Cane Vs. Beet Powdered Sugar

Decorating By gerripje Updated 10 Dec 2008 , 9:05pm by leah_s

gerripje Posted 10 Dec 2008 , 7:06pm
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Does anyone know what the differences are and which is better in icing or gum paste / fondant? I can get both kinds where I live and I know the one package says ingedients are beet sugar and corn starch, the other says 100% cane sugar. I have noticed some slight differences, but then I wasn't paying total attention until I read an article somewhere on the internet about cane sugar being better. Thank you

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leah_s Posted 10 Dec 2008 , 7:48pm
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I have found no real difference.

Beckalita Posted 10 Dec 2008 , 7:55pm
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Supposedly cane sugar is less gritty.....

daisyscakes Posted 10 Dec 2008 , 8:03pm
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I work at a bakery in here in the south so everyone here says Cane sugar is the better sugar. Why because CAne sugar comes from the south and beet from the north! In reality there is no difference in what they do to your icing we interchange them all the time and noone knows the difference!

seagoat Posted 10 Dec 2008 , 8:23pm
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I've always wondered about this as well. Coming from a country that has tons of sugar cane plantations, I would believe the PS should be from cane....but I don't think it is!

I was wondering,.. when I make the PS/milk icing why is it never brite white. Maybe it's just a good quality sugar?

seagoat Posted 10 Dec 2008 , 8:24pm
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Oops...meant to say "maybe it's NOT a good quality sugar"?

CakesByLJ Posted 10 Dec 2008 , 8:30pm
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You may find no difference in buttercream icing, but if you work with royal icing, you will find the difference.. The 100% cane sugar will hold up much better without a "melt down".

gerripje Posted 10 Dec 2008 , 8:31pm
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Thank you for all your input! I won't worry about then anymore, since we are surrounded by sugar beets and have the factory right here, I always feel guilty picking up cane sugar at Walmart and not supporting my local industries, but hey, if it means a prettier cake.....well you know!
Thanks so much

leah_s Posted 10 Dec 2008 , 9:05pm
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Also, beet sugar is vegan. Cane sugar is not.

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