Sugar Substitutes

Substitutes for Sugar. Learn how to substitute different sugars and syrups in your recipes, whether you need a superfine sugar substitute, a granulated sugar substitute or even a castor sugar substitute. Our substitution table addresses many different types of white sugars and offers proper replacements. If a recipe needs a certain type of sugar, it's handy to be be able to switch out and substitute for sugar when needed.

What is a good substitute for sugar? There are many different kinds of sugar products available so your recipe may call for a specific one that you don't have readily available. To keep all of these different sugars fully stocked in your pantry can get cumbersome, so just use our sugar substitute table to find a proper replacement for whichever type of sugar substitute you may need.

Sugar Substitutes

Sugar Amount Substitute
Granulated (White) Sugar substitute 1 Cup 1 Cup Superfine Sugar
*OR* 1 &1/4 Cup Confectioners' Sugar
*OR* 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar (firmly packed)
*OR* 3/4 Cup Honey
*OR* 1&1/3 Cup Molasses (decrease other liquid by 1/3 cup)
*OR* 1/2 Cup Liquid Brown Sugar
*OR* 1 Cup Raw Sugar
*OR* Replace 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of corn syrup and decrease other liquid by 1/4 cup (but do NOT replace the full cup of sugar with corn syrup)
Castor Sugar substitute 1 Cup 1 Cup Superfine Sugar
Superfine Sugar substitute 1 Cup 1 Cup Granulated Sugar run through a food processor or grinder
Confectioners Sugar substitute 2 Cups 1&1/2 Cups of Granulated Sugar + Plus 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch - Blend together (in blender or food processor) for about a minute until it becomes a powdered consistency.
Corn Syrup substitute 1 Cup 1&1/4 Cups of Granulated Sugar + Plus 1/4 Cup Water (or mixed with whatever liquid is called for in the recipe.
*OR* 1 Cup Honey
*OR* 1 Cup Maple Syrup
Brown Sugar substitute -- Please see our brown sugar alternative page for complete information about substituting brown sugar products.

Sugar Substitute Considerations

Remember, when making substitutions be sure to measure accurately for best results. Some substitutions for sugar may alter slightly the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished product. Whether this is good, bad or indifferent depends on your tastebuds, but we feel that they are the best alternatives in pinch. These sugar substitutes and other alternatives are meant to save you a trip to the store during your cooking process.

Beware of the qualities that your substitutions possess and make sure they are similar to what is called for in your recipe. For instance, when making cookies and you are replacing granulated sugar you want to pick a substitute for sugar that is also dry. If you were to pick corn syrup as a sugar replacement (ie. a liquid for a dry ingredient) then the cookies would run and stick all over your pan.

To find a substitute for brown sugar, visit the brown sugar page. To find a substitute for confectioners sugar, visit the powdered sugar page.

For information on the shelf life of sugar visit our webpage on how long does sugar last.

A note regarding Substitutions...

Using these substitute suggestions may slightly alter the taste, texture or appearance of your resulting recipe. However, we recommend these substitutions as similar replacement ingredients when the original ingredients are unavailable.