What do you do when you don’t have what you need in the pantry and you are in the middle of baking? Has this ever happened to you? Use this Baking Substitutions chart when you run out of ingredients that you need and you need to substitute an item.
There is nothing more frustrating when you are making those special birthday cupcakes or pie or a fancy dessert to find out that you are out of one of the key ingredients. You can see more of my Kitchen Tips here.
Baking Substitutions Chart, when you run out of ingredients
What happens when you need cake flour and you only have all-purpose? Or maybe you need buttermilk and you forgot it at the store. Maybe you need Cream of TarTar and why do you need it anyway?
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You will get 36 substitutions for everyday baking ingredients that will get your recipe complete without having to stop and run to the store to buy something you are out of. Keep in mind your recipe may be altered a little bit by taste or texture, but I can assure you it will still be delicious.
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Baking Substitutions For Some Common Ingredients
Brown Sugar: 1 cup white sugar + 1/4 cup molasses (decrease liquids in the recipe by 1/4 cup)
white sugar or 1 1/4 cups confection’s sugar
Butter (salted) 1 cup margarine or 1 cup shortening + 1/2 teaspoon salt or 7/8 cup vegetable
oil + 1/2 teaspoon salt or 7/8 cup lard plus 1/2 teaspoon salt VEGAN (Earth
Balance Butter Sticks +1/2 salt
Buttermilk 1 cup yogurt or 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar + milk to equal 1 cup
Cocoa 2 oz square of unsweetened chocolate
Cream of tartar 2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar for each 1 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar
Egg 1/2 banana mashed with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Fats (baking) 1 cup applesauce or 1 cup fruit puree for every cup
Herbs (fresh) 1 tablespoon chopped 1 teaspoon dried
Lemon Juice 1/2 teaspoon vinegar or 1 teaspoon white wine or 1 teaspoon lime juice
Sour Cream 1 cup plain yogurt or 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar + enough cream to
make 1 cup or 3/4 cup buttermilk mixed with 1/3 cup butter
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This article has been updated since March 2016.
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