The Art of Substitutes

No matter how great you are at baking, you’ll still face the challenge of lacking one or more ingredients from time to time. Although it’s best to prepare everything before you bake, there will be times an ingredient runs out or is past its expiry date.

But don’t fret! NewGen Baker is no stranger to this situation, that’s why we’re sharing these baking substitutes to help you out. Because you’re swapping ingredients, what you’re baking might not taste exactly the way you want it to. But it will still taste good—or even better!

So without further ado, here are 7 baking substitutes that can save you from a baking disaster.


#1 Baking Powder

In case you didn’t know, this ingredient plays a huge part when it comes to the texture of your baked goods. To substitute a teaspoon, all you need is 1/3 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of “food grade” potassium bicarbonate.

#2 Cake Flour

Forgot to pick up cake flour the last time you went to the supermarket? There’s a pretty simple fix. To substitute 1 cup of cake flour, combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 7/8 cups of all-purpose flour (7/8 cups equals ¾ cup and 2 tablespoons).

#3 Cream of Tartar

If your local baking supplies store doesn’t have this in stock, simply substitute it with lemon juice or white vinegar. For one teaspoon of Cream of Tartar, you’ll need two teaspoons of vinegar or juice.

#4 Cream Cheese

If you’re baking a cheesecake, substituting this ingredient may affect the taste. However, you’ll be using a healthier alternative when you swap a cup of cream cheese for ½ cup of ricotta cheese and ½ cup unflavored yogurt.

#5 Egg

Not having enough eggs on-hand can be a nightmare for any baker. Before you throw in the towel, consider bananas or some leftover apple sauce as a substitute. You can either half one banana and puree it, or you can use 1/3 cup apple sauce. Combine either of these with ½ teaspoon of baking powder to substitute for 1 egg.

#6 Sour Cream

Never leave all-purpose cream out overnight to make it go sour, otherwise you’ll end up with stomachache! Instead, use lemon or vinegar mixed with milk or unflavored yogurt. One cup of sour cream equals 1 cup of milk and a tablespoon or lemon juice or vinegar. One cup of yogurt also works as a substitute.

#7 Honey

You can use 1 cup of corn syrup to replace 1 cup of honey, although you would lose out on some health benefits. No corn syrup? Simply combine 1 ¼ cups of sugar and ¼ cup of water.

We hope you find these substitutes useful. Leave a comment below to tell us how these worked for you and how your final products turned out.

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