How to Substitute Baking Soda for Baking Powder

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  1. NSOH ALIEH LAURINE says:

    Baking was one of my favorite hobbies when I was young. I developed a strong passion for it, and wouldn’t let a bakery book go by without getting my own copy. AlI I knew was to mix the various ingredients in their proportions and bake my cakes. And my favorite treat was Nutmeg Cake followed by Devil’s Food Cake. Wow. I also had the recipes of German Chocolate Cake as well as Yellow Cake off hand. What has happened to all these passions?  This blog has brought back some good memories. I’m getting to realize that I learned quite a lot during my younger years.

    But learning how to create the ingredients myself, never ever thought of that. And very surprised and how easy it is to improvise in the kitchen. Thank you very much for such an informative post. You actually brought back good memories. 

    • Don Herman says:

      Lots of good memories come out of the kitchen, eh?  It has all the sensory elements – smell, taste, touch, sight and even hearing the crackle of something crisping up on the stove.  Glad to have brought some of that back for you.

  2. Stunning Bell says:

    Baking was one of my favorite hobbies when I was young. I developed a strong passion for it, and wouldn’t let a bakery book go by without getting my own copy. AlI I knew was to mix the various ingredients in their proportions and bake my cakes. And my favorite treat was Nutmeg Cake followed by Devil’s Food Cake. Wow. I also had the recipes of German Chocolate Cake as well as Yellow Cake off hand. What has happened to all these passions? This blog has brought back some good memories. I’m getting to realize that I learned quite a lot during my younger years.

    But learning how to create the ingredients myself, never ever thought of that. And very surprised and how easy it is to improvise in the kitchen. Thank you very much for such an informative post. You actually brought back good memories.

  3. David says:

    Fantastic article. I never knew the difference between the 2, I always added what the recipe asked for. What is the benefit of making your own and knowing you have to work fast to get it in the oven? It sounds like a great idea using natural soda and definitely going to give that a try. I took down the recipes I want to make my own and see how it works wish me luck on that and I will return and let you know how it went. I also went through your site and some amazing recipes that chicken pot pie looks to die for and I’m going to try and make that. This is a great website and I will keep returning for more great recipes. 

                                          Thank you,

                                                     David

    • Don Herman says:

      Generally, you want to use baking POWDER if you have it – but if you DON’T, you can substitute the soda.  You just need to remember to add some acid with it (which is what baking powder already has in it, with the cream of tartar).  You will love the pot pie!  Let me know how it turns out for you!

  4. Kara says:

    Don,

    I love to cook but I have never been a great baker.  When I went gluten free it became even harder to make good baked goods!  This article was so wonderful because when I do choose to bake I usually end up missing an ingredient…usually baking powder!  I also had no idea that there was a man made vs a natural baking powder.  This will make me think twice about the brands I buy for cleaning versus cooking!  Thank you so much for this article I learned so much from it!

    KARA

    • Don Herman says:

      It’s a common mistake, hence the article!  Going gluten-free definitely adds a lot of other variables to your baking.  I’ve had some good success with gluten-free mixes by Bob’s Red Mill.  Give those a try sometime.  It saves a LOT OF HASSLE!  🙂

  5. rufat says:

    Thank you very much for the recipe of baking powder. I didn’t know it could be prepared at home using natural means. We use chemicals so often in our modern life that it’s really great to learn something new that can prepared at your own home. I will try it and share my experience with it.  

    • Don Herman says:

      Yep, it’s really a pretty simple concept – something to create bubbles!  But knowing when and how to use it can be a bit of a trick.  Glad it’s helpful.  

  6. Darren says:

    hi 

    Is it then easier to use baking powder as it has all the ingredients needed to create the reaction to release the gas bubbles ? 

    I do enjoy baking and I have to say I have always used baking powder rather than soda and my cakes have always baked light and fluffy and now I know why! 

    This has been a very insightful read and has got me in the mood to bake! 

    • Don Herman says:

      Baking powder is DEFINITELY easier, as it gives you a lot more time to fuss around with getting the batter mixed right and any other items mixed in.  With the soda substitute, while it will work fine, you kinda have to get it in the oven, chop-chop!  I would only use it if you were in a bind.  But that happens!  

  7. Stella says:

    Hey Don;

    What a great post on Baking soda and baking powder. I became totally absorbed in reading it. I do bake from time to time, but I didn’t know there was so much to know about these two products.

    I’m inspired now to do some more baking and experiment with them to look for the differences. I think that those of us who like to work in the kitchen are really kids at heart who like to play “scientist.” Just as you pointed out!

    Thanks! 🙂

    • Don Herman says:

      I know!  The whole art of it appeals to my science teacher background.  I mean . . . you put this liquid mass in a hot oven and a few minutes later – PRESTO!  You have something completely different.  Glad you enjoyed it.

  8. i of those separations is to get a baking powder and made cake which i love to eat. And baking soda will help you to reduce problem in the body system.

  9. Theresa says:

    All of this seems so simple, but I have to admit that I never knew the difference between baking soda and baking powder! I don’t cook much, but I’m trying to learn how to bake mostly by following recipes and hoping for the best. I figured soda and powder were about the same thing, but I see now that they can really make or break your final product. I’m going to print this and put it on the fridge so I don’t forget what can and cannot be substituted.

    • Don Herman says:

      Good idea!  Once you’ve done it a few times you’ll never forget.  Keep reading for other tips!

  10. Brandon says:

    When I was a kid I always wondered what the difference was between baking powder and baking soda, and my mom just said one rises whatever you’re baking and the other one doesn’t. Ever since that advice I have never done any research on it but I wanted to find EXACTLY what the differences were and thanks to your article now I know. I’ve never heard of creating your own baking powder but I want to try it out and that’s what I intend to do this weekend. Thanks a lot my friend!

  11. Mel says:

    Wow! Just took a screen shot of your variations. Good to know. Thanks for the information!