What's Confectioner's Sugar?

Decorating By aizuodangao Updated 31 Jul 2014 , 9:18am by winniemog

aizuodangao Posted 14 Oct 2006 , 1:30am
post #1 of 11


I have seen confectioner's sugar in recipes. I haven't use this before.

IS that called a different name in Australia? I have only seen icing sugar or icing mixture - could this be one of the other names for confectioner's sugar?

what's the difference between the 2?

10 replies
KlyKat Posted 14 Oct 2006 , 1:34am
post #2 of 11

Powdered sugar. K'ly

Kiddiekakes Posted 14 Oct 2006 , 1:36am
post #3 of 11

It is called Confectioners sugar here in Canada but it is the same as icing sugar,Powdered sugar.

aizuodangao Posted 14 Oct 2006 , 2:14am
post #4 of 11

Oh thanks for answering.

So, it's icing sugar. ok, but curious, what's icing mixture then?

auntsushi Posted 14 Oct 2006 , 2:25am
post #5 of 11

Sorry, I don't know what icing mixture is.......

but here's a bump....hopefully someone will know.

mthiberge Posted 14 Oct 2006 , 7:33am
post #6 of 11

Do you mean what is icing sugar made of??? Corn starch and powdered sugar...

Lazy_Susan Posted 14 Oct 2006 , 7:51am
post #7 of 11

Confectioner's Sugar is the same thing as Icing Sugar icon_smile.gif


BarbaraK Posted 14 Oct 2006 , 12:14pm
post #8 of 11

Confectioners sugar is called Icing Sugar in Australia. The Soft Icing Mixture is a little different. I think it it used for glace icing. I don't think you can use it for royal icing. However, I have been known to be wrong. He! He!

aizuodangao Posted 29 Oct 2006 , 12:04pm
post #9 of 11

Oh, i get it. Confectioner's sugar is icing sugar. ok. Love to find out hwat exactly icing mixture is though (in Oz)? so many different terminology - it's confusing. thanks everyone!

nanacake Posted 11 Jun 2014 , 2:13pm
post #10 of 11

Hi...icing mixture contains a small amount of cornflour (as an anti caking agent) and icing sugar is just the powdered sugar...it always needs to be sifted, you will find it is quite lumpy as opposed to the icing mixture which has no lumps in it... :-)

winniemog Posted 31 Jul 2014 , 9:18am
post #11 of 11

Confectioners sugar aka pure icing sugar is used for royal icings etc. Soft icing mixture has starch added to stop it clumping, you can really only use it for glace icing. It's not very useful, I always only use the pure icing sugar.

Quote by @%username% on %date%