When you color granulated sugar, you can add a small amount of liquid food coloring to the sugar, mix it in and let the excess moisture evaporate. It is much more difficult to dye powdered sugar because it is so fine that it clumps together almost immediately after any kind of liquid is added. To make matters worse, it dissolves very easily if you mix it around at all, so stirring it in is quite the challenge when you compare it to granulated sugar. As a result, I tend to keep my confectioners’ sugar white. Wilton recently launched a series of colored dusting sugars in blue, pink and green that allows for much more colorful presentations than white sugar alone.
There are is no hassle to trying to use these sugars (unlike trying to make your own), just pretty pale colors to use as accents. They stand out well on a dark background, but are perfectly visible on a light colored cake or frosting. You can simply sift the colorful sugars on top of cakes, cookies or brownies, just as you would with regular sugar, but they add a new element to cake and cupcake stencils when you use them to make different designs.
JenApril 3, 2009
In the past, on holidays, I’ve run out of powdered sugar and had to make my own, using a coffee grinder. I don’t drink coffee, so I never figured out why anyone bought me one, but it is handy.
I don’t see why you couldn’t also make your own colored powdered sugar by first coloring regular sugar and then powdering it. Though this does take the mess out of it all.
SaokiApril 3, 2009
I was gonna talk about making your own powdered sugar, but Jen beat me to it. It really works, though, and I’ve seen home-made pink sugar. It was lovely ^^.
ColletteApril 3, 2009
Funny, I was going to ask if that method would work and I’m happy to know that Jen and Saoki think that it will so I don’t have to actually try it!
snooky doodleApril 3, 2009
these are a nice cake decoration tool 🙂
MaryApril 3, 2009
These are fantastic, will work well on ‘welcome baby boy’ cupcakes I want to make!
ElianaApril 3, 2009
This is a great tip and will definitely help my decorating skills.
DIDEMApril 3, 2009
Ä±t is so prety idea for decorations..can you add my adress your link l will be so hapy..
chef barbieApril 11, 2009
i used the pink dusting sugar on some brownies and it just didn’t work very well. i think the trick is, if you are using this sugar on top of frosting you need to be really sure that the frosting is as dry as it can be otherwise, it will just absorb the sugar. 🙁