This article provides an overview of icing sugar, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make icing sugar substitutes.
What is Icing Sugar?
Icing sugar, also known as powdered sugar or confectioners’ sugar, is a finely ground sugar that is commonly used in baking and confectionery. It is made by pulverizing granulated sugar into a very fine powder and then mixing it with a small amount of cornstarch to prevent clumping.
Icing sugar is often used to make icing, frosting, and glazes for cakes, cookies, and pastries, as well as for dusting over desserts like doughnuts and fruit tarts. It is also used as a sweetener in some beverages, such as powdered hot chocolate mixes.
What does Icing Sugar taste like?
If you taste icing sugar without adding a liquid, it has a slightly metallic taste. However once mixed with a liquid, it has a smooth, sweet taste, that is just as sweet as sugar but much tastier to eat on its own!
Is Icing Sugar readily available in Supermarkets?
Icing sugar should be readily available in supermarkets, it will usually be found in the baked goods section, alongside other sugars.
What are some alternative names for Icing Sugar?
The most common alternative name for icing sugar is frosting or simply icing. It may also be referred to as powdered sugar or confectioners sugar, as this is what you buy before mixing with liquid.
What is a good substitute for Icing Sugar in recipes?
Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for icing sugar. These include:
- Blended granulated sugar (however, note that the texture may not be as desired, especially when used as a frosting – using a spice blender is the best method)
- A slurry of Caster Sugar and hot water (again – consistency may not be the same)