Powdered Sugar Substitutes

What are a Powdered Sugar Substitutes or Confectioners Sugar Substitutes? Powdered sugar is actually very easy to make at home using granulated sugar. See our table below for instructions on how to make powdered sugar. If a recipe needs a sweetener, it's handy to be be able to switch out and substitute for powdered sugar or even make powdered sugar with items you've already got on hand.

So, what is a good substitute for powdered sugar? Can you make confectioners sugar from white sugar? Yes to both questions! There are many different kinds of sugar products available, so you may either substitute for powdered sugar or make powdered sugar from regular sugar. To keep all types of sugars fully stocked in your pantry can get cumbersome, so just use our powdered sugar substitute or confectioners sugar substitute when you've run out. Or, you may decide to just stop buying confectioners sugar if you've got a strong blender or a food processor.

Use this handy table to find a suitable substitute for powdered sugar.

Powdered Sugar Substitutes

Sugar Amount Substitute
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.

Remember, when making substitutions be sure to measure accurately for best results. This substitution for powdered sugar should not alter the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished product. Processed properly, you should not be able to detect homemade powdered sugar from the store bought confectioners sugar.

Also visit our brown sugar substitute page and cane sugar substitute page for substitution information on alternate sugars.

For information on the shelf life of different sugars 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.