How do you make frosting without powdered sugar?

Answer

It's not hard to find recipes for frosting that use confectioner's sugar or powdered sugar. But what about those times where your sweet tooth simply can't be satiated by the sweet, but not-too-sweet, character given to frostings based on those powdery sugars? Friend, you need to make some frosting with granulated sugar!

There are some tricks to making sure the frosting comes out smooth and creamy, avoiding the grainy endgame that using granulated sugar would seem to set you up for.

  1. You'll want a mixture of flour and milk: about 4-5 T. flour to 1 c. milk.
  2. Heat up the milk in a saucepan and whisk thoroughly, but – here's the first trick – only heat and stir as long as you need to get the flour to incorporate and thicken the milk.
  3. Take that mixture off heat and let it cool down.
  4. The second major tip, cooks agree, for having smooth, rich frosting with granulated sugar is to make sure you thoroughly whip the butter-sugar mixture (1 part butter or shortening, 1 part sugar) until it's light and fluffy, then thoroughly beating in vanilla (and food coloring, too, if you so choose).
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