How to Make Edible Dusting Powder

If you are looking for a way to add some pizzazz to your baked goods, then edible dusting powder is the perfect solution! This easy-to-make ingredient can be used to add color and flavor to your treats, and it is a great way to decorate them for special occasions. This article will teach you how to make edible dusting powder using simple ingredients that you likely have in your kitchen.

how to make edible dusting powder

Dusty rose petals are not just for looks; they can also be eaten! This edible dusting powder is perfect for adding a touch of color and flavor to cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts. It’s easy to make, and all you need is a blender or food processor. Keep reading to learn how to make your edible dusting powder!

10 Effective Ways on How to Make Edible Dusting Powder:

1. Use Boric Acid Powder

Boric acid powder is a product that can be purchased at most pharmacies. It is very fine and should feel like corn starch to the touch. However, this product must be kept away from children, so remember to store it properly!

2. Use Powdered Sugar

Powdered sugar is a great option for dusting, and you can easily make it yourself by blending regular sugar in a food processor or blender.

3. Use Regular Sugar

To make this dusting powder, you will need a tablespoon of cornstarch and a cup of sugar. First, combine the cornstarch and sugar in a blender or food processor. Then, blend or process the mixture until it reaches your desired consistency.

4. Use Sugar-Free Creamer

Another option is to use sugar-free instant coffee creamer for dusting powder. The advantage here is that you can keep it right next to your coffee pot and save time by not having to move it whenever you want a hot drink.

5. Use Arrowroot Powder

Arrowroot powder is an excellent alternative to make edible dusting powder. It is a gluten-free thickener and can be used in place of cornstarch. Arrowroot powder is derived from the rhizomes of the arrowroot plant, Maranta arundinacea. It is a perennial herb that grows to a height of 1–2 m and has large, lanceolate leaves.

6. Use Non-Dairy Creamer

Though it’s more expensive, non-dairy creamer can be used to make edible dusting powder. The downside is that it might not mix well with everything and can leave a gritty texture on some dishes.

Use Arrowroot Powder

7. Use Fresh Lemon Juice

Fresh lemon juice can make a fantastic edible dusting powder. Sugar is used in most dusting powders because it has lots of crystals and dissolves quickly; however, you don’t need to use sugar if you use fresh lemon juice. This might be good news for people who want something they can use on their desserts but do not like the taste of sugar or artificial sweeteners.

8. Use Brown Sugar

Brown sugar is another option for making dusting powder and is also an excellent choice because it has a coarse texture that makes it perfect for baking foods. This will give your food the crunchy, sweet taste you might look for without adding artificial sugars chemicals to your food.

9. Use cornstarch

Cornstarch is an excellent option for making dusting powder because it absorbs moisture and will help dehydrate the top layer of your food. The result is a crunchy texture that can be used on all sorts of dishes, from pastries to hamburgers.

10. Use Regular Flour

Regular flour can also make a great dusting powder, and it will have the same taste as you would expect from regular sugar. The downside to this is that it only works for sweet dishes because the taste of flour isn’t very appetizing in savory dishes.

Step by Step Guide: How to Make Edible Dusting Powder

Step 1: Get some cornstarch

You can use regular, organic, gluten-free, whatever. It doesn’t matter. If you’re not sure if your cornstarch is edible or not, then we would probably go ahead and buy a bag that says “edible” on it to be safe. Or make friends with someone who bakes a lot and ask them for some.

Step 2: Put some cornstarch in a bag or container with a lid

We used one of those large plastic bags from Costco that you can use to store clothes in during a move. A quart-sized baggie works great. If you’re using a Ziploc type of bag, then be sure to use one that’s big enough for the cornstarch to move around in easily. You want it loose, not packed in tightly.

Use Cornstarch

Step 3: Shake it up good!

Add some of your favorite essential oils. We used peppermint oil because we wanted our dusting powder to smell fresh and feel cooling on the skin, but feel free to experiment with different oils based on what you’re making it for. For example, eucalyptus oil would be great for sinuses, and lavender is good for relaxation, citrus smells are refreshing, etc.

Step 4: Shake some more!

Shake it up at least several times throughout a couple of days. This is how long it takes for the essential oils to infuse into the powder well enough that they’ll smell strong when you open the container and feel waxy on your skin when you use it.

Step 5: Store in a cool, dark place

It doesn’t matter if it’s a cabinet or drawer; be sure that it’s relatively dust-free and stays reasonably cool. This keeps the cornstarch from going bad, which would cause your dusting powder to spoil after a while and smell yucky.

Step 6: Enjoy!

Smooth some of the dusting powder on your skin (underarms, chest, neck, etc.) after you get out of the shower, while your skin is still damp, or anytime you want. Remember to use caution when applying it to sensitive areas like your inner thighs if you tend to have easily irritated skin there. Use it sparingly at first until you see how the cornstarch affects your body chemistry. If it feels too powdery on your skin, add a little more water to your skin before applying it.

This is the easiest way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils anywhere on your body without having to use messy lotions or other products. Plus, it’s non-greasy and hypoallergenic!

Some Helpful Tips and Suggestions

Here we have given some tips and suggestions on how to make edible dusting powder.

1. You will have to use a little bit of trial and error to see how much power you need to top the treats with so they are no longer sticky.

2. While mixing your ingredients, add milk one tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

Use Regular Flour

3. You can use an electric mixer instead of mixing by hand. Mixing will take longer, but it reduces the time you come into contact with the food coloring and cornstarch mixture.

4. The dusting powder should easily fall off your dry topping when you flip it upside down and give it a tap.

5. Store the dusting powder in an airtight container after using it to avoid any sifting.

6. If you are worried about children coming into contact with the food coloring, leave it out and use gel food coloring (if desired).

7. You can experiment with different edible items like coconut or ground nuts for your topping.

What Is Edible Luster Dust Made of?

Edible luster dust is a shimmering powder that you can use to decorate foods and make crafts. You can find it at the cake and candy supply stores, in the baking aisle of some grocery stores, and online. It’s made from cornstarch, sugar, and mica-based pearlescent pigments (refined fish scales). It was formulated so that small amounts rubbed onto soft food surfaces will dissolve on the tongue.

Eating a little luster dust is not considered a health risk because the ingredients are non-toxic and safe to ingest. However, it should not be eaten or handled by children because it could cause unpleasant reactions. If you get it in your eyes or on your skin, rinse with water and contact a poison control center.

How Do You Make Luster Dust?

Edible dusting powder is a specialty cosmetic product that provides a finishing touch to baked goods and other confections. The dusting powder can be made from ingredients readily available in grocery stores or home kitchens. It’s the perfect way to make your luster dust for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and you name it.

Luster dust is a powder used to decorate sweets with a metallic shimmer. Luster dust can be purchased online in small quantities, but you’ll save money by making your in-house if you’re planning on using the dust often. You can buy luster dust in popular colors like gold or silver at specialty cake supply stores or purchase edible dusting powder at cake supply stores or online.


In this blog post, we have discussed how to make edible dusting powder. This is a great way to add flavor and decoration to your cakes and cupcakes! We have talked about different methods in this blog post, one using royal icing and the other using melted chocolate. So whether you are a beginner or an experienced baker, you should be able to follow these steps and create some delicious dusting powder of your own! 

This recipe is easy to follow and customized to fit your needs. Be sure to experiment with different flavors and colors to find the perfect combination for your bakery or special event. Have you tried making your dusting powder? What flavor combinations did you use? Let us know in the comments below!

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