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What Can I Substitute for Baking Soda?

This is a story about me standing in my kitchen in a panic asking out loud, “What can I substitute for baking soda?” It starts out as a tragedy. It turns into a fairy tale ; )

Yesterday, Jeremy and I were making some Gingerbread Blondies* for some troops overseas. I was convinced I had all the ingredients for this holiday treat.

Deep into the recipe I saw an ingredient I had misread, baking soda…not baking powder.

Jeremy knew something was wrong because as my eyes fell upon the “add baking soda” part, I screamed. I do that a lot in the kitchen. The first hundred times I did it, Jeremy thought I had cut off my fingers. Nope! When I scream in the kitchen it’s usually because I accidentally used sugar instead of salt or I am missing an ingredient or something is expired 🙂

Out of baking soda?! No problem! Here is the substitute!

Kind of like this. Super attractive, right? Really turns Jeremy on…or not.

Jeremy says I feel the need to be heard every 15 min. and that is why I randomly scream. I reject that. REJECTED. But, it’s probably something that needs to be revisited. In a therapy session. He should really look into that, poor guy. 🙂

I had to explain to him that, OBVIOUSLY, I am actually very cool and collected when under duress. Anytime something has really gone wrong, like a sliced finger (ask Brandy), a fire (not contained in a fireplace), a pecan pie falling in slow motion hot from the oven onto the floor…I am actually very quite silent. I assess. And then act.

Anyway, I screamed, showed Jeremy all my appendages to calm him down and then exclaimed, “I have no baking soda.”

What Can I Substitute for Baking Soda?

After talking to my mom (a master in the kitchen who now answers “Kitchen Hotline!” when I call her phone) I had the solution. You can use baking powder in place of baking soda, you just need to triple the amount. You can do this because there is actually baking soda in baking powder, but just a little bit.

What can I substitute for baking soda?! Best tip!!!!

Get Argo! It is aluminum free! Bad aluminum. Stay out of my baking powder.

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My recipe called for 1 teaspoon of baking soda so I substituted with 3 teaspoons baking powder. (That math was for free. Any additional math requests and there will be a fee.)

BUT WAIT…another gem of a fact. There is salt in baking powder so it is usually a good rule of thumb to omit any salt the recipe calls for. My recipe called for a tsp of salt and since I like testing things…I added the salt. 🙂 I know, Out. Of. Control.  I live on the edge.

When the gingerbread squares were baked and cooled, I tasted one. And screamed. And then I showed Beau all my appendages for added relief. And then noted that the baked treat was a little on the salty side.

What can I substitute for baking soda?! Best tip!!!!

It was slight. Not overpowering, but still there.

Other than that, they were seriously delicious. We will make these again and again for holidays to come. And they were pretty effortless (if you have a mixer). Get the recipe (or scroll to bottom of post for full recipe in printable format).

So, let’s recap. You can keep your birthday suit on (that’s what you cook in, right?) when you realize you have no baking soda. Just reach for the baking powder, triple the amount called for and omit the salt.

Done and done.

*We wanted to make a Christmas treat for the troops we know that will be gone for the holidays. I needed a treat that travels well. These blondies are both festive and travel very well. If you need to make a treat that will travel, get the recipe below.

And now for the cliff notes. This is my artistic side coming out 🙂 Enjoy:

What can I substitute for baking soda?! Here is the conversion!!

The BEST kitchen hack! What can I substitute for baking soda? Every cook needs this trick!


White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • Ingredients
  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 2 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 1/2 sticks (20 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 10 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Coat a 17-by-12-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Line bottom with parchment cut to fit, and coat parchment.
  4. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  5. Beat butter and brown and granulated sugars with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Add eggs and yolk, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla and molasses. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Stir in white chocolate.
  6. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake until edges are golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 2-inch squares or desired shape.


