What To Do When You Add Too Much Baking Soda/Baking Powder

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Baking Powder. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Using too much baking soda or baking powder can really mess up a recipe – causing it to rise uncontrollably and taste terrible. But, don't freak out, if you accidentally dumped in more baking soda or baking powder than you meant to. As long as you know how much you added, you can fix it. Here's how:

Just increase the other ingredients in the recipe to match the amount of baking soda/baking powder that you used.

Then, proceed with the recipe as usual. If you can, increase the ingredients enough to create another full recipe. This may require a few tricky measurements and conversions, but it'll save you from having an awkward portion that is either too big or too small for your pan, or that requires a special oven time.

This isn't a perfect solution, since it will give you a larger batch than you intended to make (and may require an extra pan or cookie sheet), but it sure beats tossing out all of those ingredients.

If you haven't stirred your ingredients in yet ...

You may be able to simply scoop out the baking soda/powder and start again. This method will waste a bit of baking soda/powder, but it'll allow you to save the rest of your ingredients.

If you aren't sure how much baking soda/powder you added and you can't scoop it all out ...

Tossing your ingredients out and starting again is probably your best bet.

While it's painful to waste ingredients, you probably won't be happy with the way your recipe turns out, if you decide to move forward with your recipe. And the only thing worse than wasting ingredients is wasting ingredients and time.

You should also consider starting over if you're baking for guests ...

When you're cooking for family, flops aren't a big deal.

But when you're cooking for other people, you want your recipe to turn out right. If you're making something that you won't be able to taste before serving, it's probably best to start over. You want to be remembered for your baking successes -- not your baking flops.

Learn More About Baking Soda and Baking Powder:

Baking soda and baking powder serve an important purpose in baking, so it''s worth learning more about them. Here are some things to add to your memory bank:

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