The Most Useful Substitutions You Need To Know If You’re Baking This Christmas

You'll need to know these for your Christmas baking needs.

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The holiday can keep households busy with errands that need to be done, parties to prepare for, and other obligations that require your attention. And we know that traffic can keep you from going out just to buy one missing ingredient you need to bake that cake.


But did you know there are substitutions you can easily make?


While substituting ingredients isn’t always recommended, there are ingredients you can easily change to another that you may have on hand right now.


So should you run out of a particular ingredient and it is not readily available at your nearest sari-sari store, here are a few substitutions for common baking ingredients that can save your baking day. 


Ingredient Substitutions

1 cup fresh milk = 1/2 cup evaporated milk + 1/2 cup water OR 1/3 cup powdered milk + enough water to make 1 cup


1 cup butter = 1 cup margarine


1 cup cake flour = 1 cup minus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour


1 cup powdered sugar = 1 cup white sugar, finely chopped in blender or food processor, + 2 tablespoons cornstarch


1 cup brown sugar = 1 cup white sugar + 1 tablespoon molasses


1 cup heavy cream = 3/4 cup all-purpose cream + 3 tablespoons fresh milk


1 teaspoon baking powder = 1/4 teaspoon baking soda + pinch of cream of tartar or 1 teaspoon lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon vinegar


1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar = 1 teaspoon lemon juice OR 1 teaspoon vinegar


1 cup buttermilk = 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice + enough fresh milk to make 1 cup; let stand 5 minutes OR 1 cup yogurt OR 1 cup sour cream


1 cup sweetened condensed milk = Simmer 2 cups fresh milk + 1/2 cup sugar + 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract until reduced by half and thickened



1 cup sour cream = 1 teaspoon lemon juice + 1 cup all-purpose cream


1 large egg = 1 medium egg OR 1 small egg


2 large eggs = 2 medium eggs OR 3 small eggs


3 large eggs = 4 medium eggs OR 4 small eggs


1 cup graham cracker crumbs = 1 cup finely crushed cookies


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