I have been able to dress in lolita only once since this semester of graduate school started, which makes me both sad and even more determined to lolify my general lifestyle. So, this is the first entry in a little cooking series I plan to run on this blog. This recipe/guide is super simple, but it lets you add another little touch of “lolitaness” to your lifestyle: homemade sugar cubes!
You could always buy sugar cubes, of course. The benefit of making them yourself is that you get to really fine-tune them. I bought a heart-shaped chocolate silicon mold for this project, and the end result is really cute. I was tempted to buy rose/flower molds, but I couldn’t find any with small enough cavities for what I wanted. Anyway, feel free to play with this recipe. You can add coloring to tint them your favorite color, you can add vanilla, almond, or peppermint extract to flavor them, and you can even add shredded rose petals to your sugar cubes! Really, make these to fit your lolita lifestyle.
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- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon water
That’s it. These are not firm measurements, but more of a ratio. I’ll show you how my sugar looked when properly mixed, and I’ll also show you what happened when I added too much water.
- Add the sugar to a mixing bowl.
- Pour in the water.
- Press the dampened sugar into your mold. Make sure to pack it in as tightly as you can.
- The next step is to let the sugar cubes dry. One recipe variation I found said letting them dry on the counter overnight worked, and another one said that they would be done in 30 minutes. I turned my oven on to 250 degrees F and put my mold in for 10 minutes.
They were perfect when they came out.
Put them in an air-tight container when they’re dry. Some of the other online recipes I found said they would last up to a year, but another said they were good for up to two years. I plan on making them in these small batches anyway, so I don’t think I’ll ever run into their expiration date.
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This is a little gallery of what happened when I added more water to the remains of the original mixture. I mixed, pressed, and baked them the same way I did the first batch.
In terms of how wet the sugar should be, the easiest answer is “not very.” If you accidentally add too much water and the mixture starts to look transparent, the sugar is dissolving and you need to just add more sugar.
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These were super easy to make, and I’ll definitely make more when these are all used up (which should take about a week). Maybe I’ll try and make them purple next time, but maybe not. I think that these would make an excellent little gift for someone, especially if they were cute shapes or a fun color.
This was not a very messy project, but I did end up with loose granules of sugar all over my work space. Clean-up was really easy, though, so you shouldn’t have any reservations about making sugar “cubes.”
Please let me know how these turn out if you make them! I’d love to see your pictures of your cute, custom sugar drops.