How to Make a Frosting or Icing Without Powdered or Confectioner's Sugar

By LeafTV Contributor

Generally speaking, most frosting is made with super-fine powdered or confectioner's sugar. But it is possible to make a delicious glaze or creamy frosting with ordinary granulated cane sugar. You have a few options that range in complexity and prep time — choose the recipe that best matches the ingredients you have on hand and the type of dessert you're decorating.

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The no-bake icing is a great topping for cookies, bars and donuts.

Step 1

Whip up an easy, no-bake icing. With an electric mixer whip 2 egg whites, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/4 cup sugar until you have stiff peaks. Be sure to sample some of the icing while mixing it to see if it is sweet enough; if not, add more sugar gradually.

Step 2

Use a double boiler to make a more complex frosting. Combine 2 egg whites, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar, 5 tablespoons water and a dash of salt in a double boiler. Beat the mixture with electric beater for about 5 minutes or until the frosting forms stiff peaks. Remove the bowl from the heat and add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Vanilla extract will evaporate away so be sure to add it after you remove the mixture from the stove.

Step 3

Add milk and flour to the mix to make a thick, rich frosting. Put 2 cups milk and 10 tablespoons flour in a medium-sized pot. Set the burner to medium and cook the milk and flour until it achieves a slow boil; stir the mixture constantly until it achieves the consistency of pudding or custard. Remove the mixture from the heat and chill it. Combine 2 3/4 cups sugar, 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar, 2 cups shortening and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract in a mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add the cooled flour-and-milk mixture and mix well. You may also add 1 cup cream cheese to the sugar-and-shortening mix for a slightly different flavor.