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Hi Nancy, When a recipe calls for sifted powdered sugar..as in buttercream frosting, do you sift first then measure or visa versa?

Aurora - from Sitka, AK

When a recipe says “1 cup sifted powdered sugar”, you sift the sugar, then measure it by gently spooning the sugar into a nesting measuring cup, overfilling it and leveling it off. If the recipe calls for “1 cup powdered sugar, sifted”, you would measure the sugar, then sift it.


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