughter’s birthday party was:  Carrie Helms Photography, Decorations provided by Dahlia’s Flowers.

About Ashley

Ashley is very happily married and the mother to a beautiful little girl and sweet baby boy, and she is the main voice behind Embracing Creativity.


  1. Lori Pace says:

    That is such a clever idea! I didn’t know you could do that. I will have to do that sometime with my daughters for a tea party!

  2. Sara P. says:

    CUTE! I don’t know what I’d use sugar cubes for, but I am going to have to find a reason!

    • Do you know a tea drinker? I think this would make a wonderful gift…….maybe for someone in senior living-what a day brightener!

  3. jaimemckee says:

    This is a cute idea, especially for a girl(y) party. I’ll definitely consider this for a baby shower!

  4. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Very pretty tablescape and diy idea!! Love it!

  5. I love that you made them blue!

  6. Tiffany C. says:

    What a super cute idea! I was just thinking about sugar cubes the other day when my child wanted to have a tea party.

  7. Robin Rue says:

    That is such a fun idea. I love the color of them – they came out awesome.

  8. mail4rosey says:

    What a great idea. They turned out nice and would make me want to throw a little party. :)

  9. gaynycdad says:

    I love sugar any which way you serve it! I do like the color addition!

  10. Wendy Del Monte says:

    how fun! My son loves sugar cubes for some reason, but I never thought to make them myself. I like being able to add flavor!

  11. This is so fun! How perfect would this be for summer tea parties for little girls? Especially if you used molds to make your sugar cubes into fun shapes.

  12. What a fun idea. Especially for a themed party or babyshower!

  13. homemade sugar cubes?! How fun!! I love the idea of making them into fun shapes or adding some color to them

  14. Tammi Roy says:

    That is a cute idea, changing the colour and shape would be great to go with themed parties!

  15. Very cute idea. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Ooh, my 7yo would LOVE to do this!

  17. Theresa says:

    Turning them into different colors would be such a fun way to dress up a little girls tea party! What a great idea!

  18. Kimberly Grabinski says:

    What fun! These would be cute for my kids to help with.

  19. My aunt has red hat tea parties frequently and I would love to make her some of these! Thanks for sharing the idea!

  20. Greta Brinkley says:

    What a fun idea for a special occasion.

  21. Kathleen says:

    How fun! I would love to make some of these and have a tea party, even if I had to threaten some boys to do it!

  22. Christine says:

    Neat! Love the color!

  23. How fun! I used to love sugar cubes as a kid- now I just need an excuse to make them!

  24. kay adeola says:

    I have never thought of doing this,Great idea.

  25. Sarah @ Must Have Mom says:

    Those are awesome! Never thought about making those. Tea party anyone?

  26. Paula Krueguer says:

    Mmm, these looks great. Awesome summer time idea. My kids will be excited to help.

  27. Oh now these are so cute, what a fun idea! I never knew how easy these were to make, I am really going to have to try these. What a fun way to impress guests!

  28. I had never even thought of making these. That’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  29. I never thought about making your own sugar cubes. That would be the frugal way to go.

  30. traceynicole says:

    I never thought to make these. I had an afternoon tea bridal shower in March and these would have been the perfect touch!

  31. Christie says:

    I’d love to make my own for future tea parties with my girl. This is adorable!

  32. SippyCupMom says:

    These are so cute! I’d love to make my own.

  33. Debbie Lamb says:

    Oh my these would be perfect for a shower! Pinned!!!

  34. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says:

    Ok, I definitely have never thought to make my own sugar cubes. There are lots of party ideas you could use these for!

  35. Elizabeth @ Food Ramblings says:

    Homemade sugar cubes….perfect for a bridal shower!

  36. Chrystal M. says:

    What a great idea. That would be so much fun to do for an tea party.

  37. Christina Shirley says:

    These are so cute! They’d be adorable for a little girl’s tea party or even a baby/bridal shower.

  38. Laura Hinckley says:

    I love love making my own sugar cubes. I find its therapy to color and decorate them after. You did a wonderful job. I do go a little crazy and make mine look like gifts haha bad part is no one wants to use them lol. They are truly beautiful :) Thanks for sharing.

  39. That’s really neat! This is a great idea for a party…you could match the sugar cube colors to the rest of the decor.

  40. I never thought to make my own sugar cookies for my daughter’s tea parties!

  41. Veronica Solomon says:

    They look so cute. I can’t eat that much sugar but I am sure they were delicious

  42. Those are super fancy and a great addition to a party. I didn’t even know you could do something like that!

  43. This is such a great idea. I don’t know why I didn’t think you could do homemade sugar cubes.

  44. This would be a sweet idea for a party. Get it, sweet? :)

  45. I love that you can add a bit of color to them! I have never even thought about making my own- thank you for the idea!

  46. WhispersInspire says:

    OMG, this is so pretty. Didn’t know it was so easy to do this!

  47. Debbie Denny says:

    Great and easy idea. Wish I could have sugar.

  48. Angela S says:

    I have made these a few times. The plastic candy molds work great for this. I like the pretty blue.

  49. These would be perfect for tea parties. Or even a dessert and coffee party.

  50. This is a really neat idea. I’ll have to do this with my little girls. They will love making sugar cubes.

  51. Carly Anderson says:

    What a cute idea! I love that they can match any decor!

  52. Candy Olivares says:

    What a fabulous idea!! If I had girls, we’d def be making these!

  53. MOMMY2JAM says:

    This is so perfect for a party that I am planning. Thanks for sharing

  54. Danielle says:

    What a great idea for a tea party! It never crossed my mind to make sugar cubes or even color them.

  55. How neat! Thanks for the idea.

  56. Cute idea! Great way to save money indeed for a tea party!

  57. Michelle says:

    How cute! Now I need a girl to have a tea party with hehe

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