Confectioners’ sugar (aka icing sugar or powdered sugar) is granulated sugar that’s been ground to a powder.
It’s a staple ingredient in baking that needs a fine consistency, for example, butter-creams and icing.
This sugar melts easily into fillings and toppings where granulated sugar would create a grainy texture.
There are different stages of fineness, that’s why confectioners’ sugar is called 10× sugar which refers to the number of times the sugar is processed to produce a fine powder.
Have you ever been short of powdered sugar in the middle of a recipe? Well, today I’m sharing a super simple tutorial on how to make your powdered sugar.
It takes about 5 minutes. All you need is granulated sugar and a blender or food processor.
Why Homemade Confectioners’ Sugar?
- I prefer making powdered sugar at home because I can choose if I’d like to add starch or not.
- If I’m just using the powdered sugar for dusting on top of a cake or dessert, I’ll probably skip the starch.
- But if I’m making a batch to store in my pantry, then I’ll add a starch to keep it dry.
Homemade Confectioners’ Sugar Recipe
How to Make Powdered Sugar right at home for those moments when you just need some in a pinch!
Takes about 5 minutes and you can prepare it ahead of time.
- ½ as much granulated sugar as you need powdered sugar
- Firstly, pour the granulated sugar into the bowl of a powerful blender.
- Then, blend until the sugar is fine, fluffy, and powdered. Keep the lid on until the powder has completely settled.
- Thirdly if using immediately filter before adding to a recipe. If storing for later use, add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch or arrowroot then sieve the sugar into a storage container.
- Above all, this assists in preventing the sugar from clumping and caking.
Which Sugar Do I Use To Make Icing Sugar?
- You can use either caster or granulated sugar. The grainier the sugar, the more evenly your icing sugar will blend though caster also does a pretty good job.
- In summary, go with whatever you have in the pantry.
What Is The Difference Between Powdered Sugar And Confectioners’ Sugar?
- There is no modification between powdered sugar and icing sugar or between powdered sugar and confectioners’ sugar; they are all the same sugar, just called by different names.
Can You Use One In Place Of the Other?
- It does not matter if you use a 3 x powdered sugar as an alternative for a 10 x grind or vice versa.
- Even the larger grinds are still good enough for the sugar to melt swiftly. However, when a recipe stipulates one over the other, there must be a reason.