It’s an essential ingredient used to make a wide variety of delicious treats, but have you ever wondered how much a cup of powdered sugar actually weighs?
What’s more, is it the same thing as confectioners’ sugar?
Here’s everything you need to know about this baking staple…
So what is the weight of a cup of powdered sugar?
One cup of powdered sugar typically weighs around 4.25 ounces (120 grams).
Meanwhile, a cup of sifted powdered sugar will come in at approximately 4 ounces (115 grams).
Powdered sugar is simply refined sugar that has been ground down into a powdery form.
Some powdered sugars are also mixed with corn starch to prevent it from clumping up.
Powdered sugar is also sometimes referred to as confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar (in the UK and Canada).
Confectioners’ sugar is commonly used for icing, glazing and frosting, but is also a key ingredient in cookies and cakes.
In addition, it is ideal for sprinkling on top of baked goods, or for adding a final decorative touch to desserts.
Powdered sugar dissolves easily, providing a smooth consistency. This is one reason it’s often used instead of granulated sugar.
It’s possible to make powdered sugar at home by crushing granular sugar in a food processor, adding cornstarch and sifting it through a strainer.
~ Fun Fact ~
Although it’s hard to believe, sugar was used for centuries as a medicine to treat many different diseases.