We’ve all been there. You’re getting ready to bake a cake and realise you’re out of a key ingredient like eggs or sugar, or they’re past their use-by date. But don’t abandon your recipe just yet. There are plenty of simple swaps you can make to keep things on track, using everyday ingredients from your cupboard.
Some of these substitutions will alter the end result a bit, either in flavour or consistency, but sometimes there will be no noticeable difference. Many of these swaps are also helpful when you’re catering for certain dietary requirements or food allergies, and can often make your bake a little bit healthier, too.
So for when you’re running low on anything from flour or baking powder to buttermilk, here are some of our favourite baking substitutions that may just save the day (and your bake).