This week I’m sharing an experience that I had while in the middle of making a cake. I found a recipe for a Coffee Nut Torte in Midwest Living magazine. Man, it sounded so good, but I misread the ingredients for the icing. I needed a lot more powdered sugar than I thought and I just didn’t have enough.
So the question was do I run to the store and spend gas money and a higher price for the powdered sugar than I would when going grocery shopping (because I would have to hit that high priced grocery store in town) or do I improvise? I didn’t have time to run to the less expensive grocery store without running the risk of over-baking the cake, so I made my own powdered sugar!
Homemade Powdered Sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
Put both in a blender and blend until powdered. Yields a little over one cup of powdered sugar.
Pretty easy! But now for the real test. Was it really thrifty? In my case, on this particular day, yes it was. I had sugar on hand as well as cornstarch, so I didn’t have to buy anything, no money out of pocket. However, how does the price comparison really stack up? Well, I’m not sure about your area, but I called my local grocery store, the high priced one, and found the following:
granulated sugar = $1.98 for a 4 lb. bag
powdered sugar = $1.64 for a 2 lb. bag
Now when you figure out how many cups are in each of these you get:
granulated sugar = 4 lb bag = 9 cups
powdered sugar = 2 lb bag = 8 cups
Price per cup:
granulated sugar = $0.22 per cup
powdered sugar = $0.20 per cup
Remember, I didn’t even factor in the cornstarch! So with these calculations, with sugar at regular price, no it’s not cheaper to make your own powdered sugar. However, if sugar went on sale, which it did at my store this week for $0.99 for a 4 lb. bag, then it would be cheaper to make your own.
At any rate, now you know how to make powdered sugar in a pinch! ;)
Oh, and just so you know, the cake was a flop anyway. Really ticked me off, what a waste of ingredients! Far from thrifty. GRRRR
What were your thrifty experiences this week??