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Home Substitute baking powder:So you’ve got a recipe that calls for baking soda, but you’re fresh out. What now? Are you going to have to rush out to the store and buy some before you can bake your cake, biscuits or bread? Not necessarily. There are plenty of substitutions for baking soda and using them is as easy as adding extra ingredients to your batter or dough (and sometimes as simple as not adding an ingredient at all).
Substituting baking powder for baking soda
Baking soda is a base, while baking powder is a combination of an acid and baking soda. This means that you can use baking powder in place of baking soda if you’re making an acidic recipe (one with vinegar or lemon juice, for example), but not vice versa.
If you have a recipe that calls for 1 tsp of baking powder, substitute 2 tsp cornstarch mixed with 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar instead.
CREAM OF TARTAR + BAKING SODA
Cream of tartar is a byproduct of winemaking, so it’s very easy to find in grocery stores. It’s also used for many other purposes, including stabilizing egg whites and whipping cream. Cream of tartar can be used to stabilize mayonnaise too!
You’ll want to use 1 tablespoon cream of tartar for every teaspoon baking soda called for in your recipe.
Buttermilk + Baking Soda
Buttermilk is a fermented milk product with a rich, tangy flavor. It’s also a by-product of the butter-making process, which means that it’s always on hand in most kitchens—and it’s an excellent substitute for regular baking soda.
Baking soda has some pretty impressive qualities: it reacts with acidic ingredients to create carbon dioxide bubbles that expand in heat and help cakes rise dramatically when baked. Buttermilk brings those same qualities to your baked goods as well, but without any chemical reaction. It gives you all the leavening you need without making things taste like chemicals!
It doesn’t hurt that buttermilk tastes amazing either—it adds just enough moisture to recipes so they’re not dry or crumbly while still remaining light and fluffy once cooked through (thanks largely due to its acidity). Use this recipe as your go-to cake batter base from now on!
- 1 cup of whole milk
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
Yogurt + Baking Soda
- In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of yogurt with 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
- This mixture can be used immediately or stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
WHITE VINEGAR OR APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
White vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and other vinegars are acidic liquids that react with baking soda to release carbon dioxide bubbles. The bubbles cause the dough to rise, creating air pockets within it. Vinegar is also used in recipes that call for self-rising flour because the leavening agents in self-rising flour contain sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and monocalcium phosphate (a source of calcium), but no acid to react with it; when you add vinegar in this case, you’re simply supplementing what’s already there!
Here’s how much white vinegar or apple cider vinegar you can substitute for each teaspoon of baking powder:
Sour Milk + Baking Soda
- Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda into 2 cups of milk.
- Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then stir it well before using.
LEMON JUICE + BAKING SODA
- Use 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice for each teaspoon of baking soda.
- Add the lemon juice to dry ingredients.
- The lemon juice will react with the baking soda to create carbon dioxide which helps your muffins rise.
Molasses + Baking Soda
If you’re in need of a substitute for baking powder, try combining 1/2 teaspoon molasses with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Add the molasses to your dry ingredients and the baking soda to your wet ingredients (making sure they are well mixed). For example:
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup sugar (omit if you don’t want sweet)
- 1 egg (or equivalent)
Combine all of these ingredients together in one bowl, then add approximately 1 cup of water and mix well until batter is smooth.
I hope these tips and advice have helped you on your baking journey! You’re now ready to create some tasty treats that are sure to please!