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13 Essential Baking Substitutes for When you Need Cake

10 April, 2020
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Vegetable oil substitute baking

If you're looking for a healthier alternative to vegetable oil, try olive, coconut or avocado oil. You can try a healthier apple sauce swop in!

Discover all the vegetable oil substitutes here.

Substitute for honey in baking

Date syrup and barley malt are just two natural sweet liquids that can fill in for the sweet elixir that's honey.

Discover more sweet alternatives.

Cream substitute

Cooking without dairy cream is possible. Cashew nut cream, coconut cream and many more mean you can still get to work whipping, filling and topping with lashings of cream.

Find out all the vegan cream options.

Substitute for buttermilk in baking

Buttermilk pancakes

No buttermilk, no problem! Milk with a spoonful of vinegar or lemon juice works just as well, as does yoghurt or sour cream thinned with milk (or plain water, in a pinch).

Try whipping us these fluffy buttermilk pancakes for breakfast with your new found technique.

Substitute for baking powder

If you've run out of baking powder, have a go at making your own baking powder and discover just how easy it is.

Alternatively, trying baking without in these tried and tested treats ... 

chocolate cookies without baking powder

muffins without baking powder

chocolate cake without baking powder.

How to bake without flour

Replacing flour when you’re baking is a tricky thing to do but thanks to a massive number of interesting ideas in the kitchen there’s lots of ways to cook a cake while avoiding what many see as a key ingredient.

Here's how to get started without flour and with alternative flours ...

Easy flourless chocolate cake recipe

Vegan pancakes with chickpea flour


Subsitute for baking soda

Baking soda or bircarbonate of soda is one of the most widely used leaveners in baked goods. 

If you don't have any baking soda, try using egg white club soda for when you need leavening action.

A food scientist reveals all here.

How to bake bread without yeast

Soda Bread

Yeast is a sought after commodity these days. If you didn't' manage to bag any, don't let you baking dreams disappear!

Here are three yeast free bread recipes for tried and tested classics including Irish soda bread and Australian Damper bread. Or, alternatively, you could even have a go at making your own sourdough starter with just flour and water.

Cream of tartar substitute

Cream of tartar is an acid—specifically, tartaric acid most commonly used as a lavender. Lemon juice and vinegar are the best acidic substitutes for cream of tartar

Find out everything you need to know about cream of tartar, including how to replace it here.



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