Are All Powdered Sugars Created Equal?

Decorating By mrsmac888 Updated 1 May 2015 , 3:15am by Happyfood

mrsmac888 Posted 17 Apr 2015 , 3:25pm
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Happy Friday!

I've been using C&H Powdered sugar forever.  Since I've started making cakes for other people, I've been trying to save a little in my costs where I can.  I found Daily Chef Powdered sugar at Sam't Club and it' quite a bit cheaper then C&H.  I do know that it's made with beet sugar and not cane sugar like C&H.

I am mainly talking about buttercream results here...

What do you all use?

Do you think there is a difference in powdered sugars?


Stay Sweet!!

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craftybanana2 Posted 17 Apr 2015 , 4:21pm
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Short Answer is No. They are not all equal. If I make buttercream icing with something other than cane sugar it's gritty. But experiment with a small batch and see what happens. :) If you're looking for something cheaper, look for other "cane sugar only" brands and experiment.

craftybanana2 Posted 17 Apr 2015 , 4:23pm
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Might be able to get away with beet sugar in a cooked icing though (like smbc), but I haven't tried it.

MBalaska Posted 17 Apr 2015 , 5:05pm
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 candymaking books all recommend cane sugar.  I'm sticking to that.  "C&H" powdered sugar from the grocery store.

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Short Answer is No. They are not all equal. 

Cakecrazy25 Posted 17 Apr 2015 , 6:06pm
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If your making crusting butter cream it does indeed matter in my experience. Non crusting butter cream...not so much.

LaurenK314 Posted 20 Apr 2015 , 8:33pm
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In the interest of saving some $, I tried once to stray from C&H brand. I will not be doing that again. Buttercream was gritty and would not crust quite right.

MBalaska Posted 20 Apr 2015 , 9:46pm
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Learning from doing, is sometimes well worth it in the long run.

mrsmac888 Posted 20 Apr 2015 , 10:30pm
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This is a lot of good advice.  Thanks ladies.  I think I'll use the Sam's powdered sugar for something else and use the C&H for business cakes.  Saving money isn't as important as a happy client!



4laynes Posted 21 Apr 2015 , 5:46pm
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Has anyone tried making their own powdered sugar?  Does a cup of granulated sugar make a cup of powdered sugar? I can get a 25 # bag of sugar at Costco for $10.  Just curious.............

craftybanana2 Posted 30 Apr 2015 , 4:18pm
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Can you grind it as fine though? try it with a small amount and see if it makes your icing gritty, I use 10x powdered sugar. If you do try it, please let us know! That would be very interesting!

Happyfood Posted 1 May 2015 , 3:15am
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I sure would like to hear the results of this experiment as well!

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