Blondies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Recipe Credit: Martha Stewart


  • Serving Size: 1
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  • Meredith "Roomie" LewisDecember 13, 2012 - 8:40 am

    This is truly, SO fantastic. I may print and frame. No lie.ReplyCancel

  • Brandy CampbellDecember 13, 2012 - 9:30 am

    I can attest to the calm, cool and collected Brianne when the finger is nearly sliced off. She’s basically a rockstar.ReplyCancel

  • Mama's Always HomeOctober 15, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    Thanks for posting the info. I have a problem with those screams too. Ha ha! You were the first article I clicked on for substitution. I was in the middle of making my boys homemade cookies when I realized I was ou tof baking soda. Your post was a blessing. I just used baking powder and it worked like a charm. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • AprilDecember 10, 2013 - 11:42 am

    You are a lifesaver! Thank you from somebody who just realized she didn’t buy a second box of baking powder all of those months ago.ReplyCancel

  • Ari LJune 23, 2014 - 2:28 am

    Following you now after this tip.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny TomlinAugust 20, 2014 - 9:41 pm

    Awesome sauce! So glad I looked for a substitution…didn’t want to have to run out to the store and I want to make paleo zucchini and/or peach muffins to take into work tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • PaulaOctober 18, 2014 - 2:50 am

    If it calls for 3/4 teaspoons of baking soda do I put it I. 3 times?ReplyCancel

  • Dawn St. AmandNovember 8, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    THanks for this!ReplyCancel

  • Mary HollowayNovember 26, 2014 - 3:11 pm

    I react the same way you do when I forget an item.
    you have been in my favor today thank you for the tip on baking soda.ReplyCancel

  • Carmela Sticco McVeigh CaughieDecember 12, 2014 - 1:54 pm

    thank you so much came out okReplyCancel

  • Sally EnzleDecember 30, 2014 - 6:02 am

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • coffee49January 4, 2015 - 6:08 pm

    You were a life saver today. I was out of Baking soda for my homemade biscuits.ReplyCancel

  • Marianne pettittMarch 10, 2015 - 8:54 am

    I appreciate your knowing your tip of substituting triple amount of Baking Powder is = to t tsp. of Baking Soda. That is very good to know.And to omit salt when doing so…
    Thank you
    Lil BitReplyCancel

  • Sharyn AcklandApril 24, 2015 - 11:48 pm

    Thank you, now I can go ahead and make ANZAC biscuits for ANZAC day.ReplyCancel

  • Safya SulemanMay 7, 2015 - 2:13 pm

    My recipe called for 1/2 tsp baking soda as well as 1 1/4 tsp of baking powder…so then what should i do?ReplyCancel

  • StaceyMay 24, 2015 - 8:39 pm

    Yaaay life saver!ReplyCancel

  • PeggyJune 9, 2015 - 1:06 am

    What if my recipe calls for baking powder and baking soda and I only have the baking powder, do I still add the baking powder and the triple baking powder to make up for the missing baking soda?ReplyCancel

  • Carmelita PolaszJuly 10, 2015 - 2:47 pm

    Thank I can bake my favorite banana loafReplyCancel

  • farhanaSeptember 5, 2015 - 7:54 pm

    Excellent thanks for the info. Baking soda is never on my shopping list.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica AndersonSeptember 15, 2015 - 3:05 am

    Not trying to pit you down but what if I don’t have baking powder. What do I do. I’m 12 and want to make scones for my moms breakfast before she leaves for work one day. Please help. I just want to do something nice for her after all she has done for me.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa BoutrosOctober 11, 2015 - 10:21 am

    what can i use if i don’t want to use neither baking soda nor baking powder?ReplyCancel

  • Edith CollinsonOctober 16, 2015 - 9:05 pm

    Thank you so much for your insight on no baking soda .. I new their was salt in baking soda and that is why I can’t eat many pad try’s because the salt does raise your blood pressure and since I am going medicine free it makes all the difference .. God Bless You ReplyCancel

