How to Make Powdered Sugar (in 30 Seconds)
Posted by Lisa on April 27, 2017 / 12 Comments
Learn how to make powdered sugar at home, with the sugar of your choice (including cane sugar, raw turbinado sugar, maple sugar or coconut sugar).
Powdered sugar is one of those items that you seem never to have in your pantry when you need it. Like, when you’re halfway through a recipe and your hands are all covered in goop and you just assumed you had some in your pantry. Murphy’s law, right?
Well, not to worry. The good news is that you can make powdered sugar yourself, from virtually any granulated sugar, in about 30 seconds. Even better? You have the flexibility to decide what sugar to use and if you want to use a starch or not (which also means you can make it without cornstarch, if you so desire). Freshly powdered coconut sugar for flourless almond butter cookies…coming right up.
Learn how to make powdered sugar by watching the video below:
When it comes to granulated sugar you can use refined, organic or unrefined cane sugar (like white sugar, raw turbinado sugar or sucanat), as well as maple sugar or coconut sugar. I’m sure you can use others as well, but those are the ones I’ve tried with success. The one sugar that won’t work very well is brown sugar, which is simply white sugar with molasses added to it, making it a bit too sticky for powdered sugar.
Depending on where you live in the world, powdered sugar is also known by a variety of names, including confectioners sugar and icing sugar. But they’re all the same thing. And typically made from overly processed white sugar, with low grade cornstarch used as the anti-caking factor of choice. Yuck.
But with a homemade powdered sugar, you have options, brilliant options. Choose from a variety of unrefined (or less refined) granulated sugars that retain some trace minerals and which will add heaps more flavor into your recipe. Hint: sub a maple powdered sugar on top of a chocolate mug cake, for a maple chocolatey flavor. Yum!
The other reason I like to make homemade powdered sugar is because I can then choose if I’d like to add a starch or not. If I’m just using the powdered sugar for dusting on top of a cake or dessert, I’ll usually 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.
My starches of choice are arrowroot powder or tapioca flour, as they’re both grain-free. But if you don’t have a problem with cornstarch, feel free to use it. Though I would recommend purchasing an organic version.
So how do you make the powdered sugar? It’s best done in a high-powered blender, like my favorite Vitamix. It really won’t fluff up as much in a food processor, so stick with a blender. Then, just add one cup of your granulated sugar and one tablespoon (or not) of your starch. Blend for 30 seconds…and there you have it. Homemade powdered sugar.
How to Make Powdered Sugar
Learn how to make powdered sugar at home with the sugar of your choice. It's really easy!
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp arrowroot powder (or other starch)
Place the sugar and arrowroot powder in a high-powered blender. Add the lid and blend on high for 30 seconds. You may also want to use a towel to cover the top of the blender, to prevent any powder from escaping.
Turn the blender off and let the powdered sugar settled for at least 2 minutes. Then use the powdered sugar or transfer to a storage container.
If you need more powdered sugar, it's best to do it in batches. Try not to add more than 1.5 cups of sugar in the blender at one time, otherwise it won't fluff up as well.
One cup of most granulated sugars makes 1.5 cups of powdered sugar. But I found coconut sugar to be more of a 1:1 ratio.
Lastly, because granulated sugar is a bunch of little crystals, please be aware that over time it will etch and dull the inside of your blender.
This post was created in partnership with Vitamix (a brand I’ve loved and used for years). All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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And if you’d like a peek inside my pantry, to see all the products and ingredients I use, make sure to watch my Pantry Organization video.