Cooking Hack: Powdered Sugar Substitute


Powdered sugar, also known as confectioner’s sugar, is one of the most commonly used ingredients for baking. This is an essential ingredient for making icings and frostings. This type of sugar is characterized by its fine crystal size that provides a smooth finish to buttercreams and icings on baked goodies. At the same time, it is used to sprinkle on top of various pastries including doughnuts. But if you cannot get your hands on them, you can try a powdered sugar substitute to achieve the same smoothness, texture, and taste when baking.

Regular Granulated Sugar

If you cannot get hold of powdered sugar, you can always substitute it with regular granulated sugar. There are some recipes wherein powdered sugar can be replaced such as when you are making dense desserts or icing. But if the recipe requires the use of powdered sugar, you can place the granulated sugar on a blender to produce a finer texture. A good measuring trick is to use 1 cup of granulated sugar for 1 ¾ cup of powdered sugar.

Do take note that the texture of your icing will be a bit grainy when you use granulated sugar. But if you are baking cookies or cakes, then the textural difference would not matter.

Powdered Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is another healthier alternative for powdered sugar, aside from being able to replicate its flavor. There is a caramel-like flavor when you use coconut sugar, though. In order to use it as a powdered sugar substitute, mix 1 cup of coconut sugar with 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder.

You can use the 1:1 ratio for replacing powdered sugar with coconut sugar in baked recipes. It is also a good replacement if you want to tone down the sweetness in your recipes.

Dry Milk Powder

The use of nonfat dry milk powder is another powdered sugar substitute for your recipes. In order to create this mixture, blend a cup of nonfat dry milk powder with a cup of cornstarch and half a cup of sugar substitutes (such as Splenda). Since the dry milk powder is already powder in texture, it is easy to incorporate into your dessert toppings and for making icings. Use a 1:1 ratio when replacing powdered sugar.

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