We were all in this situation, you're in the middle of the recipe and you know you're missing a main ingredient. There is a reason why it is such a cliché to go next door to borrow a cup of sugar, that it happens! Our baking substitutions guide means that you can save the probably humiliating trip next door, because for almost every baking need, we have an alternative ingredient, some of which are very surprising.
Anyone who's been baking before knows that it's almost like science. If you get imaginative, replacing a key ingredient is easy. You have to make sure that the ingredient's consistency is identical, because it has the same effect, but it does not necessarily have to have the same taste. For instance, if you crave buttermilk pancakes but don't want to visit the store first, for the same result, mix one cup of milk with a tablespoon of vinegar. Or as a replacement for an egg, you can use a quarter-cup of canned pumpkin or squash.
Not out of desperation, but just to make a tasty treat a little less decadent, some baking swaps are completed. In lieu of margarine, a smart trick when making muffins or cupcakes is to use apple sauce. For much less calories, you can also substitute sour cream for plain yogurt.
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