How to Make Flavored Sugar Cubes
I recently hosted a tea party for a friend who had retired. She did not want a big party, just a few friends enjoying themselves at a low-key event.
Trying to come up with little touches that would make the afternoon special, I decided to add flavored sugar cubes. I thought they would look lovely on a table filled with cakes, cookies and tea.
You don't see sugar cubes very often anymore. When I was a kid, I always looked forward to going to a nice restaurant because I knew that there'd be a bowl of them on the table, and that I was going to get a sweet treat at the end of the meal.
Flavored sugar cubes are incredibly easy to make. They can be made in any shape, color or flavor, and add a unique homemade touch to any event. Just follow these simple instructions.
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon water
- Liquid flavoring (I use hard candy flavoring since it is stronger than some extracts)
- Food color ( I use the gel type as it produces really vibrant colors without adding too much liquid to the mixture)
- Candy molds (Try to find shallow ones)
Depending on the size of your mold, this recipe makes about 15 sugar cubes. It can easily be doubled.
Pour sugar into a cup or bowl
I use natural flavoring when making these. A little goes a long way, so add slowly and taste. I add 1/8 teaspoon at a time.
For these cubes, I used orange and lemon flavors. Both are delicious in tea, and the orange is especially awesome in a cup of coffee.
Do you remember sugar cubes?
Add food coloring and stir
I like to use gel food coloring. You won't need much of it. I only dipped my fork about 1/8 of an inch into the coloring and got this bright yellow.
One thing to keep in mind about the coloring is that as the sugar cubes dry, the color get lighter.
Mix completely. The mixture should be the consistency of slightly wet sand. It won't set well if it is too dry, so add a drop of water at a time to moisten if needed.
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Press mixture into mold
Did you know?
The first sugar cube was invented in Moravia in 1843, by a man named Jakub Krystof Rad.
Source: The New York Times
Candy molds from craft or baking stores are perfect for this project. Use ones that are not too deep or the cubes will take a long time to dry.
- Spoon some of the sugar into each shape and press firmly into the mold. Use adequate pressure and make sure that the shape is completely filled. I just use a clean finger to do this, but you can also use the back of a spoon or another object.
- Use a slightly damp paper towel or clean paint brush to wipe off any excess sugar around the shapes.
- Set aside to dry. I leave my molds out overnight so the cubes are nice and hard when I remove them.
- Once they are out of the mold, gently clean off the edges.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.
Be careful when taking the cubes out of the molds. While they are fairly hard when done, they can break if not handled gently. My daughter loves this part because she gets to sample the ones that break.
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My friend loved her retirement party and the flavored sugar cubes were a hit. Like some of the other guests, she had not seen them in many years and remembered them fondly. As a keepsake, I wrapped up the remaining cubes in a pretty box and gave them to her.
For an added touch of elegance at your next special occasion, try making sugar cubes. They are sure to be a hit.
© 2013 Claudia Mitchell