Making powdered sugar from regular sugar (organic)

Today I have a quick money-saving tip that also helps you stretch your dollar a little bit! I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that organic powdered sugar is WAY more expensive than conventional powdered sugar. We don’t use a ton of sugar in this house, since I actually do not bake very often, but when I make birthday cupcakes and I suddenly need powdered sugar, I always balk at the price of buying organic.

For our regular sugar, we buy 10-15 lb. bags of the organic sugar at Costco, and it’s really cheap. My husband uses the organic sugar to make his sweet tea, so we always have it around.

This week for Little Lady’s birthday, I had started my cupcake icing shortly before the party when it appeared I’d be short on powdered sugar again. I’d heard somewhere that you can grind up regular sugar to make powdered sugar, so I thought I’d give it a try using my coffee grinder. Here are the results!

Powdered Sugar

It worked great! I pulsed the regular organic sugar in a coffee grinder for a minute or so, just until it looked the same as the powdered sugar I had from the store. I also sifted the powdered sugar into the bowl to make sure it was evenly cut.

I have seen other recipes on the internet saying you need to add cornstarch. This is very possibly true, so please be careful if you are making a more sensitive recipe (like souffle? fondant? I have no idea, I don’t bake much). 

I just know that for me, this works as a cost-saving way to stay organic without spending more. The bonus is that you don’t have two bags/containers in your pantry. And the other bonus is…

Cupcakes (I made them)

delicious {organic} cupcake icing!

One thought on “Making powdered sugar from regular sugar (organic)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Such a pretty cupcake! Thanks for the tip, I ran out last week and ran to the store, it would have been a heck of a lot easier to just grind some sugar.

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