DIY: Colored Sugar Cupcakes for Valentines!

Here's a sweet treat just in time for Valentine's Day! No time to bake? Take plain, store-bought cupcakes and make them extra special by adding a little something extra. Instead of spending money on colored sugar, why not make your own? Chances are you have the ingredients already. Enjoy!

You'll need:
  • granulated sugar
  • food coloring
  • freezer bags (Ziploc)
  • icing (purchased or made)
  • cupcakes (purchased or made)
  • scissors
  • chopstick or mixing tool, optional

How To:
  • Pour sugar into freezer bag (as much as you think you'll need to decorate cupcakes).
  • Add drops of food coloring to bag of sugar and scrunch bag to mix color. Use a different bag for each color.
  • Once mixed, open bag and allow sugar to dry overnight.
  • Sprinkle your sprinkles on your cupcake to decorate, or roll the cupcake in the sprinkles.
  • Want even more decoration?Take vanilla icing and scoop into a Ziploc bag. Add food coloring and mix with a chopstick. Or seal up bag and scrunch bag around to mix color with icing.
  • Snip off the bottom corner of bag and use to decorate cupcake. I *tried* to get mine in a rose pattern for Valentine's Day. See pic below.
  • Colored sugar goes beyond Valentine's Day, and beyond cupcakes.Try sprinkles on cookies, cakes, or other treats.
  • I was originally going to post this for my Superbowl party, as I made colored sugar sprinkles for the team colors (red and blue this year). This idea could easily transcend to holidays or almost any party.
  • I've always used my colored sugar within a few days of making. However, it could keep for at least a week if properly sealed.
  • Add a couple of drops of peppermint or other flavoring to change the taste of your vanilla icing. Peppermint, for example, would be a great idea for Christmas cupcakes.

PS: Check out my Valentine Drinks here.


  1. Yummy! I want to eat it!

    I tried to make some Valentines cupcakes but they didn't turn out well.

  2. I love these tips, I'm always looking for new ways to decorate cupcakes, Thanks hun!

  3. Too cute! Loving the rose out of icing. So talented!

  4. Elle,

    You just gave me an excellent idea thanks for the tip :)

  5. mmm those look so tasty! i need to make something sweet for valentines day! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  6. Those look so delicious and pretty! You always have the best DIY ideas :)

  7. Stop tempting me!! Those look delicious!

  8. Awesome! I am planning on strawberry cupcakes for Valentines Day and now I think I need to add some red suga on top :)

  9. really great idea but I dont have the patience to decorate my cupcakes. I eat them right after I frost them.

  10. What a sweet Valentine's cupcake

  11. You rocked out those cupcakes! What a great job. I have a feeling mine wouldn't turn out as well as those.

  12. This is a really clever idea! I wouldn't buy coloured sugars but I'd definitely think about making them. X

  13. This is so much better than spending money on the store-bought colored sugar! Thanks for the tip. :)

  14. Cute! Looks super duper sweet though. My teeth hurt just looking at them. :)

  15. Maybe I'll bake these tonight! I want to bring in something pink for valentine's day in the office, but not sure what. This definitely is inspiring the baker in me :)

  16. What a fantastic recipe and it looks super easy to do (even for a non-baker like me....Ha). Thanks for sharing lady


  17. What a fun, easy idea. Thanks ElleSees!

  18. this is the sort of thing that makes me happy that i don't bake, because if i did, then i would make this all the time and become seriously unhealthy. it looks amazingly delicious!

  19. I want to make Valentine's Day cookies!

  20. Nice job, those look awesome! I love that they look like the rose-Happy Valentine's Day...almost!


  21. Simple but clever...love these baking tips, Elle:)

  22. You are so clever!!! Love your baking techniques- your cupcake looks amazing!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  23. They look and sound so good! I'm starved right about now. Just about to make some chocolate covered strawberries for tomorrow :) xoxo

  24. Wow those turned out amazing! Yum.

  25. Never tried this before. Very neat!


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