  • BeckyNovember 2, 2015 - 11:54 pm

    Thanks for the tip and for doing the math!ReplyCancel

  • Jena LynnNovember 26, 2015 - 3:51 am

    Love your writing and that I can substitute! The free math was a bonus esp since I hate math 😉ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn MccollemDecember 3, 2015 - 5:04 pm

    Gosh thank you. Right in the middle of making my molasses cookie dough, and you guessed it, no B soda I googled and here you come to my rescue. Would have never guessed to triple BP. Thank you again, and I enjoyed the humor , MERRY CHRISTMASReplyCancel

  • AlexandreaDecember 9, 2015 - 4:37 am

    needed baking soda I had none realizing this only after I had my ingredients mixed up. Stuck in the middle of the night with no stores open. I went to the neighbors and asked politelyReplyCancel

  • Mico ZecDecember 21, 2015 - 7:02 am

    Thanks for the information, It helps me a lot.ReplyCancel

  • Lauri-Jo KotzenJanuary 4, 2016 - 5:05 pm

    Thanks and love the gingerbread recipe and your generosity to the troops. Very toughtful.ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyJanuary 13, 2016 - 8:15 pm

      Thank you so much! So grateful for your comment. xoxoReplyCancel

  • RekhaFebruary 10, 2016 - 12:49 pm

    Thanks Dear..I was baking a chocolate cake for my son..baking soda was not there…I used your formula of 3 times although in a hurry forgot to omit the salt…but the cake came out very well…it was little dry…but I used sugar syrup to make it moist…Thanks a bunch…ReplyCancel

  • Priscilla MooreApril 8, 2016 - 12:02 am

    What happens if you don’t have either what can I useReplyCancel

  • Dana SaundersMay 9, 2016 - 5:09 pm

    Eek half way into a recipe and realize I don’t have baking soda OR powder!!ReplyCancel

  • Danita OkasaMay 30, 2016 - 6:32 pm

    Thanks so much for saving my banana bread and saving my lazy butt a trip to the grocery store lol.ReplyCancel

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    Dang…i added the salt alreadyReplyCancel

  • Amy HuffmanAugust 27, 2016 - 3:33 pm

    I followed your suggestion for substituting baking powder for baking soda & salt. It worked well in the oatmeal cookies I made. I discovered I was out of baking soda while I was creaming the butter & sugar, so it was especially helpful. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyAugust 27, 2016 - 4:04 pm

      I am so grateful it worked, Amy! Those cookies sound yummy 🙂ReplyCancel

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    Thanks for this tip! I just stumbled across your blog when searching for baking soda replacement. Perfect! And your writing is so much fun to read. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyOctober 28, 2016 - 4:04 pm

      Thanks so much, Jess! I am so grateful you found my little space and left a comment that made me smile 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Joyce GrantJanuary 26, 2017 - 1:51 am

    Thanks for the tip. I don’t like the taste of food with baking soda in it.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda SteedmanFebruary 27, 2017 - 9:24 pm

    I made muffins and was supposed to put 3 teaspoon of baking powder. I had 2 containers that looked so much a like of baking powder and baking soda. I have been making these bran muffins for weeks now and realized I have been adding 3 teaspoons of soda instead of baking powder. So I made them with baking powder today. I have to say I really like the baking soda better.ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 28, 2017 - 11:12 pm

      Oh my goodness, Brenda! What an amazing discovery. Love when things like this happen 🙂 Happy baking!ReplyCancel

  • JulieMay 21, 2018 - 6:51 pm

    I was right to trust you.  My cookies turned out just fine.ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyMay 24, 2018 - 4:02 pm

      I am so grateful! Thank you for trusting me 🙂ReplyCancel

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    My recipe is for 2tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt with only one cup of flour. I’m thinking 2tbsp of baking soda is going to be way too salty, even if I omit the salt. Ideas?ReplyCancel

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    Overall, while baking soda is a commonly used ingredient, it’s good to know that there are alternatives available. With a bit of creativity and experimentation, you can still create delicious baked goods even without baking soda on hand.ReplyCancel

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