Baking Powder Substitute – How to Make Baking Powder in Minutes

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Whether you are out of baking powder or just looking to avoid the not so appealing ingredients of a store-bought baking powder, learn how to make baking powder at home in just minutes. This baking powder substitute recipe is corn-free, aluminum-free, gluten-free, and Paleo friendly.

What does baking powder do?

Baking powder is a leavening agent. It is used to expand your baked good’s volume making it lighter and not so dense. It is a combination of bicarbonate and a weak acid. When mixed with a liquid it creates carbon dioxide in the batter, making it airy and fluffy once baked.

How is baking powder different than baking soda?

They are both leavening agents. Baking powder is part baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and part acid, while baking soda is just pure sodium bicarbonate without any acid to help it along. This means that if a recipe just has baking soda, it needs an acid in the recipe to help it activate.

Why do some recipes need both?

Recipes often require both baking powder and baking soda. These recipes usually have an acidic ingredient, like lemons, vinegar, maple syrup, applesauce, etc., to activate the baking soda, but it’s not enough to completely leaven the batter and needs a little help from the baking powder. It’s a balancing act.

How to Make a Baking Powder Substitute

This is so simple! Combine 1 part baking soda and 2 parts cream of tartar. That’s it!

If you are making more than what you need for a recipe to store for later, add 1 part arrowroot flour to the mixture to help absorb moisture and keep it from activating. Store in an air-tight jar for up to one month. It loses its effect over time, so I suggest making it in smaller batches as you need it.

Note that this is a single-acting baking powder. It reacts when liquid is added to it. So make sure your baking recipe gets to the oven as soon as it’s mixed and ready.

Baking Powder Substitute - How to Make Baking Powder in Minutes

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Baking Powder Substitute
Prep Time
3 mins
 

Learn how to make baking powder at home in just minutes. This baking powder substitute recipe is corn-free, aluminum-free, gluten-free, and Paleo friendly.

Author: Erin Higgs
Ingredients
For immediate use (Amount 3 tsp)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
Larger batch (Amount 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot flour (optional)
Instructions
For immediate use
  1. Combine baking soda and cream of tartar. That's it! Now its ready to use as baking powder.

Larger batch
  1. Combine baking soda, cream of tartar, and arrowroot flour. Store in an air-tight container for up to one month.

Recipe Notes

Need a different amount?

 

Customize the amount you need with this simple recipe: Combine 1 part baking soda and 2 parts cream of tartar. That's it!

 

If you are making more than what you need for a recipe to store for later, add 1 part arrowroot flour to the mixture to help absorb moisture and keep it from activating. But this ingredient is completely optional if you don't want to add it. Store in an air-tight jar for up to one month. It loses its effect over time, so I suggest making it in smaller batches as you need it.

 

Single-Acting Baking Powder

 

Note that this is a single-acting baking powder. It reacts when liquid is added to it. So make sure your baking recipe gets to the oven as soon as it's mixed and ready.

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