How to check the potency of Baking Powder and Baking Soda

Baking powder and baking soda are one of the main ingredients of cakes and cupcakes, which lend the volume and softness that is required to lend that melt-in-the-mouth goodness to your cakes. However, very often we use these products in our baking to find that the finished product is flat and dense.

Every time you use baking powder and soda, it is wise to check its efficiency. it doesn’t take a long time, and saves you a lot of heartache that would result from a poorly risen cake.

How to check the efficacy of baking powder?

First of all, discard any baking powder that has been opened for six months. It is best to use it all within six months. Yet, you can check the efficiency of baking powder in this manner:

In a bowl, preferably steel, take one tablespoon of water. Add a pinch of baking powder to it. If it effervesces, and bubbles well, it is potent and you can use it. If not, try using warm water. If it still doesn’t bubble, discard it.

How to check the efficacy of baking soda?

For soda, you need to check it in vinegar. Take one tablespoon of vinegar in a bowl. Add a pinch of baking soda to it. if it bubbles furiously, it is potent and you can use it. If it doesn’t, discard it.

A small pinch will go a long way in getting you amazing cakes, each and every time 🙂

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