Easy Homemade Baking Powder

I love to bake. I love throwing a mess of ingredients together and watching the charming chemistry that transforms that mess into something tender and toothsome. But I don’t like baking powder. All too often it imparts a bitter-salty-chemically flavor that my animal instinct reacts poorly to. (As in, “that tastes toxic, spit it out!”) But alas, no baking powder, no leavening. So I have started using a very simple recipe for homemade baking powder that nixes the extra chemicals and doesn’t taste like a mouth full of metal.

This surprisingly easy workaround comes from the venerable Southern cook Edna Lewis. Some recipes call for corn starch as a filler, but I have never found the extra ingredient necessary.

Ĺ cup cream of tartar
4 tablespoons baking soda

Sift through a fine strainer three or four times and store in an airtight container. That’s it!

Homemade baking powder can be stored for up to four weeks (make a half batch or smaller if you don’t use it much).

By Melissa Breyer, Senior Producer, Care2 Green Living


Val M.
Val M5 years ago


Lisa Gourley
Lisa Gourley5 years ago


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

I'm sorry, I meant Melissa. Thank you for this Information!

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Ajla C.
Past Member 5 years ago

hvala na receptu

Patricia Cannell
Patricia Cannell5 years ago

Even though I bake often it is still cheaper for me to purchase baking powder than to make my own. The reason? Cream of tartar is so expensive!! I can buy a large container of baking powder for cheaper than the price of about 6 tsp. of cream of tartar.

Lisa P.
Lisa P.5 years ago

Thanks for the information. I too, don't use baking powder alot, but I do know this has gotta be a more economical way to go... :-)

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez5 years ago

This is good to know. Thanks to whomever posted where to get cream of tartar on line. The small packages are really expensive.