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    Powdered Sugar

    Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:14 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Does anyone know what I can exchange for cornstarch when making my own powdered sugar? I am allergic to corn and can not eat powdered sugar that is purchased because they all come with cornstarch.
    I thought making my cake from scratch would enable me to use the C&H powdered sugar to make my frosting but today I have swollen glands and hives and sores in the back of my mouth. icon_sad.gif So I guess I need to find a substitute for cornstarch.
    Thanks for all replys!
    Jacqueline in KY
    Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:40 pm Groupie
    Welcome to the forums and hope you can find everything you are looking for, if not ask and I will see what I can do to help.

    I have a vitamix and I can put plain sugar in it and make powdered sugar, I have never done it and don't know how it would work but you do have to use it as soon as you make it. I think the corn starch just keeps it from caking when stored or it can be used for a thickening agent in the sugar, too. I found lots of recipes on line but all call for the corn starch.

    Here is a link to go to that says you can make it without the cornstarch but only if your recipe can handle not having the thickening agent.
    Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:14 pm
    Forum Host
    Ann, I wonder if you wouldn't be better off finding a recipe for frosting that fit your requirements?

    I can recommend the following:
    Seafoam Frosting
    Fluffy White Frosting
    Flour Frosting
    Grandma's Chocolate Fudge Frosting
    Top Secret Peanut Butter Frosting
    Coconut Pecan Frosting
    Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:16 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks, I will try to make it without the cornstarch. I know it helps thicken and makes the frosting fluffy but I just can't handle any corn at all.
    Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:36 pm
    Forum Host
    Ann, take a look at the recipes in my last post. They contain no corn products at all and I think you'll be very happy with them.

    If you give any of them a try, recipe reviews are very much appreciated! icon_smile.gif
    Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:09 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks, Molly, I will. I appreciate your posting them for me! icon_biggrin.gif
    Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:21 am Groupie
    Doing a quick search around the Internet:

    Trader Joe's Organic Powdered Sugar contains tapioca starch not cornstarch.

    Whole Foods' 365 brand organic powdered sugar is made with tapioca starch.

    Safeway's house O brand of organic also uses Tapioca instead of corn.

    Miss Roben's has Corn Free Confectioner's Sugar
    Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:57 am Groupie
    auzzi, thank you for posting!! I'm sure it will help AnnEGetYourGun!!
    Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:38 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thank you so much for this information. It will enable me to enjoy the occasional cake with frosting and not get sick.
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