So I don’t know about you, but there are certain sweet treats that aren’t enjoyable – that of being from the dense and dry variety. I have never heard anyone say, “Nothing satisfies my sweet tooth like a dry and dense cupcake!” So you ask, “What can I do to make my pancakes fluffier and my cupcakes lighter?” Well, it’s super simple and the answer is:
Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
The combination of vinegar and baking soda creates that timeless science experiment, which somehow ignites that, ‘wow’ factor no matter how old you are. So you might be asking:
“Why choose apple cider vinegar over traditional white distilled vinegar for my baked goods?”
Apple cider vinegar is sweeter because it is made with real apple juice! I love salt and vinegar chips, but I don’t want that pungent vinegar flavor in my baked goods. So how do you use baking soda and apple cider vinegar together? Here are my tips for this technique:
- Use the same ratio of baking soda to apple cider vinegar. (If your recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of baking soda, you will want to use 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.)
- Change up the baking instructions: Don’t add baking soda to the dry ingredients.
- At the very end of the recipe, right before your supposed to place your batter into its baking device, add the apple cider vinegar to the baking soda in a small dish.
- Once the apple cider vinegar and baking soda has reacted, pour the liquid into your batter and fold the mixture in, until combined.
- Let your batter sit for about 5 minutes to let the reaction really do its magic.
- This is important! DO NOT stir your batter after it has been sitting for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, without stirring, you can now scoop your batter!
The recipes that I most frequently use this technique is in red velvet and vanilla cakes/cupcakes as well as waffle and pancake batter.
I hope this trick works for you and helps you make even better baked goods! Let me know how it goes! Be creative! If you have a recipe that needs some added fluffiness, try this trick! Baking is part art, part chemistry, and of course fun! Worse case scenario you have to start over, but that’s part of learning! Don’t be scared to try something different.