$0.24 per cup 27% savings save $3.63 yearly
A while back, I was baking a chocolate cake with the sole purpose of trying out a cooked chocolate frosting recipe a friend had given me.
I don't know WHAT was going on in my head, but I set the baked cake on the counter to cool, and went to the lazy susan to pull out my bag of confectioner's sugar, only to discover that somehow, I was down to like 1/2 cup.
Color me stumped.
I had never not had confectioner's sugar on hand before. I live about 10 minutes from the grocery store, and my little ones were down for naps. I sat there stewing for a minute, then consulted good old
Google. After a little looking, I discovered that I had everything I needed to make my own confectioner's sugar in a pinch.
YES!!! Fist-bump to the sky!
Later that day, my family enjoyed chocolate cake covered in a divine chocolate frosting.
Wanna know how it was done? It was so easy, it makes me laugh.
I used my cheap-o blender.
I used regular white sugar.
I used a little bit of cornstarch.
Blended it all together to create a fine powder and, voila! Perfect confectioner's sugar!
This is not a recipe that's going to save anyone much money. In fact, I still buy it from the store rather than make my own... but if you're in a pinch (like I was) this was a LIFE SAVER! (Because obviously, I would have ceased to exist if I was unable to make that chocolate frosting).
You know what I mean.
There's the sugar and cornstarch, flying around in my little blender. Great work little blender that could. The article I read mentioned you could also use a coffee grinder or spice grinder if you were worried about etching up a plastic blender. I have neither of those things, and my blender is made of glass.
Homemade Confectioner's Sugar
*Yields approx. 4 1/4 cups
4 cups white sugar
4 Tbsp cornstarch
Place ingredients in a blender. Blend on high till fine and powdery (about 5 minutes). Use or store in airtight container.
~ Savings ~
25 lb. sugar - $13.98 = 945 T = $0.015/T = $0.96
35 oz. cornstarch - $2.48 = 124 T = $0.020/T = $0.08
Total Recipe Cost: $1.04
Cost Per Cup: $0.24
Domino Pure Cane Confectioner's Sugar (2 lb): $2.49
Cost Per Cup: $0.33
"Over a Year" Scenario:
Make Homemade Confectioner's Sugar 10 times = $10.40
Use equivalent Domino Pure Cane Confectioner's Sugar = $14.03
*Money Saved = $3.63