original sugar cube tutorial here. Can you say genius! When Lu was 2 she helped me make gum paste flowers for a cake and she absolutely loved the process. Heck, it was basically like playing with playdough! She still talks about how much she loved making them. When I saw these sugar cubes I knew that she would love to make them, but I feared that they would be so hard to make. It turns out they are just sugar and water. Amazing, huh? Lu loved making, decorating, and then using them to decorate her birthday cake. They made the perfect addition for Lu's tea party too!
It turns out though that these guys were almost a disaster. Ready to hear why and hear some hints about how to make them?
My first batch looked like this. Melted sugar cubes are no bueno...let me tell you.
So it was back to the instructions. You are supposed to mix sugar with a tiny bit of water, pound it together, cut out your flowers, and then pop them in the oven for 10 minutes. The first time I put them in the oven they all melted though. Total bummer!!
I did two things to remedy the melting. First, I added a whole lot more sugar to the mixture. There's no amount of sugar to water ratio to add in the original post, so I think my original problem was that I had WAY too much water. You want it to be mostly sugar, ok? It will fall apart and be really crumby. It's ok. I promise. It should look like this.
Then it was oven time. I watched my sugar cubes like a hawk once I put them in the oven. The minute I saw any liquid droplets (like in the picture below) I pull them out immediately. In later batches I reduced the cook time to 8 minutes so no droplets formed.
food coloring markers to decorate the flowers. Lu loved this part!