Need homemade frosting? Maybe you don’t like store brands, or you’ve run out of confectioner’s sugar. Or maybe you are one of the growing number of families that need to avoid corn products, and have to have a powdered sugar without the corn starch. Here it is finally, a sweet treat for that birthday party that your child has been invited to, and it is corn starch free and easy to make.
As most corn allergy sufferers know, commercial confectioner’s sugar, or powdered sugar, is generally off limits because manufacturers use corn starch to keep the sugar from caking. You can make your own very simply at home with the right equipment. Simply use your favorite cupcake recipe and then add a touch of my homemade frosting recipe on top. Your child will be sure to love these special treats! This frosting recipe is grain free, and if you use organic granulated sugar it’s also non-GMO, too.
Homemade Frosting (Corn free)
Making Confectioner’s Sugar
To make your own confectioner’s sugar, all you need is a regular bag of granulated sugar, and if you’d like, potato or tapioca starch, and about two minutes of your time. Just place 2 cups of granulated sugar and 2 Tablespoons of tapioca starch in a mini blender (like the Nutribullet). Blend on high for about 2 minutes. If needed, sift the confectioner’s sugar when done to remove clumps.
Buying Corn free Confectioner’s Sugar
- Wholesome Organic Powdered Sugar
- Trader Joe’s Powdered Sugar
Ingredients for Homemade Frosting:
- 3 cups of confectioner’s sugar
- 1/3 cup butter (softened) or Spectrum palm shortening if you are dairy free
- 1-2 Tablespoons milk (cow, almond, any kind will do)
Directions For Homemade Frosting:
Add two tablespoons of cold butter (or Spectrum Palm Oil if you are dairy free) into the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on low. When it is creamed, add the confectioner’s sugar in slow increments to prevent a dust cloud from forming. Mix well. Once that is mixed, add 1-2 tablespoons of milk (any kind will do, cow, soy, rice, almond) in slow increments to determine desired consistency.
For best results, if your frosting gluten free cupcakes, do it while they are frozen. This will help prevent crumbling. This recipe does not include vanilla flavoring, and you are welcome to add it if you are not allergic to corn and like flavoring. You can also flavor the frosting with food grade peppermint oil or lemon oil as well and add food coloring as desired.