Homemade Sugar Cubes {2 Ingredients}

Learn how to make easy homemade sugar cubes with 3 simple ingredients! Any shape, size and color is possible! Use it to decorate cakes, cupcakes. Great for tea parties.

Cubes of sugar were easily available at grocery stores when I was growing up but they are not that commonly available now. A friend showed me how to make them and it’s very simple. It’s a fun sugar craft, just like these Royal Icing Flowers (Sugar Flowers) or these Sugared Cranberries (Candied Cranberries) or even these Homemade Sprinkles.

2 ingredients for DIY sugar cubes:

  1. Sugar
  2. Water
  3. Food coloring (Optional)
Homemade Sugar Cubes in Beige Dish on Rustic Gray Background

How to make sugar cubes from scratch?

  1. Make sugar mixture- By mixing together granulated sugar and water.
  2. Color mixture- This is optional.
  3. Make shapes- This can be done with mini cutters or a candy mold.
  4. Let it dry- Until the cubes harden.
  5. Enjoy- Keep away from moisture and heat.
Easy Old Fashioned DIY Sugar Cubes on Rustic Gray Background


Sweetening beverages- Like tea, coffee, champagne and cocktails.

Decorating desserts- Like cakes, cupcakes, brownies and bars.

Homemade gifts- Pack them in a fancy box for a beautiful edible gift.

Serving at parties- Such as fancy tea parties or at cocktail hour.


Make other shapes and sizes- This can easily be accomplished with various shapes of of molds and small cookie cutters. We made sugar hearts and sugar stars but you can get super creative!

Try other colors- Liquid food coloring can dissolve the sugar. So, I highly recommend using gel colors, which are thicker and more concentrated and vibrant as well.

Add extracts- This will add flavor to the sugar. Try vanilla, almond, mint, peppermint e.t.c.

Add zests- Such as orange zest, lemon zest or lime zest.

Make rainbow colored cubes- By mixing different colors of sugars together partially. Then, use your hands to pack the sugar down tightly and then use cutters to cut out pieces or simply use a mold.

Use to decorate desserts- They must be completely dry and firm before they are used on cakes and cupcakes.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Sugar Decorations

Tips and Techniques

Measure ingredients properly- Don’t eyeball anything. If you add too much water, the sugar will dissolve and you won’t end up with a crumbly mixture.

Cutters vs. Molds- Either can be used. Molds are much easier. If using cutters, make sure they are mini cutters.

Water quantity may vary- Depending on where you live and your weather conditions, you might need to add more or less water. I usually start off with 1 tbsp water and use a dropper to add 1 drop of water at a time, until I end up with a chunky mixture.

Let them dry completely– These pieces are very fragile when they come out of the cutter. So, don’t try to move them too much or else they will break. If you are using a mold, let the sugar mixture dry completely in the mold and then flip it over gently onto a sheet of wax paper/ parchment paper and they should fall out easily.

How to thicken sugar mixture- Mix in more sugar.

How to make sugar mixture thinner- Mix in more water.

Granulated sugar vs. Brown sugar vs. Powdered sugar- Either brown or granulated sugar can be used. Brown sugar can obviously not be colored. Powdered sugar as well as artificial sweeteners cannot be used at all.

For classic shape- Use cube candy mold.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Star Decorations


Room temperature- In a covered box away from heat and moisture for up to 1 month.

Refrigerate- This is not recommended since the moisture can ruin the shape of the cubes and can cause them to dissolve partially.

Freeze– This is also not recommended since the moisture can ruin the shape of cubes.

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Homemade Sugar Cubes (Hearts and Stars)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Learn how to make homemade sugar cubes with 3 simple ingredients! Any shape and color is possible! Use it to decorate cakes and cupcakes.
Yield: 6 Sugar hearts


  • 1 cup Sugar, Granulated
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • Gel coloring, Optional


  • Add sugar and water in a small bowl and mix everything until you have a rough,chunky mixture.
  • Divide the sugar mixture into separate small bowls and add different gel colorings into each bowl.
  • Mix the color thoroughly into the sugar mixture with a spoon.
  • Spread the sugar mixture on a
    cookie tray. Use your hands to really push down the mixture tightly. Then, press your small cutters into this mixture.
  • Now, remove the cutter from the mixture and gently place it on a sheet of wax paper. Tap the cutter lightly and the sugar piece will just come out.
  • Let the pieces dry overnight on the sheet of wax paper or until they harden. Once they are hard, you can store them in a plastic container away from moisture, humidity and sunlight. 
  • Instead of cutters, you can use a small candy mold. Fill the molds with crumbly sugar mixture and let it dry completely (overnight is best) at room temperature. Then, flip it over gently onto a sheet of wax paper/ parchment paper and the cubes should fall out easily. Enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.


Calories: 387kcal, Carbohydrates: 99g, Sodium: 1mg, Sugar: 99g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 387
Author: Abeer Rizvi

16 comments on “Homemade Sugar Cubes {2 Ingredients}”

  1. OMGosh so cute! I am so glad I ran across this pin on Pinterest, I’m trying to learn the “how to’s” on fondant, cake pops & cake decorating, your tutorials are great & I have pinned them all, thanks for sharing

  2. So Sorry I hit the post button to soon, duh! Anyways I have subscribed to your blogs, I luved the pages i have read so far! cant wait to get’em ! I do have a question, on making your fondant does it matter if your marshmallows are stale or should they be fresh? Also do you have a tutorial on decorating & covering a cake with fondant? Thanks for your help & sharing!!

    • I made fondant once with stale marshmallows and it was a disaster. Stale marshmallows are harder than fresh marshmallows. They take longer to melt and don’t melt properly at all. You end up with little pieces of unmelted marshmallow chunks. So, when you make fondant with that chunky melted marshmallows, your fondant also ends up having little bits and pieces in them. It’s not smooth and horrible to work with. I really don’t recommend using stale marshmallows.

      I am about to do a tutorial for covering a cake with marshmallow fondant coz I have been getting so many requests for it. The posting will probably go live early next month 🙂

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