“Omg, I’m in the middle of holiday baking and just ran out of baking powder! I can’t run out to the supermarket right now. What do I do?”

If you run out of baking powder, just make your own. And, you can also rest assured that it’s aluminum-free.

Here’s a recipe for homemade baking powder. It’ll help alleviate some of the holiday stress.


1/4 cup cream of tartar

2 tablespoons baking soda

1. Stir 1/4 cup cream of tartar and 2 tablespoons baking soda through a fine strainer.

2. Repeat the above instruction two more times.

3. Store baking powder in an airtight container at room temperature (I prefer a glass jar with a cover or a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid).

4. Use this baking powder in the same manner as a commercial baking powder.

Note: Homemade Baking Powder may clump, so be sure to resift it before using.

This recipe for baking powder can be made up to 4 weeks ahead.

Text and Photograph ©2013 Nancy DeLucia Real