The Reason Club Soda Works As A Substitute For Baking Powder

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of baking and realized that you're out of baking powder? It's a dilemma that can easily throw off your recipe but don't worry, club soda could be the solution. That's right, the fizzy, carbonated drink that's often used in cocktails can be substituted for baking powder in a pinch. But how does it work, and when should you use it?

If you're an avid home baker, then you likely know that baking powder is a leavening agent that helps baked goods rise (via MasterClass). It consists of an alkaline base, usually baking soda, and an acid, such as cream of tartar. When combined with liquid, these two components react and produce carbon dioxide, causing the batter or dough to expand and become lighter. 

While baking powder and soda may sound more alike than expected, that doesn't mean you can swap them in recipes, which leaves you with the predicament of finding a worthy substitute. Luckily, club soda can produce the same results as baking powder without having to change up the ratio, like you would need to with baking soda.

Club soda contains carbon dioxide and baking soda

Club soda contains carbon dioxide, and this fizziness, paired with sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda) can be used to achieve the same leavening effect as baking powder, according to Healthline. To substitute club soda for baking powder, you will need to use it in place of all other liquids in the recipe (via Epicurious).

When using club soda as a substitute for baking powder, it's important to consider the type of baked good you're making. Club soda is best suited for recipes that are naturally acidic, such as pancakes, waffles, or quick breads. 

It's important to note that club soda should not be used in recipes that require yeast or in recipes where the leavening effect is critical, such as in cakes or soufflés. The reaction between club soda and baking soda is not as strong as the reaction between baking powder and liquid, so the final product may not rise as much or have the desired texture.

So, keep club soda in mind as a handy substitute for baking powder in a pinch, but remember that it's important to use it in the right recipe and in the correct amount.