Homemade Sugar Cubes
Sugar cubes are so easy to make at home. You can dye and flavor the sugar, then use candy molds to form it into fun shapes. This method is perfect for crafting sweet bites for birthday parties, baby or bridal showers, or holiday meals. Serve them alongside your favorite tea for a truly elegant presentation.
Ingredients Steps Ingredients 1 cup/7 ounces sugar 1 tablespoon water Optional: food coloring of your choice Optional: 1/8 teaspoon flavoring of your choice (i.e. mint extract, almond extract, vanilla extract, etc.) Steps to Make It Gather the ingredients.
Place the sugar in a bowl, and add the water. Stir until all of the sugar is moistened.
If you want to add coloring and flavoring, add just a tiny bit of color and the flavoring, and stir everything together.
If the color is not dark enough, continue to add a small amount and stir it in a bit at a time—it's better to be cautious than to add too much and have a color that's too dark. By the end, the sugar should have the texture of wet sand and clump together when you squeeze it in your palm.
If it seems too dry, add a small spoonful of water at a time until you get a workable texture.
Use a spoon to heap the sugar into the mold's cavities and then firmly press it down into the mold. Make sure that you compact it well so that it holds together and takes the form of the mold well.
Once all the cavities are filled with packed sugar, use a brush or a pastry scraper to remove any excess wet sugar from the tops of the molds.
For the best results, the sugar should dry completely before being removed. You can let it sit out at room temperature, where it might take anywhere from an hour to overnight for the sugar to be set enough to remove—it depends on the consistency of the sugar you started with, the humidity, and the depth and size of the molds.
Alternately, if your molds are microwave-safe, you can microwave them for a short period of time to remove moisture from the sugar and speed the drying process. All microwave times will vary but start with 25 to 30 seconds.
Let the mold cool briefly after microwaving, then trying gently flipping out the sugar shapes. Adjust the microwaving and resting time as necessary to get the cleanest shapes upon removal from the molds.
After the shapes are removed, let them sit at room temperature to make sure they're perfectly dry all the way through.
Sugar cubes can be kept indefinitely in an airtight container at room temperature. They are fairly sturdy but do be careful packaging them, as they are also brittle and can be scuffed or broken.
Variation For an additional treat, omit the flavoring extract and make these sugar cubes with flavored sugars instead, such as vanilla sugar, lavender sugar, or lemon sugar.
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Make Your Own Colored Sugar
This is a ridiculously simple concept but it's a cost-saving effort that requires no special supplies and takes just a couple of minutes.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
You need: Sugar Food coloring Fork Bowl Plate
You can use liquid food color, gel food color or paste food color. Liquid is the easiest to mix into the sugar and only slightly more is needed to get deeper colors. If all you happen to have is powdered food color, mix some powder with a few drops of alcohol such as vodka, and use as you would liquid food coloring.
Put the sugar in a bowl and add food color.
Mix together using a fork or your fingers. As the color saturates all of the crystals, you'll get a good idea of how deep the color is. Add more color or sugar to adjust the depth of color.
Step 4: Drying Picture of Drying Picture of Drying When all of the sugar is saturated with color, spread the colored sugar on a plate and let sit out to dry. This may take an hour or so. Once the sugar is dry it will have large clumps. Break these up and the sugar will be free-flowing.
How to Make Brown Sugar at Home in 3 Simple Steps
HOW TO MAKE LIGHT BROWN SUGAR INGREDIENTS: 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon molasses DIRECTIONS:
Place the sugar in a medium bowl.
Pour the molasses evenly on top.
Stir with a fork until combined.
Mixing Dark Molasses into the Sugar
There may be a couple of small dark brown lumps; you can squeeze these between your impeccably clean fingers to break them up.
HOW TO MAKE DARK BROWN SUGAR INGREDIENTS: 1 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons molasses DIRECTIONS: Repeat the steps above for light brown sugar.
3 Easy and Creative Ways to Make Sugar Cubes at Home
Ingredients Spoon Fork Ice cube tray (2) 2 cups of white/brown granulated sugar 2 tablespoons of hot water Mixing bowl Oven Microwave Food coloring Flavoring (optional) Plastic candy molds
Without Baking Step 1: Purchase silicone ice cube trays because they are much easier to work with, than your normal plastic ones. You can invest in pretty and cute shape trays like a heart, flower, stars, etc.
Step 2: Grab a bowl and pour ½ white or brown sugar. Add a tablespoon of hot water in the sugar and mix it. Don't try to mix it too hard, otherwise the sugar will dissolve, we don't want to do that. Consider adding food coloring, or you can add few drops of almond, vanilla, or lemon extracts to make flavored cubes.
Step 3: Take your ice tray and fill each block with the sugar mixture, but only half way because they need room to expand.
Step 4: Keep the tray aside in a dry spot so that the water evaporates, and the cubes are properly shaped.
Step 5: Extract each sugar cube by gently tapping at the back of the tray. You can store it in an airtight jar or container for further use.
With Mold Step 1: Take the aforesaid quantity of sugar in a bowl, and add water to it. Mix until all the sugar is wet enough.
Step 2: To spice things up, add a tiny bit of food coloring, but in small amounts, only if you want to do so. Stir it thoroughly, at the end you should get a sand-like texture. If it feels dry, don't hesitate to add a little bit of water until you get the desired texture.
Step 3: Bring out the different shapes of molds you have, and with the help of a spoon fill them with the sugar mixture. You can use the back of the spoon to firmly press the sugar mixture into the molds.
Step 4: Once you have filled the molds, with the help of a brush get rid of excess sugar from the top of these molds.
Step 5: Keep aside the mold tray for an hour or maybe overnight depending on the texture and room temperature. The sugar particles should be dry enough by next day.
Step 6: If you want to speed up the drying process, you can opt to keep the molds in the microwave for a short period of time. The time period varies but you can start with 20 - 30 seconds. After you remove it from the microwave, let it cool down for sometime and try removing the cubes.
Step 7: After you remove them from the molds, let the sugar cubes sit in room temperature to make sure they are completely dry. You can store the cubes in a jar, but be careful as they are brittle so they tend to break at times.
In the Oven
Step 1: Mix sugar into a mixing bowl. You can use any type of granulated sugar like white sugar or the brown one.
Step 2: Add water to the sugar, and mix it gently. We don't want the sugar to dissolve, we want it to have a smooth texture.
Step 3: Next, take a baking pan, you can substitute it with bread pan, any type of metal or glass pan, which is safe to use in the oven. Place a parchment paper, covering the entire pan.
Step 4: Put the sugar mixture on the parchment paper, you can take help of a spatula to spread it out evenly.
Step 5: This is a very important step, using a knife to cut the sugar mixture into the desired shape, mostly cubes. If you fail to do so, you will end up with a sugar block, instead of cubes.
Step 6: Preheat the oven to 120 or 250 degrees Celsius. Put the pan in the oven, and let it sit for an hour.
Step 7: After the time is up, remove the pan from the oven, and let it cool down for at least 15 minutes.
Step 8: Remove the cubes from the pan, and break them up with a knife or your hand. Pop the sugar cubes inside an airtight container for further use.
These homemade sugar cubes are a delight to use in your tea or coffee. You can even use it as decoration for your kids birthday party. Try it. You will enjoy making sugar cubes at home.