How to make pink sugar

Updated April 17, 2017

Coloured sugar can add a finishing touch to any cake, cupcake or dessert. Making your own coloured sugar at home is much cheaper than buying pre-made coloured sugars. Also, by making the coloured sugar at home, you are able to create a much wider variety of colours than those available from shops. Sugar colours can be custom made to match the occasion and decor. Making pink sugar at home is simple and fun.

Place the desired amount of sugar into the plastic bag. The amount of coloured sugar you need determines the amount to colour.

Put a small amount of the pink food colouring on a toothpick, add it to the sugar in the bag and close the bag. Colouring the sugar is not science -- it is a trial-and-error process until you get the colour you want, so there is no exact measurement.

Shake the plastic bag vigorously until the food colouring is evenly distributed. You may have to squeeze the sugar through the bag with your hands to ensure the colour is completely blended in.

Add more colouring if the colour of the sugar is not dark enough. If the colour of the sugar is too dark, add more sugar. Shake the bag until the colour is completely incorporated and the desired shade of pink is reached.

Store in a plastic bag or airtight container until ready to use.


Liquid food colouring can be used, but too much will make the sugar soggy.

Only add a very small amount of colouring to begin with. The more colouring that is added, the darker the sugar will be.


Be careful when handling the pink food colouring, because it can stain fabrics.

Things You'll Need

  • Sealable plastic bag
  • Sugar
  • Pink paste food colouring
  • Toothpick
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Reese Armstrong graduated from Kent State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. Armstrong has been writing professionally since 2010 and published articles on various websites. For several years she worked as a skin care consultant for a major cosmetic company.