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How to Make Powdered Sugar (in 30 Seconds)


Posted by 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).

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.

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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.

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).

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).

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.

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).

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.

Enjoy!

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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).

 

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).

How to Make Powdered Sugar

Learn how to make powdered sugar at home with the sugar of your choice. It's really easy! 

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. 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. 

  2. 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. 

Recipe Notes

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. 

Other cooking tutorials you might like:

How to Make Homemade Marshmallows (Without Corn Syrup)

How to Make Homemade Nutella

How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream


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.

  • Liz Stark

    Ahh this is so cool! Thank you for showing the better homemade powdered sugar version.

  • Sweet Silly Sara

    Say what!? I had no idea this was possible. How cool!

  • Veena Azmanov

    It really is so easy to make these at home but I still buy them – never remember. Thanks for the handy tips.

  • Brian Jones

    How very cool, I never buy icing sugar as it is called in the UK, this is a fab tip.

    • I don’t either, as I rarely use it. So I find it’s great to make at home on those rare instances that I need it for a recipe. :)

  • Emily Kemp

    Wow I never knew this, love it I’m definitely going to try it myself!

  • sallyz

    I had an old coffee grinder I wasn’t using and starting making powdered sugar from xyla when I just needed a 1/2 cup or so for dusting or adding to heavy whipping cream when making my own “cool whip”

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