DIY Baking Powder is a simple recipe for the times when you run out of baking powder and need a substitute. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “What can I use instead of baking powder for cake?” then this DIY Baking Powder recipe is perfect for you!
Have you ever been in the middle of baking, only to realize you’ve run out of a key ingredient? It’s so frustrating. But if the thing you’ve run out of happens to be baking powder or powdered sugar, you’re in luck, because you can make your own!
To get the recipe for DIY Powdered Sugar, check out this post. It’s so easy!
DIY Baking Powder is also extremely easy. You’ll need just 2 ingredients to make it.
What is the difference between baking powder and baking soda?
While both are used in baking as leavening agents, baking powder and baking soda are quite different. Leavening is used in baking to make things rise. If you skip using a leavening in something like a bread, you’ll end up with it flat.
According to Basically,
“On a nerdy, chemical level, baking soda is the commercial name for sodium bicarbonate. When sodium bicarbonate comes into contact with both a liquid and an acid—think buttermilk, yogurt, molasses, coffee, citrus juice, or vinegar—it produces carbon dioxide gas, and those bubbles produce the lift that you’re looking for. (Remember those papier maché volcanoes you made in middle school science class? Same thing!) The important thing to remember is that this reaction starts as soon as the ingredients are mixed together, so you want to get baked goods that call for baking soda into the oven as soon as possible before the reaction peters out.
“Baking powder is also made of bicarbonate of soda but with a powdered acid—often cream of tartar—mixed right in. What this means is that all baking power needs is moisture for a reaction to occur, no added acid necessary. Much of the baking powder you find on the market is called “double-acting,” meaning it has a two-part reaction. The first occurs immediately when the powder dissolves in the batter, but the second occurs more slowly when heated. Baking powder allows for more flexibility because you can let the batter or dough sit for a little while before baking and still get the rise you’re after.”
What happens if you don’t use baking powder in a recipe that calls for it?
If you decide to skip the baking powder in a recipe that calls for it, you’ll end up with a very dense end product, because it didn’t rise at all. It should still be edible, but it won’t turn out the way it’s supposed to. Have you ever had a cake or bread that is extremely dense? That’s what you’ll end up with.
What can I use DIY Baking Powder to make?
DIY Baking Powder can be used in any recipe that calls for baking powder. This includes any recipe for biscuits, pancakes, muffins, cookies, or anything else that calls for baking powder. You can even make your own Bisquick mix with this DIY Baking Powder!
For recipes that can use DIY baking powder, check out these delicious recipes!
- 2 parts cream of tartar
- 1 part baking soda
- Combine 2 parts cream of tartar to 1 part baking soda. This could be a combination of 2 tsp. cream or tartar and 1 tsp. baking soda, or 4 Tbsp. cream of tartar and 2 Tbsp. baking soda. Whatever amount you're wanting to make, just make sure you use double the amount of cream of tartar as baking soda.
- Mix well, and stir in an air tight container.
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