Homemade Sugar Cubes

DIY, Holiday

Homemade Sugar Cubes (Great Gift!)

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.

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.

Homemade Sugar Cubes (Great Gift!)

How to Make Homemade Sugar Cubes

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.

Simply, mix together sugar and a bit of water together (exact measurements are below) until it resembles wet sand. Then pack the silicon mold very tightly.

Allow the sugar cubes to dry overnight. And then pop them out of silicon mold.

Homemade Sugar Cubes (Great Gift!)

Homemade Sugar Cubes (Great Gift!)

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.

After that, just pop ‘em out! And you’re all done. Sweet holiday cuteness and not for 40 pounds/dollars.

Homemade Sugar Cubes (Great Gift!)

Homemade Sugar Cubes

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 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. 
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
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Sugar Cubes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 23
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply Amy December 4, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Oh, this is such a sweet idea, I love it!

  • Reply Bella December 4, 2015 at 8:17 am

    What great idea, They turned out so cute I will have to try this out!


  • Reply DessertForTwo December 4, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Ok, I have this super chic friend who has this awesome design blog. She just invited me over to her house (her freaking perfect all white house!), and I’ve been racking my brain for cool hostess gift ideas. This is it! Yay! Thank you! Off to buy cute silicone baking molds!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme December 4, 2015 at 9:25 am

      YAS Do it. My dream used to be to have an all white house but like I like chocolate and have a dog and enjoy not being a psycho. So now it’s all heather grey. 🙂

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 4, 2015 at 8:27 am

    OMG so cute!!!! You should make these with your fruit sugars!!! Also, I cannot believe someone would sell that for 30 pounds. Only at Harrod’s..

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme December 4, 2015 at 9:24 am

      I know! I thought about doing that! I’ve seen pink sugar cubes and have thought to make fruit-flavored ones. SO CUTE!

  • Reply Lydia December 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Hi Adrianna!

    A few questions: What are your thoughts on using brown sugar? Or adding a drop or two to the white sugar to make pastel sugar cubes? And you mixed by hand, right?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme December 4, 2015 at 10:02 am

      I think brown will totally work. It may just take longer to dry out. You can always make your own brown sugar, too, with a drop of molasses. And yes, feel free to make them colored with a bit of food coloring. (I’d maybe wear gloves since the dye might get onto your hands.)

  • Reply Ashley@blondegirlcravings December 4, 2015 at 10:23 am

    What a fun idea. I think I might make these for teacher gifts with some fun tea bags!

  • Reply stephanie @ iamafoodblog December 4, 2015 at 11:52 am

    ahh!! you made them 🙂 too CUTE!!
    i’ve gotta get my hands on some tiny cute molds now!!


  • Reply Allison from Baking: a Love Story December 4, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Suuuuper cute.

  • Reply Suz December 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I’ve done this with flavored sugars. Adding a bit of bourbon instead of water is amazing. Or lemon or lime zest.

  • Reply Elizabeth Cooper December 4, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    This is such a genius idea! My husband loves sugar cubes in his coffee (it’s so much easier than dipping in with a teaspoon). I think I’ll slip these in his stocking stuffer this year. 🙂 Thanks for the awesome gift idea!

  • Reply Kari December 4, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    What a great idea!

  • Reply Kathleen December 4, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Perhaps infuse with some angostura bitters and gift them with a bottle of bubbly for Champagne cocktails

  • Reply Chirag Dua December 4, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    When I came on your this Post, I surprised How can I Make Sugar cube with Water 🙂 but Now Its easy to make SUgar Cube for me.. Have a blast day for you..

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  • Reply Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry December 5, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Now these sugar cubes are downright adorable! They would be great in a gift package with some fancy ass tea, a sugar jar and a tiny spoon.

  • Reply ffi December 8, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I am so doing these tonight 🙂 thank you !

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme December 9, 2015 at 9:44 am

      YAY! Let me know how it goes!

      • Reply ffi December 14, 2015 at 6:33 am

        Ok I didn’t do them that night but I did do them… I mixed a little vanilla extract and pink food colouring and used a flower shaped ice cube tray. Very easy and very pleased – they will be put into a recycled decorated jar and given as a gift to my friend who I know will love them big style…

  • 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!

  • 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 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 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 Marissa January 8, 2016 at 8:01 am

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

  • 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 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.

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  • 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 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 Misty December 5, 2017 at 3:34 pm

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

  • 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.”