The Ultimate Guide to Baking Substitutions

In one easy chart.

We’ve all been there: you’re in the middle of baking a birthday cake or a batch of homemade cookies, and you realize you’re out of baking powder. Or chocolate chips. Or, perhaps the most frustrating of all, you open up the egg carton to discover there’s only one egg left. Whatever the case may be, the last thing you want to do is make a trip to the grocery store (after all, the project is already underway!), and you may be under a time crunch that doesn’t allow for leaving the house. Instead of getting discouraged (or deciding to omit the ingredient altogether, which could result in an unfortunate baked good), we’ve put together a comprehensive list of simple substitutions for a number of common baking needs, from buttermilk to brown sugar (which, have no fear, you can DIY with white sugar and molasses).

Though we wouldn’t recommend making a habit out of using the substitutions for too many ingredients, some of these swaps may pleasantly surprise you. Always made your signature breakfast granola with honey? You might find you like it even better with maple syrup. Bringing a dessert to book club this week? Vegans in the group will be thrilled if you use the vegan-friendly substitute for eggs. Instead of turning to the Internet every time you find yourself in need of a substitution, we recommend printing out this chart and hanging it on your fridge. You’ll be happy to have it next time you find yourself in mid-recipe panic.

The Ultimate Guide to Baking Substitutions