9 Baking Ingredients You Can Make Yourself

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You know those days when you start a baking project only to discover halfway through that you’re missing a key ingredient? We’ve all been there. Rather than waste time and energy — not to mention gas — by running to the grocery store, first check to see if there’s a way you can make that missing ingredient at home.

The idea of making your own basic baking staple may seem a bit strange, but imagine the convenience if you can do so by using ingredients you already have in your house. As an added bonus, you might use up something that’s been sitting unused in the back of your pantry. Keep reading to learn how you can take charge of your baking dilemmas with our list of easy substitution recipes.

Baking Ingredients Recipes

Check out the DIY recipes for these nine baking ingredients. A few of them even include vegan options! Click the links if you’d like to jump ahead.

  1. Brown Sugar
  2. Powdered Sugar
  3. Cake Flour
  4. Baking Powder
  5. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  6. Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk
  7. Evaporated Milk
  8. Vanilla Extract
  9. Buttermilk

And up first, brown sugar …

Brown Sugar

Many baking recipes call for brown sugar, but if you find yourself without it (or if it’s turned into a hard block in your cabinet), making your own is pretty simple.

Gemma Stafford, chef of Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking explains that you only need two ingredients to make your own brown sugar: white sugar and molasses. Stafford’s instructions for DIY brown sugar include guidance on making both light and dark versions, so head on over to Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking for the scoop.

Next: Powdered Sugar

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