Substitute For Baking Soda

There are a couple of things you can substitute for baking soda. The importance of baking soda is its leavening quality. In other words, it is what makes a cake rise. The question becomes what do you want the baking soda to do?

Items needed:

  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Beer
  • Eggs
  • Applesauce
  • Yeast
  1. Depending on how much rise you need for your recipe, this will determine which substitute and how much to use. Most of the time this is a trial and error game, so start early.
  2. Care needs to taken when substituting baking powder for baking soda. Your finished recipe will taste bitter if too much baking powder is used. As a rule of thumb, use half as much baking powder as baking soda. A ratio of 1:0.5 is the ratio to work with.
  3. Beer will rise immediately and is good if you are preparing a batter. A ratio of 1:2 will work.
  4. Eggs and yeast will rise when cooked and are good for baking. The ratio should be 1:1.  
  5. Since cakes already call for eggs, applesauce can be used in place of baking soda. The ratio here would be 3:1.
  6. If you are planning on having guests over, make a trial run with your recipe. If it turns out well, go with it. If it turns out poorly, you will still have enough time for plan B.
  7. Plan B can be as simple as opening a can of mixed fruit topped with whipped cream or as complicated as brandy poured over canned apricots and served flaming. 
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