Powdered Sugar Icing


Use this powdered sugar icing on Christmas cookie recipes, to drizzle over your favorite cakes, and any other sweet treat you desire.

Prep Time:
1 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
1/2 cup (enough to drizzle over one 10-inch tube cake)

When you don't want or need heavy-duty buttercream, keep a bag of icing sugar around. This powdered sugar frosting adds just the right amount of sweetness without going too far. Whip up the easy powdered sugar icing to go over cakes, cinnamon rolls, sugar cookies, and more. Chocolate fan? Find our delicious chocolate powdered sugar icing variation below.


  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 tablespoon milk or orange juice


  1. In a small bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Stir in additional milk or juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it reaches drizzling consistency. Makes 1/2 cup (enough to drizzle over one 10-inch tube cake).

    powdered sugar icing in bowl and drizzled on bundt cake

    BHG / Sonia Bozzo

Chocolate Powdered Sugar Icing:

Prepare as above, except add 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder to the powdered sugar. Do not use the orange juice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

34 Calories
8g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Calories 34
% Daily Value *
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 8g
Potassium 2mg 0%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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