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Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)

What is an alternative to bicarbonate soda?


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April 26, 2013 1:28PM

Depends on what reciepe you are using and what the purpose is: I often use yeast but in some recipes depending on the fluffiness of the cake I will sometimes use baking soda. A friend of mine uses "fizzy water" (carbonated water) as an alternative.

Yeast is only used in bread related recipes, whereas bicarb can be used n cakes


Baking Soda in a recipe is to help with 'spreadability of the cookie or cake. You don't use it in pancakes so you want the batter to 'stay put'. In a cookie, you want it to spread out a bit, in the cake, you want it to fill in the space of the pan.

Baking Soda and Baking Powder CAN be used for each other in a subbing situation. They are both considered leavening agents. In choosing to substitute one for the other you have to know the ratio AND the fact the flavor WILL be DIFFERENT.

1 TSP of Baking Soda needs 3 TSP of Baking Powder. OMIT all SALT.

Reverse it to use soda instead of baking powder.

You can also use 2 tsp soda and 1 tsp cream of tarter to create BAKING POWDER. Again, omit the salt from the recipe.

AGAIN, any substitutions of ingredients, expect flavor change to happen.