How to Make Powdered Sugar
Learn how to make powdered sugar at home! Powdered sugar without cornstarch is affordable for your favorite recipes like frosting, icing, or whipped cream. You’ll never buy storebought again!
Remember when I blew your mind with the info that you can make your own brown sugar?
Hold on to those barely reattached skulls, cause I’m dropping a ninja-like kitchen hack 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!
How to Make Powdered Sugar
Simply place the sugar of your choosing in a food processor, high-powered blender, coffee grinder, or magic bullet type thingy. Process it until it’s fine and fluffy, which should take about three minutes depending on your device.
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.
Pro Tips/Recipe Notes
- Store homemade powdered sugar in an air-tight container. I prefer a mason jar.
- Many recipes call for cornstarch or arrowroot powder in their posts about how to make powdered sugar. I find it unnecessary, but 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 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.
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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!
- sugar as much as needed
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. Do stay near the blender while it is processing.
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.
Stay in the same room with the blender while it is processing.
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This recipe was originally published in 2012. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable. For reference, this is one of the photos from the original post: