Substitute for baking powder

An Innovative and Effective Substitute For Baking Powder

Are you planning to do some baking soon? You’ve probably come across an ingredient list that has baking powder in it. If you’re wondering what baking powder is for, it’s actually a leavening agent. It’s also alternatively called a raising agent, and is used both to lighten a baked good’s texture and increase its volume.


Avid bakers usually have some baking powder stashed away in their pantry, but if you’re just starting out, you may not have some on the ready. Or maybe the recipe you have calls for more baking powder than what you have. Well, that’s definitely happened to me before, and for sure you’re wanting a substitute for baking powder.


Here are some of my top suggestions for a good substitute for baking powder. I’m sure you’ll find the best substitute for your baking needs.

1. Cream of Tartar and Baking Soda

This is a common substitute for baking powder that you can find out there. An easy rule to remember is to always use twice the amount of cream of tartar over baking soda. A teaspoon of baking powder will be the equivalent of ½ teaspoon of cream of tartar plus ¼ teaspoon baking soda.


If you keep these proportions in mind, you’ll be able to figure out what suits your recipe very easily.

2. Sour Dairy and Baking Soda

Baking powder’s effectiveness actually comes from the reaction of the acid and bicarbonate. Baking soda is one such bicarbonate, which means that to trigger the reaction, you’ll have to add something acidic to the mixture.

If your recipe already calls for something dairy, you may as well use sour dairy and baking soda. You have quite a number of options. You can use yogurt, buttermilk, or even sour milk if you happen to have that handy. You can also choose to add lemon juice to your milk to give it the acidity it needs.

The ratio is quite large, though. For every ½ teaspoon of baking soda, you’ll need a cup of your chosen sour dairy. To compensate, you can reduce the amount of your other liquid ingredients. For example, if your recipe calls for 2 cups of milk, you can just use one and it’ll work just fine.

3. Vinegar or Lemon Juice and Baking Soda

If you prefer a little more sour kick to your recipe, or if you’re making something with citrus in the first place, this substitute for baking powder will work well for you. The ratio to use is also twice as much vinegar or lemon juice than baking soda.

This substitute is also particularly useful because most people have vinegar sitting around in their kitchen. If you’re worried about the taste, don’t worry; it won’t change a thing!

4. Molasses and Baking Soda

By contrast, if you’re making something very sweet, you may want to use molasses and baking soda instead. The ratio to use is ⅜ cup of molasses with ¼ teaspoon baking soda.

As it’s also quite a big ratio, don’t be afraid to take the extra liquid out of your other ingredients to compensate. As a big fan of molasses’ sweet taste, I really enjoy this substitute for baking powder.

I hope you’ve decided on a good substitute for baking powder from my list. Just remember to act fast and add your substitute in quickly, because it has no preservatives. I hope you have fun with your baking!

About the Author Hong Quy

Born in Hanoi, can speak English and Japanese fluently. Become interested in cooking after married, and love to share easy Japanese recipes with anyone has the same interest.

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