DIY Essentials: Homemade Baking Powder

Andy Anderson !


Okay, you are in the middle of some cookies, cakes, biscuits… something with the word “baking” in it, and the next ingredient is baking powder, so you reach into the cabinet, and low-and-behold, there is none to be found.

You think, how could I, be out of baking powder… Moi???

Well, all may not be lost, because if you have two ingredients in your pantry, you are back to baking.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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How to Make DIY Essentials: Homemade Baking Powder


  2. Baking Soda:
    I can see where you might run out of baking powder; however, most kitchens would probably have a box or two of baking soda lying about. I use it in my refrigerator to absorb orders, I use it in my kitchen drains with some vinegar to sanitize the drains; I even use it to polish silver.

    Cream of Tartar:
    Now, cream of tartar may not be as common; however, I do have an alternative for you, if you do not have any. We will talk about that later.
  3. Cream of tartar is not just an ingredient to help you make baking powder, some of its other uses include:

    Acting as a leavening agent. In bread making, you use yeast to leaven the bread. You would not want your cookies to taste yeasty, so you could use cream of tartar instead.

    Stabilize egg whites. The acidic cream of tartar helps egg whites keep their high peaks, even in hot oven temperatures. This makes it perfect for meringue recipes or making cloud bread.

    Create creamier frostings, icings, or syrups. Using cream of tartar in your frosting recipe will prevent the creation of sugar crystals. It makes the best-textured frostings and icings, and it makes syrups that don't have crunchy sugar capsules.

    Use as a cleaning agent. Mix cream of tartar with a bit of water to clean stainless steel appliances.
  4. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  5. The ratio is very simple:

    1 teaspoon baking powder = 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, combined with 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar.

    1 tablespoon baking powder = 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, combined with 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar.

    Okay, you have baking soda, but you do not have any cream of tartar, there is another method, but it comes with a caveat… Replace the cream of tartar with another acid (lemon juice or white vinegar).

    Here is the warning: If you are doing a savory recipe, you will probably be okay; however, if it is a sweet recipe, the lemon, or vinegar will change the taste of the dish, and it might not be in a good way.
  7. Here are the ratios:

    1 teaspoon baking powder = 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar, combined with 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.

    1 tablespoon baking powder = 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar, combined with 3/4 teaspoon baking soda.
  9. Once mixed, use in any recipe that calls for baking powder. Enjoy.
  10. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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