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Powdered Sugar, Homemade?

Updated on May 22, 2012
Dessert french toast with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Dessert french toast with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and sprinkled with powdered sugar. | Source
Meringue cookies used powdered sugar.
Meringue cookies used powdered sugar. | Source

Making your own...

Powdered sugar, is the street / common man's name for Confectioner's sugar, which is the gourmet's name for a superfine sugar used primarily in desserts.

If you are like me you are always looking for ways to save money and feel good about it. Well i tend to do this in the kitchen more often than any where else and those things that i once thought made my life easier and convenient turned out not to be worth that extra dough.

So, when i first stumbled on being able to make my own powdered sugar, i was overcome with such a great sense of accomplishment because it saves me money so often and all i have to do is use what i already have available in my pantry. The granulated sugar and my trusty blender.

Powdered sugar, homemade:

  • granulated sugar
  • constarch optional

What to do:

  1. Add sugar in a blender
  2. Blend til fine and powder like, depends on what you are looking for

Add constarch, 1 tbsp for each cup of sugar, this is to prevent caking and helps with storage, as well as improving the thickness of icing if that is what you need the powdered sugar for, but if you are using the sugar right away you do not have to worry about constarch.

Since you are pulverizing granulated sugar, usually 10 X over to produce what baker's and candy makers refer to as the confectioner's sugar, making your own gives you full control on how fine your sugar can be.

Of course we all know how versatile powdered sugar is to any person that cooks and enjoys baking. Even with those who do not cook know that it can be used to sprinkle on french toast, chocolate iced cakes, or simple cakes to give them a sense of elegance, or to make a simple milk icing for drizzling on pound cake or added to cream cheese to make another type of icing that is smooth and creamy.

Powdered sugar can also be used to make flavored sugars like cinnamon and sugar to sprinkle on desserts or breads like funnel cake or cake donuts.

Powdered sugar is called for when you need sugar to dissolve easily. It means that you do not want to run the risk of granulated sugar not blending well and you end up crunching sugar instead of the smooth texture of whatever you are eating.

I love it because it does dissolve quickly and the measurement is still equal to that which is needed to flavor but it shouldn't be used to to replace quantities asked for when granulated sugar is called for , so there is no need to add more to get the taste you are looking for, for example homemade hot chocolate is better with powdered sugar..

It is also a great accent, when you need to dress up a plain dessert. Sprinkling powdered sugar on something just makes it seem a little more decadent.

Powered sugar as a:

topping - just shaking the fine sugar on funnel cakes, fry bread, churros, doughnuts, french toast, pancakes, beignets and other bread like foods making these treats even more palatable and sweet.

icing - from the simple drizzle type known as a glaze to the slightly complicated butter cream (not really), cream cheese and chocolate, powdered sugar makes such a smooth, creamy texture, giving you the best forms of icing that you can enjoy.

fine desserts - like meringue, for pies or baked as cookies, cheese cake or cream cheese based fillings and puddings. Also things like rum balls and truffles.

dessert sauces - bourbon sauce for bread pudding, or rum sauce

beverages -juleps, egg nog, hot toddy, hot chocolate, rum collins, and various alcoholic cocktails

The Powdered sugar advantage:

  • dissolves quickly
  • adds elegance as a dusting
  • can be stretched
  • adds a smooth texture
  • instant energy


  • air tight plastic containers,
  • dry and tight fitting lid glass jar
  • shaker
  • plastic storage bag

Take advantage of making your own every time you can, but beyond that enjoy the fruits of your labor when working in the kitchen. Enjoy!


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    • Celiegirl profile image

      Celiegirl 5 years ago

      Just Ask Susan, you are welcome, it is always good to know i helped someone!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've wondered before how to do this. Thanks for sharing this.