Recently while reading a Country Living magazine, I came across the cutest heart-shaped sugar cubes. The magazine shared where they could be ordered but I decided to try making my own. I thought they would be fun for parties, especially tea parties or to offer guests with coffee after dinner.
Instead of white cubes as shown in the article, I decided to color mine. Since it’s so close to Easter, I settled on pink and lavender.
You are not going to believe how easy it is to make your own little sugar cubes. You’ll need 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of water and any shade of food coloring you wish to use. Or, you can skip the food coloring and just let them be white.
I had just added the water and a touch of violet food coloring in the photo below. These Wilton food dyes are super concentrated so the tiniest bit will do.
Just stir up the sugar, water and food coloring with a spoon. Scrape the bottom and corners of your bowl/cup to get all the sugar. I added a touch more food coloring during the process. I always start with less than I think I’ll need and add a teensy bit as I go along. That way I don’t add too much at the start and end up with a darker color than I really want.
Don’t add any more water than just the 1/2 teaspoon or you’ll end up disolving your sugar. The sugar should feel and look a bit like wet sand.
Press your damp sugar into little silicon ice cube molds. Be sure to press really firmly so your sugar will hold tight together. I always buy these molds at Dollar Tree or Michaels. They usually have them in fun shapes depending on the season and time of year. 1/4 cup of sugar makes about 8 sugar hearts. If you wish to make more, just double or triple the recipe.
Once you’ve pressed the sugar firmly down into the mold, turn the mold over and the hearts will fall right out onto a plate. They turn out of the molds very easily.
If one breaks when you turn it out, just press it back into the mold and then turn it back out again.
I placed the plate directly into the freezer uncovered and left it there for a couple of hours. The cubes hardened up nicely. Once they hardened up and were no longer so fragile, I tucked them into a baggy and returned them to the refrigerator. You can store them in either the refrigerator or the freezer. They hold together well once they harden up in the freezer. Update: These keep well for a long time but they look their best when used within 2-3 weeks of making them.
Right after you take them out of the freezer, that’s a good time to clean up the edges of the heart. The little sugar crumbs around the edges break off easily and will leave a cleaner/neater looking edge.
Of course, I had to set up a little tea tray to see how they looked in action.
The silicone ice trays come in every imaginable shape, so make your sugar cubes in whatever shape or motif you wish.
These are so easy to make. Imagine making them in Orange for Halloween, Red for Valentine’s Day. White would be beautiful for a bridal shower. Pink and lavender is pretty for Easter and Mother’s Day.
Here’s a printable version of the above recipe/tutorial. Have fun making your sugar cubes!
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon water
- Food Coloring (Optional) I use Wilton Icing Color.
- Silicone mold in any shape you like (To save time use several molds)
- Measure sugar into a measuring cup
- Add water
- Add a teensy bit of food coloring (err on the side of too little) and stir well
- If the color is too light, add a teensy bit more food coloring.
- Once sugar and water are mixed well and the color is correct, press sugar into a silicone mold of your choosing. They come in all shapes and sizes.
- Turn the mold over just above a plate and the cubes will fall right out.
- Place plate with cubes in a freezer for 1-2 hours until they are well hardened. Once hardened they can be stored in a container in the refrigerator for future use.
Wilton Icing Colors are super concentrated so I normally just dip a toothpick into the color and then into my recipe. If you need more, use the other end of the tooth pick or a new one to avoid getting any sugar into your Wilton color icing.
If a cube breaks when you're turning them out, just firmly press the sugar back into the mold and turn it out again. This recipe makes approximately 8 sugar cubes so just double or triple the recipe to make the number you need.
Love tea parties? Here are a few you may enjoy:
Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
St. Patrick’s Day Tea
Here’s a tutorial for making “flower ice cubes” with square heart ice cube trays. Sorry about my early photography in that post. It’s pretty rough.
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