Monday, February 8, 2010

Fancy Sugar "Cubes" for Tea Tutorial

A tea is really fancy when there are many little, pretty details. Yes, sugar cubes are fancy--but these sugar "cubes" will make your tea more so, and let's face it, can a tea ever be too fancy? It is actually quite simple to make these pretties, and I know you will be pleased with your efforts.
For each sugar color, I used the following ingredients: 1) 1/2 cup of white sugar, 2) one drop of food coloring [Don't use more than one little drop of food coloring, or your colors will be too deep. Pastel colors are always more delicate and pretty for a tea.], and 3) 1 teaspoon of water.
Mix the water and coloring with the sugar thoroughly. The sugar will be damp. Press the sugar firmly into pretty, small-sized candy molds. Clean any excess sugar off around the tops of the molds so that sugars have no "furry" edges after they harden.
Allow to harden at least 12 hours in the molds. Wiggle the shapes a bit then pop them out of the molds onto a plate. They will have shrunk in size some and should come out easily. Let harden several hours more decorative shape up.
Put on a pretty plate or into a clear sugar bowl for your tea!


Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

This is amazing!!! I would never be able to imagine how pastel sugar can be made! They are so beautiful!

Pei Li

Dayhomemama said...

Now those are definitely doable, thanks for the easy tutorial! I am going to use my heart candy molds, they will make great cubes for my Valentines day dinner!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

What a great idea and tutorial! Thanks so much.

treasurefield said...

Oh! I'm head-over-heels for those! Now I want to have a tea just for an excuse to make/have fancy sugar "cubes".
One of my mom's sisters had a tea last year for their other sister. She collects tea cups and we got to use them. She made us all wear funny hats so we wouldn't take ourselves too seriously. Hehe! Couldn't have much more fun than that!
I'm going to add your tutorial to the list of projects and tutes on my blog. Thanks for sharing. Bottoms up!
~alisa R.

The Cookie Girl said...

These are beautiful and so dainty. I have the Old Country Rose China as well. It has always been my favorite. Great Post!

Holly Days Closet said...

This is such a wonderful idea I'm going to make some up I think some of these, tea, and a mug in a basket will make a nice gift.

Marie said...

What a fantastic idea and so very pretty Michele!! I'll have to file this away for future use!! xxoo

Stefanie said...

Oh Michele, that is lovely!!!What a great idea! Thanks for showing this!
We have the same teacup, really!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.....
Your little sugar molded treats are so pretty & look lovely on the saucer of the tea cup! How elegant!!
Wonderful tutorial....

Pauline said...

Sweet post, Michele. Seriously, this is something I can try. Many thanks :o)

God bless you.

Sarah said...

What a fantastic and easy tutorial! I am going to have to give this a try! Thanks for the tip!

ginny said...

I went out and bought my candy molds and cannot wait to try these. I am having a Valentine Tea on Saturday for my little girlies and I think these will be so pretty! Thanks for the idea!

paperbutterfly said...

What a wonderful tutorial!! I will definately try this and when I do I will post on my blog(if the results are as adorable as yours)

I hope you do more in the near future!

silk purse said...

I love, love,love this idea!..,

So sweet!~( No pun intended)!..,

Although I have seen these dear little sugar cubes before, I must know follow your instuctions and make some of these pretty little pastel sugar cubes for my afternoon tea's as well as for my Bed and Breakfast!..,

Thanks so much for sharing!

Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen, (and also @ Silken Purse)

Duchess of Tea said...

Michele darling thanks so much for visiting me regularly and for the sweet and caring comments you leave behind. I treasure our friendship and wanted to wish you a lovely weekend and a love filled Valentine’s Day. The sugar idea is excellent.

Love & Hugs

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

That is the sweetest! I love the pastel colors! Wouldn't this be nice at a shower! I must remember this!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

What an adorable idea! I'm going to use it for my next tea, something I'm going to start with my granddaughters for a tradition with Grandma! Thanks!!

Happy Valentines Day! hugs, Sherry

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

Hi, hope you won't mind one more follower tagging along. The sugar shapes are the prettiest thing I have seen for a long time thankyou, will have to go in search of the candy molds now - never seen any in the uk but the search is on.

Cindy Geilmann said...

Hi Michele's, I've missed our visits. I've been busy helping to move our shop. Right now I with my hubby up in the mountains of Utah at a favorite Inn. I brought my computer so I could visit some friends. I love you estate sale finds. Especially the purple flowered tea pot and the little cup and saucer. I'll buy them for $25.00.What is that a hundred and 10 percent profet. Really, I'm not kidding. Here's my e-mail, let me know.

I loved my visit, your the best!
Love and Hugs

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Just saw this on Pinterest and had to tell you how lovely these are!! I never would've thought they would be so easy to make! Thanks for sharing how.