Confectioners sugar is also called Powdered sugar, Icing sugar, or 10X sugar. It is a powder made from granulated sugar with corn flour as the anti-caking agent. This sugar recipe is very easy to make at home. All you need is corn flour, sugar, and blender.
Here is a Youtube video showing you how to make your own sugar powder at home.
Ingredients and Items need for making Powdered Sugar
- 2 cups of Granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon of corn flour (cornstarch)
- A sieve with fine pores
- Blender or food processor or any machine for grinding or milling
- Corn flour (cornstarch) or potato starch as an anti-caking agent
How to make Homemade Confectioners sugar
- Pour your granulated sugar into a blender
- Blend until you have a smooth and fine sugar powder
- Add your cornstarch or corn flour to the powdered sugar; blend again to combine completely
- Sieve using a fine strainer
- Your Homemade Confectioners sugar is ready
The cornstarch serves as an anti-caking agent and helps to prevent the sugar from clumping together while being stored.
How to store your homemade Icing sugar
- If you have a sealing machine, package the icing sugar into polythene bags and seal it completely
- Make sure the bags are clean and have no water
- After sealing them, store in another clean and dry container that is airtight
- This type of storage can preserve the confectioners’ sugar and make it last for a year
- The second method is storing the sugar powder in a clean airtight container; the shelf life is reduced; and may last for just 3 months.
Uses of Confectioners sugar
- Just as the name suggests, icing sugar is used for the icing of cakes.
- It is commonly used in frostings
- Sugar powder can be used as a sweetener in making candy
- You can use it in your fudge recipes to sweeten them
- Also used in dense cookies
- Confectioners’ sugar can also be used in dessert bar recipes, juice and beverages
- Any recipe that needs to be smooth and also needs a sweetener can use confectioners sugar
It is called 10X sugar based on how smooth and fine the sugar powder is. The finer the sugar powder, the more the number of ‘X’ attached to the 10. So 10XX sugar is finer and smoother than the 10X sugar.
Other types of sugars in baking such as the Baker’s sugar are made using the same procedure. Their difference lies in the texture with Baker’s sugar being larger in size than confectioners’ sugar. Whatever type you need, just grind to your need and use a sieve that is appropriate.