How many times have you decided to make something, only to discover that you are missing an ingredient? Before I hop in the car and go to the store, I try to figure out how to modify a recipe so that I don’t have to use that ingredient. If I determine that the missing ingredient is essential and no substitutions will do, then I try to figure out a way to make that ingredient.
I had just left the grocery store and was driving home when my oldest son called to tell we had an unexpected visitor. He informed me that he had started making a cake for our guest but was afraid that we didn’t have enough powdered sugar to make frosting for the cake. I was torn between turning around and going back to the store and rushing home. Since I had my youngest son with me, I decided there was no way that I could quickly get in and out of the store and decided to improvise when I got home.
When I got home I discovered that my son opted to make a plain vanilla cake and was too far along for me to turn it into a flavorful snack cake. A substituion would not do; I needed powdered sugar to make Mocha Fudge Frosting. So I used granulated sugar to make powdered sugar.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon corn starch
- Place sugar in a blender or food processor. Blend on high until it begins to look powdery.
- Add cornstarch and then blend for one more minute until it is light and fluffy.
Repeat until you have as much powdered sugar as you need for your recipe. Use as directed in your recipe.