Have you ever found out, the night before of course, that you child needs a dozen cupcakes for school but you’re completely out of baking powder? Perhaps you have a yearning for spice cake but you have no nutmeg. The next time you discover you’re missing a key ingredient, take a look at this list before you run out to the store. There may be a substitution just inside your pantry or refrigerator door.
Baking Powder: If the recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of baking powder, you can substitute 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.
Cornstarch: If you’re out of cornstarch, you can substitute 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour for each 1 tablespoon of cornstarch needed.
Cake Flour: If you need cake flour, but only have all-purpose flour, you can substitute one cup minus 2 tablespoons for each cup needed.
Unsweetened Chocolate – If the recipe calls for 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate, you can substitute 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil.
Sweet Baking Chocolate – If you need sweet baking chocolate and only have unsweetened, substitute 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus 1/3 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons vegetable oil for each 4 ounces of baking chocolate called for.
Honey – 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup water is equivalent to 1 cup of honey.
Buttermilk – If the recipe calls for 1 cup of buttermilk, you can substitute 1 tablespoon of lemon juice plus enough regular milk to equal 1 cup.
Half and Half – If you’re all out of half and half, you can replace 1 cup with 1 tablespoon of melted butter plus enough whole milk to equal one cup in volume.
Allspice – If a recipe calls for allspice, you can substitute an equal mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
Cardamom – Ginger can be substituted for cardamom.
Chili Powder – If you are all out of chili powder, substitute a dash of bottled hot sauce plus a little bit of oregano and cumin.
Cloves – You can substitute allspice, cinnamon or nutmeg for cloves.
Nutmeg – Cinnamon, ginger or mace can be substituted for nutmeg.
Saffron – A dash of turmeric will substitute nicely for saffron.
I hope these tips come in handy the next time you have a baking emergency. Print them out and hang them on your refrigerator door. And remember, I’m only a phone call away should you need my professional assistance with your Southern NJ real estate needs.