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Baking Ingredients Substitutions

Updated on September 28, 2018
Baking Ingredients
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Oh no, I'm out of...

It's never fun to find out that you either don't have an ingredient you need to finish a special recipe that you've started. Or to find out that you don't have enough of that particular ingredient. It has happened to me more times than I want to remember. What do you do? Do you run to the store or do you search your cabinets for substitutions? I look for substitutions.

I have listed some of the substitution you can use when baking. These substitutions are only meant to be used when baking something. The mayonnaise substitution would not taste right if you tried to use it to make a sandwich. But, when used in baking you can't tell the difference. Next time you are baking and run out of something I hope you try one of these substitutions. They really work.

You might even like the finished product better when you use one of the substitutes. Who knows?

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Dry Ingredient Substitutions

 baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar 
baking soda 
1/2 tsp 
2 tsp double acting baking powder 
cornstarch ( for thickening) 
1 tbsp 
2 tbsp flour 
cream of tartar
1/2 tsp
1/ tsp white vinegar or 1/2 tsp lemon juice
cracker crumbs
3/4 cup
1 cup bread crumbs
square of chocolate
1 oz
1/4 cup cocoa and 1 1/2 tsp shortening
flour, all purpose
1 cup
1 cup plus 2 tbsp sifted cake flour
cake flour
1 cup
7/8 cup all purpose flour
sugar substitute
1 tsp
1 tsp Sugar Twin or Sprinnkle Sweet; 1/2 pkg Equal: 10 drops Sweet 10
brown sugar
1 cup, packed
1 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup molasses
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Wet Ingredient Substitutions

corn syrup 
1 cup 
1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup of whatever liquid is being used in recipe 
1 cup 
3/4 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup liquid 
1 cup 
1 cup honey 
milk, regular
1 cup
1/2 cup evaporated milk and 1/2 cup waterr
milk, sour
1 cup
1 cup milk and 1 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar
cream cheese
1/2 cup
1/2 cup skim milk ricotta chesse or 1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese beaten until smooth
shortening, melted
1 cup
1 cup cooking oil
1 cup
1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup sour cream
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Miscellaneous Ingredient Substitutions

canned tomatoes 
1 cup 
1/3 cup cut-up fresh tomatoes, simmered 10 minutes 
1 cup 
1 cup tomato sauce, 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tbsp vinegar 
egg, whole 
3 tbsp 
1/4 cup egg substitute or 2 egg whites 
2 cups uncooked
2 cups uncooked spaghetti or 4 cups noodles uncooked
marshmallows, minature
1 cup
10 large marshmallows
1 cup
1 cup sour cream or 1 cup plain yogurt
soy sauce
1/2 cup
4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce and 1 tbsp water
tomato juice
1 cup
1/2 cup tomatos sauce and 1/2 cup water
vegetable oil (baking only)
1 cup
1 cup applesauce
Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp
1 tsp steak sauce


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      vespawoolfe, I was always finding myself out of something I needed to finish a dish. I figured once I found substitutes for myself I would share.

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      Vespa Woolf 

      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a great hub! I have bookmarked it as I never seem to remember what substitutions to use when I'm out of an ingredient. Thank you! Voted up and awesome.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Fluffy, using some of these substitutes make it easier to follow a diet.

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      8 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      I really like this hub, I am going to try the mayo one and a few others out too. I knew about them but have only really used a few of them so far.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      K9, Thanks. I can't tell you how many times I have run out of baking items I needed. Thought the list might be helpful for others.

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      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      Outstanding stuff KKG! Thanks for sharing the substitutions for baking ingredients. Very Helpful. Linking in BTW...


    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks BK. I can't tell you how many times this list has come in handy for me. Thanks for stopping in.

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      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This is brilliant. I always have some ingredients but not all - so I can mix and match and maybe create what I need. Thanks so much!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks always exploring. There is always something that I need that I just don't have. Substitutions are a wonderful thing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      9 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What a great hub. I will print the substitutions. One i will use for sure is the butter milk, i never have that.


    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Minnetonka. It happened to me one too many times. I researched the ingredients substitutions because in this day and age who can afford to throw out food? Thanks for dropping in.

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      Linda Rogers 

      9 years ago from Minnesota

      What a great and useful hub. Thank you as this happens to me far too often and when I don't have a car, I quit the recipe. Rated this up and useful. Thx


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