How to Make Powdered Sugar
Learn how to make powdered sugar in your own kitchen. Just one ingredient and three minutes are all you need to make homemade powdered sugar!
Remember when I blew your mind with the info that you can make your own brown sugar? You should remember, cause it was just last week. I mean, I hope you do, or else we need to start talking about you taking some gingko supplements.
Hold on to those barely reattached skulls, cause I’m dropping a ninja-like kitchen hacks again! Today, we’re talking about how to make powdered sugar. And I’m going to teach you to do it in your own kitchen…in three minutes. And the best part is that making your own powdered sugar is just as easy as making brown sugar; heck it’s actually easier!
Many recipes out there call for adding cornstarch to your homemade powdered sugar. False I tell you, false! Just plain ole’ sugar is all you need.
How to Make Powdered Sugar
Simply place the sugar of your choosing in a food processor, high-powered blender, or magic bullet type thingy. Process it until it’s fine and fluffy, which should take about three minutes depending on your device. Use it that day or store in a mason jar until needed. I do find that if I’m not using the same day, I need to give the jar a shake before adding it to recipes.
If you are using this powdered sugar for frosting, I highly recommend making it an hour or so before you need to use it. The sugar can become warm and thus makes it harder for the frosting to set.
I bake a lot and need powdered sugar when I make homemade frosting. I used to purchase my organic powdered sugar from Azure Standard and was paying $22.50 for six one pound bags ($.23 oz). I purchase my plain organic sugar in 10-pound bags from Costco for $7.99, which works out to $.05 per oz. The savings is not only significant but for me is a convenience factor. I am never actually out of powdered sugar because I can easily make more. This can be huge come holiday baking time when powdered sugar makes frequent appearances in many recipes. And even better, I don’t have to find a place to store bags of powdered sugar in my pantry.
Here is a 30-second video on how I made it. The boys are being ding dongs in the background, and the Vitamix is super loud, so mute your volume.
- Regular or organic sugar
Place the desired amount of regular or organic sugar in a food processor, high-powered blender, or Magic Bullet, and process for 1-3 minutes.
Finished powdered sugar should be fine, and easy to sift. I tend to dip a damp finger in the sugar to taste it and test for grit. You can always process it a bit longer until it is super fine.
If using a blender or food processor, I find it best to place a damp towel over the top to catch any escaping powdered sugar.