DIY Colored Sugar Topping



I threw a birthday party for my son and daughter last week. For the 1st time I decided to make everything from scratch. The cupcakes, frosting and the colored sugar topping. (I will post the recipe for the cupcakes and topping soon). I cannot understand why I have been buying box mixes and toppings! It is so easy to make it all from scratch and it tastes so much better too! 


My daughter wanted purple sugar topping on her cupcakes so I decided to make it myself.  

Colored Sugar

DIY Colored Sugar Topping
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  1. 1 Cup of Sugar
  2. Food Coloring of your choice
  3. My daughter wanted purple so I added 4 drops of red and 4 drops of blue food coloring on the sugar and put it in my Kitchen-Aid (our you could use any mixer) and mix until fully blended to the desired color. The 1 cup of sugar was enough for 12 cupcakes plus I had some left over which I put in a plastic zip-loc bag for next time.
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Why buy it when you can make it yourself for a fraction of the cost!


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  1. Easy to follow recipe.. and i bet they enjoyed them!

  2. Great idea and useful in so many recipes and projects!! Very fun!!

  3. That is such a great ideas to make your own using a mixer.

  4. Thanks for the tip. We have a birthday next month and we can’t use regular icing so this will be a great way to spruce up cupcakes.

  5. I feel like an idiot for not figuring this out earlier…too simple!

  6. Great idea. Simple and cool! Love this

  7. I can think of about a thousand ways to use these. Thanks!

  8. A great recipe, which is great to see that you did it from scratch!

    How was the outcome, did your kids like them?

  9. Such a great idea! I much prefer making things than buying, especially when it’s cheaper and the kids will have a blast with this!

  10. I love this idea and could probably think of a million uses for this!

  11. Oh wow, I haven’t seen this idea before! And I actually like the multi-color you came out with!

  12. Wow. How easy and awesome. My daughter will love to make some pink sugar!

  13. How fun and useful! Making things yourself is cheaper, too!

  14. It’s that easy? Wow.

  15. This is a great and easy way to make all kinds of pretty colored sugar for cookies etc! Thanks for the tip!

  16. this would be great to make, we have a mixer like this and this looks yummy and fun to make.

  17. Loooks So Yummy To Me Thank You For The Recipe Must Make With The Kids!!

  18. So smart! Why on earth have I been paying for colored sugar!?! I am definitely going to try this!

  19. Looks Yummy & So Easy To Make Thank You!

  20. I do love making things from scratch and would rather spend the time doing it than the money. I love your creative endeavor and glad every thing turned out so well.

  21. Now I am trying to think of something that needs colored sugar on it. I want to make this, it looks so easy! And yummy!

  22. I always wanted to know this! Thanks girl.

  23. I bet they both had fun and your guest too!! You idea is brilliant!

  24. I am always a fan of baking simplicity. Coloured sugar is ridiculously easy to make and what a huge saver of time AND money!! Thank you for sharing!

  25. My kids will find this so much fun to do when we bake our next round of cakepops.

  26. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I always think the same thing. A lot of what we buy is so easy to make.

  27. Cool idea. I have never thought to make the colored sugar topping myself before.

  28. I do this often and it works out really good! Plus it is a ton cheaper than going out and buying each individual color!

  29. Angela S says:

    This would be great to have on hand for when something needs a little something extra special on top.

  30. I love making colored sugar. I like that I can make it as strong or as mellow as I want. And it’s fun ot decorate all kinds of desserts with.

  31. Shauna says:

    That is really cool. I would never have thought of just adding food coloring. That is just genius! Thanks for sharing

  32. I had NO IDEA I could color sugar. . . and I think that I am pretty crafty! I cant wait to create with this : )

  33. Making your own is really more cost-friendly and the advantage is that you can control how much sugar you want to put into food.

  34. this is a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing

  35. Maria Oller says:

    What a great idea it will look wonderful on top of the cupcakes am currently baking!

  36. I love this idea! Not only would it be fun to make, it would also taste awesome and the possibilities are endless!

  37. Wow, I pay so much for colored sugars. It is nice that you can make it yourself.

  38. So cute and easy! There are so many ways to use this!

  39. This is a neat trick. I may need to try it.

  40. michele d says:

    WOW! I heard thought of doing this. What a great idea! I will try it sometime. Thanks for sharing your tips

  41. Easy and fun…right up my alley!

  42. Chasity Boatman says:

    I never thought to make this from scratch before. It seems really simple.

  43. How cute! Love how simple this is to do, and the color of your sugar came out so pretty! I need to try this!

  44. I love this idea will definitely copy your recipe thanks for sharing

  45. Hm! I never would have thought to do this!

  46. I have always wondered how to do this. I have been getting more into baking- thanks for the tip.

  47. I’ve done this before. it’s a great way to dress up desserts.

  48. Very cool, better than buying it!

  49. I love how simple it is.

  50. I love the idea!!! I can’t wait to try to color me some sugar and make some pretty cupcakes!

  51. Clever Mama! I do the same and you see what you put in vs God only knows the extra x number of preservatives that go into store bought!!

  52. I haven’t done it in a long time, but that’s a great reminder to do it again. Love it!

  53. How fun.. thanks for sharing how to make it yourself.. I would have never thought it would the THAT easy and probably spend uddles of money just to have it colored… Love it…

  54. What a great idea!!! I’m going to try this for birthday parties!!!

  55. Wow gorgeous! I love love love that sugar topping!

  56. Awesome tutorial. It’s easy to follow and my favorite color is purple so this one is great! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. You have some great ideas! I like this! and you’re right, doing it (especially when it’s this easy) is so much better than buying it!

  58. Wow, this is totally awesome – first time I see a diy colored sugar topping like this.

  59. What a great idea! Thank you for the tip!

  60. How fun is this! This is such a cool idea. Thanks for sharing, my boys will love this.

  61. An awesome way to decorate. Love this

  62. WOW! This looks really really easy. I myself can do it ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. Such a great tip. Would love to see a photo of the completed cupcakes!

  64. How cool. We are having a sleepover tonight, and this is so easy, I think I’m going to do it with the girls. Thanks!

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