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How to Make Powdered Sugar in Seconds

Making your own Powdered Sugar is super easy, and you can do it with any type of sugar desired including date, coconut, pure cane, and other varieties of less refined sugar.

white scoop filled with homemade powdered sugar on wood board

Back in the days before I went plant-based, I used to buy a bag of powdered sugar for a specific recipe and then let the rest of the bag sit in the cabinet untouched for literally years. Those days are long gone, thank goodness!

How to make powdered sugar

Have you ever been making a recipe that calls for powder sugar and not had any on hand? Many people don’t realize that powdered sugar (aka confectioners sugar) is actually just blended sugar, and it’s really easy to make your own with whatever sugar you happen to have in the cupboard.

overhead of tablespoon of arrowroot powder and scoop of cane sugar

To make sugar powder, you only need two ingredients–granulated sugar of your choice and a starch such as cornstarch or arrowroot powder.

Personally, I like to use date sugar or pure cane sugar, but any type can be substituted. Just be aware that the darker the granular sugar used, the darker the powdered sugar will be in the end.

vitamix blender with cane sugar and arrowroot powder

Add one cup of granulated sugar, plus one tablespoon cornstarch or other starch, to your blender or food processor and blend for about 1-minute.

You’ll want to toss a hand towel over the blender while it’s processing because the sugar creates a cloud of powder that will escape through the lid and make a mess in your kitchen.

When it is finished, don’t open the lid immediately because the powder will rise up and you’ll be breathing it in before you know it. Instead, let it sit for a minute or two with the lid on after blending.

If there are any lumps, sifting the sugar before use will help thin those out.

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Uses for confectioners sugar

Powdered sugar isn’t something that I personally use often, and have not kept it on hand in the past. But, there are times when it can be very handy like sprinkling over a delicious baked dessert to make a show-stopping delight, especially for the holidays and special occasions. It can also be used to make this amazing Vegan Whipped Cream recipe.

These are some vegan dessert recipes that could use a little powdered sugar

Your Powdered Sugar Questions Answered

  • Q: Do I have to have cornstarch? You will need some type of starch to make sugar powder because the starch keeps the sugar from caking. Other options are arrowroot powder, tapioca starch, potato starch, and others.
  • Q: Can I make powdered sugar with a blender? Yes! All you need is a blender or food processor.
  • Q: Is there a difference between powdered sugar and confectioners sugar? Technically, yes, but most people use the terms interchangably. The only true difference is that confectioners sugar may not contain any starch where powdered sugar always does.
  • Q: How much powdered sugar is equal to granulated sugar if I need to substitute it? One cup granulated sugar is equal to 1.75 cups powdered sugar.
  • Q: How long will it last? In an airtight container, it should last about 1 year.
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How to Make Powdered Sugar in Seconds

Yield: Approx 2 cups
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute

Making your own powdered sugar is super easy, and you can do it with any type of sugar desired–date, coconut, sucanat, pure cane, and other varieties of less refined sugar.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Personally, I like to use date sugar or pure cane sugar, but any type can be substituted. Just be aware that the darker the granular sugar used, the darker the powdered sugar will be in the end.
  2. Add one cup of granulated sugar, plus one tablespoon cornstarch or other starch, to your blender or food processor and blend for about 1-minute.
  3. You’ll want to toss a hand towel over the blender while it’s processing because the sugar creates a cloud of powder that will escape through the lid and make a mess in your kitchen.
  4. When it is finished, don’t open the lid immediately because the powder will rise up and you’ll be breathing it in before you know it. Instead, let it sit for a minute or two with the lid on after blending.

Notes

Your Powdered Sugar Questions Answered

  • Q: Do I have to have cornstarch? You will need some type of starch to make sugar powder because the starch keeps the sugar from caking. Other options are arrowroot powder, tapioca starchpotato starch, and others.
  • Q: Can I make powdered sugar with a blender? Yes! All you need is a blender or food processor.
  • Q: Is there a difference between powdered sugar and confectioner's sugar? Technically, yes, but most people use the terms interchangeably. The only true difference is that confectioner's sugar may not contain any starch where powdered sugar always does.
  • Q: How much powdered sugar is equal to granulated sugar if I need to substitute it? One cup of granulated sugar is equal to 1.75 cups of powdered sugar.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 40 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g

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