Homemade Sugar Cubes

DIY, Holiday

These Homemade Sugar Cubes make an easy, inexpensive gift. Make them for your friends and family, or make them for yourself! These only require two ingredients: sugar and water!

Homemade Sugar Cubes

For me, a homemade gift needs to be chill to make. If it’s not, then I’ll just buy something, you know? These homemade sugar cubes couldn’t be simpler because they require two ingredients: sugar AND water (which comes out of the tap).

So really, they only require one and you most likely have sugar in your pantry right this very second.

Homemade Sugar Cubes

I got this idea when I was walking through Harrod’s last month with and saw the most adorable sugar cubes evrrrr. There were heart sugar cubes and sphere sugar cubes and sugar cubes shaped like snowflakes. I wanted to buy them ALL and almost did until I saw the price tag of 30 pounds. Umm…yeah no.

Turns out sugar cubes are the simplest thing to make in the world; I’m so glad I decided to DIY this sucker instead of fall for that Harrod’s trap (seriously tho that person is very smart to sell sugar and water for $30—respect!).

The only think you do need to buy is a silicon candy mold. You may have one already, if you don’t, don’t worry because they’re not expensive.

I used this candy mold but you can find others if you like.

How to Make Homemade Sugar Cubes

  1. Simply, mix together sugar and a bit of water together (exact measurements are below) until it resembles wet sand.
  2. Then, pack the silicon mold very tightly.
  3. Allow the sugar cubes to dry overnight.
  4. And then pop them out of silicon mold.
  5. You’ll end up with super cute sugar cubes!

Homemade Sugar Cubes


Tips and Tricks

  • Adapt according to your molds! My molds were sort of deep and they ended up yielding pretty big sugar cubes (perhaps too much for a cup of coffee or tea) so I ended up just filing them about half way and they were perfect!
  • If you place the silicon mold about a foot or two away from the heat source in your house, then they’ll dry even quicker.

If you end up making these, let me know on Instagram! 

Homemade Sugar Cubes Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Drying Time 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Serving Size: 30 sugar cubes (this number will vary depending on the size of your mold)
Calories: 23kcal
This is a step-by-step DIY for Homemade Sugar Cubes. These two-ingredient sugar cubes could not be simpler to make!


  • 1 cup pure cane sugar or white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water


  • In a medium bowl, add the sugar. Pour in the water and and mix vigorously until the water is evenly distributed throughout the sugar. It should feel similar to damp sand. Transfer the sugar to the candy molds and press the granules down until very packed.
  • Air-dry, ideally overnight or at least 6 hours. Pop them out of the molds and transfer to an airtight container.


Other Fun Sugar Cube Ideas: 
  1. If you want the sugar cubes to be a fun color, you can add a teeny drop of food coloring to the sugar/water mixture. Be sure to wear gloves when you mix it all together. 
  2. Add extracts to the sugar mixture such as almond extract, vanilla extract or lemon extract. 
  3. Get creative with the molds. I used a heart silicon mold but this would work in any mold. 
Stainless Steel Bowl | Heart Silicon Molds
CourseCondiment, Holiday
Keywordbrown sugar cubes, heart mold, how much sugar is in a sugar cube, how to make heart shaped sugar cubes, how to make sugar cubes, sugar cubes
Calories: 23kcal
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Homemade Sugar Cubes

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  • Reply Birdy March 6, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    5 stars
    I’m trying this for the first time, so excited! I am a bartender, & I wanted to make some natural cane sugar cubes for some of the cocktails I make. I just made a test batch, but I may dump it back into the bowl & try adding a little bit more water, as I’m afraid that it’s not quite wet enough. Thanks for the tutorial, I am excited!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 7, 2019 at 9:35 am

      ahh amazing! hopefully it works out. it’s definitely a touch and feel kinda of “recipe.”

  • Reply Misty December 5, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Hi! What size jar is in the picture you posted? thanks!

  • Reply Luann D January 18, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Just for fun, I googled ‘how to make sugar cubes’ not even thinking there was an easy way. I am certainly running out today for molds, since I just bought a 5 lb. box of granulated sugar. And adding food coloring makes it perfect all year round. What a great idea!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme January 18, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      awesome. i bet adding food coloring would make these super pretty!

  • Reply Mah November 23, 2016 at 4:27 am

    Hello dear, what a sweet idea!!! I’ll try it but i didn’t understand the latest step, shoud i leave the mold to dry sugars completely and then remove them from mold?
    Please guide me
    And excuse me for bad english

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 23, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Yes, you let them completely dry in the molds before removing them. This way they’ll come out whole and intact!

  • Reply Kathy Biddle January 30, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    I bought the mold likes yours. But over half of mine want to crumble on the tops when I pop them out. I packed them about half full and as tight as i could. I left them over night. I made them twice. They did the same both times. Any advice of what I am doing wrong?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 3, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Hi Kathy, Sorry for my delayed response. I recommend trying it again and adding a teeny bit more water. I found that if it was too dry, it’d come out crumbly.

  • Reply Kathy Biddle January 24, 2016 at 9:27 am

    What kind of sugar did you use In the picture of the sugar hearts? One looks like regular sugar but the other looks darker. Is it raw sugar?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme January 24, 2016 at 9:44 am

      I used pure cane sugar and regular white sugar.

    • Reply Raeez September 1, 2020 at 11:49 pm

      5 stars
      Super helpful.
      Easy to make.

  • Reply Marissa January 8, 2016 at 8:01 am

    I finally made these and they turned out so well! Thanks for sharing these!

  • Reply Erin January 6, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Love this idea! Wish I had seen this before the holidays (not sure how I missed it!) but I’ll be sending them to all my girlfriends for Valentine’s Day instead. Thanks for the great idea.

  • Reply Antigoni | A Pinch of Lemon December 20, 2015 at 7:52 am

    This time of year comes around and I WANT to make homemade gifts but the time and my ability to produce attractive looking gifties slows me down. These are darling and I can absolutely do this! Thanks for the great idea, I love it!!

  • Reply PSH December 12, 2015 at 8:42 am

    What a great idea! I did this only I used vanilla extract instead of the water! Perfect vanilla sugar cubes. Thanks for the idea!

  • Reply rachel s December 8, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I am going to make these for xmas gifts, to go along with homemade vanilla extract! super excited!

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