On this page, I will be showing you how to make your own baking ingredients at home. These tips are especially useful when a recipe calls for ingredients which are hard to find in your locality.
(1) Baking Powder
To make baking powder, combine 1 part baking soda with 1 part corn starch and 2 parts cream of tartar. For example, to make 4 teaspoons of baking powder, combine 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of corn starch and 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar.
(2) Cake Flour
To make 1 cup of cake flour, measure 1 cup of all purpose or plain flour. Take out 2 tablespoons of flour and replace them with 2 tablespoons of corn starch. Sift the mixture together.
To make 1 cup of buttermilk, place 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a cup and top the cup up with milk. Allow the mixture to stand for 5 minutes. Buttermilk can also be made from whipping cream through this procedure.
To make butter, whip whipping cream until the fat solids separate from the cream. The fat solids is butter while the remaining liquid is buttermilk. Read more about how to make butter here.
(5) Self-Rising Flour
To make 1 cup of self-rising flour, add 1-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of all purpose or plain flour.
(6) Caster Sugar
To make 1 cup of caster sugar, place a cup of granulated white sugar in a food processor and process for a couple of minutes.