Missing An Ingredient?

common ingredients

It is most frustrating when you are all excited to bake a cake or dessert and half way through your recipe you find you are missing baking ingredients. Instead of giving up or having to stop to drive to your local convenience store, which they charge you double price for, you can substitute an ingredient that is more common in your household. I recommend you read the recipe over and check to make sure you have each and every ingredient before you start and have your oven preheating! If you are missing an ingredient, check our list below for a substitute.

Common Baking Substitutions

  • Buttermilk
    • For every 1/2 cup buttermilk needed substitute 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar plus enough milk to make 1/2 cup. Let stand for about 5 minutes.
  • Cream of Tarter
    • For every 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter needed substitute 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice or white vinegar.
  • Whole Milk (3.5%)
    • For every 1 cup whole milk needed substitute 1 cup skim milk plus 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine.
  • Corn Syrup
    • For every 1 cup corn syrup substitute 1 cup honey
  • Egg Yolks
    • For every 2 egg yolks needed substitute 1 whole egg
  • Salted Butter
    • For every 1/2 cup salted butter needed substitute 1/2 cup unsalted butter plus 1/4 teaspoon salt OR substitute with 1/2 cup margarine or shortening.
  • Unsalted Butter
    • For every 1/2 cup unsalted butter needed substitute 1/2 cup salted butter and decrease 1/4 teaspoon salt in recipe OR substitute with 1/2 cup margarine or shortening.

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