DIY Project: Making Your Own Colored Sanding Sugar


This is probably one of the most undemanding and yet fun things to do! Making colored sanding sugar is great for that extra kick when decorating your baked goods such as cakes and cupcakes. Let’s get started shall we!


  • sugar (I used pure cane)
  • gel food coloring
  • plastic heavy duty zip lock bags
  • baking tray lined with parchment paper (or aluminum foil will do as well) 
  • wooden spoon (optional)

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What you do is take equal parts amount of sugar and divide the sugar into separate zip lock bags.  Drop about 2 teaspoons of color in each bag filled with sugar and began to knead the sugar into the color with your hands/fingers. I simply just laid the bag on a flat surface (my kitchen countertop) and began to flip the bag over and over as I knead the color into the sugar with the end of my wooden spoon. After the ingredients are well mixed pour the sugar onto parchment paper.


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Set the oven on 350 degrees and bake for about 10 minutes.  When done the sugar will be a bit hard and stuck together.  That is fine and ok.  Just break it up with any utensil you can find.  I used a fork and the bottom of a tiny tin steel cup.


Overall I am happy with how the sugar came out (wish it were a bit shinier) and cannot wait to use it for a future baking project.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow! I always run out of colored sugar. This will be perfect.! 🙂

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    1. Super easy to make and cheaper than buying it! lol

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    2. I hope you tried it!

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      1. I did and they came out perfect! I don’t think I will ever run out again with all the sugar I made 🙂

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      2. Lol so glad I saved you time and money

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