Friday, December 21, 2012

Creating Colored Splenda®

Lois, from Walking on Sunshine, creates festive colored sugar for cookie and cake decoration. I found her recipe and wondered if using a sugar substitute like Splenda® would work just as well. She couldn’t see why not and asked me to try it. I did and it turned out to be a great success!

Using Splenda® as a sugar substitute is a great way to cut calories and keep the sweet taste of sugar.  If you have Splenda® granulated no calorie sweetener 1 cup = 1 cup of sugar. I didn’t have the granulated kind, so I used Splenda® packets 24 packets = 1 cup of sugar. I should also mention 1 cup of sugar has 774 calories per cup and 1 cup of Splenda® only has 96 calories. 

1     cup of Splenda® granulated no calorie sweetener or 24 packets of Splenda®
       GEL food coloring, not liquid
¼    teaspoon cornstarch
       Ziploc bag sandwich bag
Gather your ingredients

In the Ziploc bag add the Splenda® and GEL food coloring. I ended up using a lot of food coloring because I wanted a pretty blue, so use your own discretion when it comes to color intensity. 

Seal the bag and start kneading the GEL into the Splenda®. When the desired color is distributed evenly add the ¼ teaspoon of cornstarch. Continue to knead until everything is incorporated. Keep in mind the cornstarch will have no effect on the taste of the Splenda®, it just keeps everything from clumping together.

When everything is incorporated evenly, spread the colored Splenda® onto a plate, and let it dry for 30 minutes.

After the Splenda® is dry I needed to sift out the clumps. I used a fork to help push it through.

Place in a bowl

It is now ready to spoon on to your cookies and cakes. 


  1. Thanks for sharing! I am planning on making a low carb king cake for mardi gras next month and was hoping to find a way to do sugar free colored 'sugar'. What a great find for me!

    1. That sounds delish! Those cakes are always so fun and colorful! I am sure this recipe will help you cut the sugar by leaps and bounds! Please, let me know how it goes.