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Candy Cane Sugar Cubes

 Candy Cane Sugar Cubes
These fanciful sugar cubes are sure to make a splash at your next holiday tea. They're sweet additions to your table and also fabulous gifts.—Kara Cashion, Ottawa, Ontario
126 ServingsPrep: 1 hour + standing

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) sugar cubes
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • DECORATING:
  • 2-1/8 teaspoons water, divided
  • Yellow and red paste food coloring
  • Very small new paintbrush

Directions

  • Arrange cubes in a single layer in a 15-in. X 10-in. x 1-in. baking
  • pan. Push cubes to one side; pack into pan with rolled-up foil to
  • stabilize cubes for decorating.
  • In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, water, meringue
  • powder and cream of tartar; beat on low speed just until combined.
  • Beat on high for 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Keep unused
  • icing covered at all times with a damp cloth.
  • For decorating, remove 2/3 cup icing to a small bowl; add 2 teaspoons
  • water. Add a very small amount of yellow food coloring to tint icing
  • pale ivory so it will show on white cubes. (Leave icing white if
  • using brown cubes.)
  • Cut a very small hole in the corner of a resealable plastic bag or
  • insert tip #2 into a pastry bag. Fill bag with icing; pipe each

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Candy Cane Sugar Cubes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • sugar cube with a candy cane shape.
  • Let dry at room temperature for at least 2 hours or overnight before
  • painting stripes on canes. (For faster drying, heat oven to
  • 150°, turn oven off and place tray of cubes in oven for 1 hour.)
  • For stripes, add 1/8 teaspoon water to 1 teaspoon icing. Add enough
  • red food coloring to make a dark red. With paintbrush, add stripes
  • to canes. Let stand until dry. Yield: 10-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with C&H white sugar cubes. Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit www.wilton.com.
Nutritional Facts: 1 sugar cube equals 22 calories, trace fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.