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.