DIY: How to Make Caster and Powdered Sugar

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Introduction: DIY: How to Make Caster and Powdered Sugar

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Candy comes in every shape, size, color, texture and flavor imaginable. Crunchy brickles and creamy truffles have very little in common... with one exception: Sugar.

Sugar also comes in a variety of flavors and textures, but this instructable concentrates solely on plain granulated sugar.

Should you find yourself in a caster or powdered sugar-less predicament (with no store to run to), this tutorial will surely be helpful. ;-) 

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

You'll need 2 things: 

•  Granulated sugar- work in 1/2 cup increments- lesser amounts don't get grabbed up by the blender blades. Larger amounts result in a less-even consistency. 

•  A clean, DRY blender

Step 2: Caster (Superfine) Sugar

Caster, or "superfine" sugar is a common ingredient in many recipes originating in the UK and other European countries.

To convert granulated sugar to Caster sugar:

• Add the granulated sugar to your blender and pulse-blend in a few bursts until the texture is... well... super-fine,  like fine sand. ;-)

1/2 cup of granulated sugar will yield approximately 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon of Caster sugar. 

Step 3: Powdered (Confectioners) Sugar

To achieve powdered (confectioners) sugar consistency:

• Add the granulated sugar to your blender and pulse-blend in bursts until the texture is superfine, as in Caster Sugar.  Increase the speed, blending on the highest setting for 20-30 seconds or until he sugar is powdery fine. It should feel smooth between your fingertips, not gritty.

Once you've stopped the blender, let the sugar dust settle for a minute or so before removing the lid.  Some of the powdered sugar will cling to the lid and the sides of the blender vessel.  Tap the vessel to loosen it up. 

1/2 cup granulated sugar will yield just under 3/4 cup powdered sugar.

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    18 Discussions

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    sunshiine
    sunshiine

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Great minds think alike! I made this a while back! When I did not have any powdered sugar! Thanks for sharing! I know everyone will love this!
    sunshiine

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    IxchelsSong
    IxchelsSong

    4 years ago

    I had thought that powdered sugar has cornstarch mixed with the actual powdery sugar?

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    UrbanJaguar
    UrbanJaguar

    Reply 3 years ago

    Powdered sugar is just powdered sugar, like above. You're thinking of confectioner's sugar, which is powdered sugar with a little bit of cornstarch added.

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    jibeloop
    jibeloop

    4 years ago

    i made muffins!

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    Jjjacki11
    Jjjacki11

    7 years ago

    Did this tonight when I just got back from the shops and realised I'd forgotten to buy the icing sugar I needed! Mum was all like 'I don't think that will work...' but it was perfect. :) Thanks!

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    bajablue
    bajablue

    Reply 7 years ago

    Happy to hear... and you're very welcome! :-)

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    bajablue
    bajablue

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    lol... the answer to your question is... unequivocally... "no".

    I've always wondered about this, thought there was more to it. Thanks for solving the mystery.

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    repguy2020
    repguy2020

    7 years ago on Step 3

    Nice tip. Thanks I will be using this. :-)

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    monty324
    monty324

    7 years ago on Introduction

    i made "icing salt" in a pestle and mortar when i got board of watching paint dry and grass grow.

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    bajablue
    bajablue

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I'll have to remember that the next time I get bored. ;-)

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    Wynd
    Wynd

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Ooh! Thank you! Now I know how to make icing sugar when I'm out of it [which is often, as I never think to buy it, lol] :D