Icing sugar, also called confectioner's sugar, is made with cornflour and granulated sugar. Its powdery consistency makes it ideal for creating frosting, but it can also stand alone as a cake, fruit or cookie decoration. Use icing sugar to give your baked goods a professional, decorative appearance.
Preparation and Clean Up
Decorating with confectioner's sugar can be messy. If you are decorating a cake, place pieces of waxed paper just under the sides of the cake. When you are finished decorating you can remove the waxed paper and shake it over a dustbin. When decorating cookies or pastry, put the items directly on the waxed paper for easy clean up.
Most cakes only need a light dusting of icing sugar so a tablespoon or two will easily cover the top of a cake. Place the confectioner's sugar in a cup and use a spoon to stir it and remove any lumps. Then transfer the icing sugar to a tea strainer, sieve or sifter. Gently shake the strainer over the cake so that the icing sugar evenly coats the cake. If you want a slightly heavier application, you can also dip fruit or small cookies directly in confectioner's sugar.
Adding Decorative Interest
Icing sugar granules are small and can easily land between intricate stencils to create an appealing cake. Place a doily or stencil on top of the cake before applying the icing sugar. Gently shake the sugar over the doily and then lift the doily off the cake to expose a pattern. Tinting icing sugar can also help make cookies or cake festive for a particular holiday. Place a cup of icing sugar in a blender with a small amount of food colouring. Blend until the colour is evenly distributed, and then shake the sugar on cookies, cake or other baked goods.