Ingredient Substitutes

  • Baking substitutions: instead of a cup of self-rising flour you can use one cup all-purpose flour plus 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  • Instead of one cup cake flour use one cup minus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • Instead of one cup light-brown sugar use one cup white sugar plus one tablespoon molasses
  • Instead of one cup molasses use 3/4 cup dark brown sugar plus 1/4 cup water
  • Instead of one cup whole-wheat flour use 7/8 cup all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons wheat germ.

Substitutes for Alcohol in Cooking

  • For 1 cup of wine, try 7/8 cup chicken stock for savory dishes or fruit juice for desserts and the remaining 1/8 cup lemon juice or vinegar, or try tomato juice and add some fresh herbs.
  • For 1-2 Tbsp. dry wine substitute lemon juice or vinegar eg. for dips.
  • For Amaretto, try 1/2 tsp almond extract for each 1/4 cup liqueur. Add extract gradually and taste as you go along.
  • For orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier use equivalent amount of frozen orange juice plus a little orange rind.
  • For coffee liqueur, use coffee made with 4-6 times the amount of coffee you normally use or double-strength espresso.
  • For other fruit liqueurs, use the syrup from canned fruit (reduced by boiling).
  • For Rum: try small amount of rum extract or vanilla.