The difference between baking powder, baking soda and bicarbonate of soda

They might sound similar, but how do these cooking agents work individually?

Related Stories

Baking soda and bicarbonate of soda are actually different names for the same thing, but here in Australia it is mainly referred to as bicarbonate of soda.

Both bicarbonate of soda and baking powder are leavening agents. When included in a batter, the leavening agent creates air bubbles that expand when cooked, and cause it to rise.

Bicarbonate of soda needs to be mixed with moisture and an acidic ingredient for the necessary chemical reaction to make it rise, such as lemon juice, chocolate, buttermilk or honey.

Baking powder often comes pre-mixed with the acidic ingredient for you – so all you need to do is add the moisture. To make your own baking powder, mix two parts cream of tartar with one part bicarbonate of soda.
Vote it up
60
Like this Article?Vote it up

Advertisement

Lastest Deal
The Chocolate Lover's Cookbook
The Chocolate Lover's Cookbook
49.98  $39.97 buy
Advertisement

Latest Contests

Free E-Book Samplers

Extreme Earth
new
Extreme Earth
Challenges and
expands our understanding of our beautiful and mysterious planet with astonishing facts and the fascinating stories...
Download
Ultimate Book of Knowledge
Foods That Harm Foods That Heal Cookbook
Diabetes Cookbook
 
 
Advertisement
Important Information
Customer Care

Shop at our store!

• Books
• DVDs
• Music
• Gifts

Click Here

 

WIN! WIN!

Your chance to win cash & prizes!
Enter now

Are you a winner?
Click here