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I love your show! It has gotten my 11-year-old daughter interested in baking and cake decorating. Our question: Is it necessary to sift powdered sugar when making buttercream icing? What difference does sifting make in the icing?

Kate - from Tomball, TX

Sifting the powdered (or confectioners') sugar prevents lumps in your icing. A freshly opened bag or box of sugar usually doesn't require sifting, but unless you store it in an airtight container, it's best to sift sugar that has been opened.


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